James Stewart, his wife, six children, dog and goat in their modern covered wagon at Dunbarton, Ontario during move from Watrous-Sasaktoon Canada to Montreal. They advance to a farm in the East. Mrs. Stewart milks the goat and gives one of her children the milk to drink. Mr. Stewart changes the horseshoes on one of the horses. The wagon moves along a wind-swept roadway
Australian rowing champion Evans Paddon arrives for Sculls title race in Toronto, Ontario. Evans Paddon shakes hand with a man. He holds the boat and gets in the water. He is seated in the boat for the race and holds scull. He starts rowing the boat. A man helps him. Men stand near a monument memorializing Edward Hanlan, a renowned oarsman.
'Silver mining in Ontario ' about mining operations in silver mines in Ontario, Canada. Silver mines in Northern Ontario, Canada. Miners line up as they enter a lift that takes them 400 feet underground to a mine. A man at a throttle as he pulls it. Miners conduct drilling in the underground mine. A miner drills into the roof of the mine. Rocks being blasted with an explosive. Pieces of rock after the blast. A worker with a mine helmet with a torch in front. A miner drills into the rocks to extract silver. Timber being used to support broken ores after the blast. Ore being drawn out by a man as he empties it out in a container car. Men push around the cars. An electric engine pulls the cars to a central station.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini standing together in an open car during a motorcade in Munich, in 1938. Civilian spectators render Nazi salutes as they pass. Next, British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, arriving for the Munich treaty conference, steps from a British Airways Lockheed Model 14 passenger plane. An honor guard of helmeted and white-gloved German soldiers stands at attention during his welcome. Adolf Hitler climbs stairs of Berghof together with Chamberlain and Hitler's interpretor, Paul Otto Schmidt, on September 15, 1938 for their conference. Crowds of Germans give Nazi salute and cheer as Hitler and Mussolini appear on a balcony. Prime Minister Chamberlain back from the conference, speaks to the crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938, saying, among other thing, "We regard the agreement signed last night, and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desires of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again." Damaged buildings and ruins of city. Mussolini giving an impassioned speech. Italian cavalry carrying out a charge in Ethiopia. Italian troops employing machine guns in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War circa 1936. Italian infantry charging across sand dunes. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie at the League of Nations podium. Nazi Swastika eagle statue. A formation of German troops, during the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria,in 1938). Hitler at a podium. People rendering Nazi salute in annexed city.
At this point, the film transitions to 1950 as North Korean troops cross the 39th parallel and start the Korean War. A nighttime artillery barrage. North Korean troops firing a Browning M1917 machine gun and rifles. The feet of American soldiers are jumping out of foxholes as U.S.M26 Pershing tanks fire their guns from tilted positions below hills. A Pershing tank crosses a bridge back into South Korea, where a sign reads:"You are now crossing the 38th parallel, Co.B 728 MP."
Scene shifts again, to President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers speech about Vietnam at a news conference on July 28, 1965, in which he states,among other things, "Three times in my lifetime...Americans have gone to far lands to fight for freedom..." as he explains U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the Vietnam War.
Scenes from the New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane) (or Long Island Express) (or The Great Hurricane of 1938). Hurricane hitting U.S. Eastern Seaboard on September 21, 1938. The Coast from New Jersey to New England felt its effect. Cars and people drenched with water in streets. Policemen wade through hip deep water. New York is whipped by 70 mile-an-hour winds and the raging sea pouring tons of water far inland. A man retreats from a dock as waves pour water on him. Outcome of hurricane shows broken ships, downed trees, and devastation at the water front in coastal areas including Atlantic City, New London Connecticut, and Long Island. Firemen in New London Connecticut battle fires. Aerial view of destroyed shoreline and beached boats in New London. Broken cars crushed by fallen trees. Crowds gather to look at damage as a lone sentry guards against looting. Boats along the Atlantic Coast are destroyed. A boat is seen on a road in front of Merkel's Delicatessen. View of a train that was derailed by the hurricane on Long Island. Shot of a car that was carried far off a roadway and impaled on an upright beam.
Scene of boats docked on the Thames River with Houses of Parliament in the background, in England. Scenes related to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's trip, September 15-16, 1938. to meet Adolf Hitler, at Berchtesgarden,Germany. Chamberlain steps from an airplane. Neville Chamberlain, on September 16, 1938, after returning from Bertchtesgarden. He is seen making his way through a crowd at Heston Airport in London, England, where he speaks into a microphone. Scenes from September 15, 1938, before leaving to meet German Chancellor Adolf Hitler,in Berchtesgarden. Crowds gather on top of the airport building. Cameramen record the event. Police officers and officials stand about waiting for Chamberiain to depart. A British Airways aircraft lands and taxis in at Heston Airport. German Charge d'Affaires, Herr Kordt, Lord Halifax and Prime Minister Chamberlain talk with each other. Chamberlain cuts open a letter, from the King, and reads it, privately. Chamberlain makes a speech , surrounded by microphones, as photographers take pictures. Chamberlain poses beside the airplane. Lord Halifax joins him. Chamberlain doffs his hat and looks about to enter the aircraft.