Refugees throng Shanghai as Chinese Army advances. Many are screened by Nationality before boarding the USS General W.H.Gordon to evacuate. The ship departs from Shanghai. Communists parade in Italy and assemble at event overseen by Communist leader Palmiro Togliatti. In East Germany a large statue-Poster showing Marshal Stalin. Speakers at rally of East German FDGB (Freier Deutscher Gewerkshaftsbund) which is the Free German Trade Union Federation. Rioting and destruction in East Berlin.
German troops and supplies in Eurasia during World War II. German transport aircraft Junkers Ju 52 are fueled and loaded with supplies. A Junkers Ju 52 aircraft taxis. Aircraft in flight. In Russia : Supplies are dropped for German troops in Russia. Men and munitions behind German lines. Aircraft parked in a line in the background. Soldiers unload munition.
Activities in Eurasia. The Brussels Fair. People at the fair. Women holding flags of different countries. Fountains in between. The Soviet exhibition hall. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser shakes hand with Nikita Khrushchev the 1st Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union. Abdel Nasser speaks into a microphone. Arab people march on the streets and hold banners. King Faisal of Iraq at a podium. People on either side of the streets. King Faisal's son in a chariot. The people greet him. A harbor. U.S. Marines land at Lebanon bay. The marines carry supplies. Red China launches an artillery attack on Quemoy Island. Troops carry shells. The troops walk in a trench with guns. Chinese men look through binoculars. U.S. 7th Fleet sailors on a ship underway at sea. Supplies in an LCV (Landing Craft Vehicle). They are supplied with food. Buildings in Berlin. People on the streets. A damaged building in the town. Soldiers walk on the streets. A man rides a horse drawn cart. The soldiers stand in front of a building.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.
The 1949 Hollywood Gold Cup was held at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, California. (The entire Hollywood Park season was moved to Santa Anita, following a devastating fire on the night of May 5, 1949 that destroyed Hollywood Park's grandstand.) The spectators seated in the stands. The horses on tracks . The owner of the horse, Solidarity. The race starts. The spectators watch the race and cheer. The horses run on the track. The spectators watch as Solidarity wins the race.
Film opens showing armed conflict in Laos and South America. Soldiers firing rifles in jungle areas. Armed men running across a field and in a town in Cyprus. Heavy armor engaged in conflict and buildings burning in undisclosed location. Riots in Congo. Armed Republic of South Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) moving through jungle. A Viet Cong shot as ARVN troops attack a hut. People fleeing in streets of Cuba as government soldiers engage armed revolutionaries. A civilian woman suffering a seizure as Red Cross workers attempt to carry her. Dead tank crew soldiers atop their tank. Medical corps persons moving wounded on a stretcher. Various views of ARVN with captured Viet Cong in Vietnam. Slate identifies the film as U.S. Army Training Film TF 27 - 3616, entitled "Geneva Conventions and Counterinsurgency." View of the Palace of Nations building in Geneva Switzerland. Scene shifts to inside, in 1949, where delegates of 59 nations are gathered to develop rules to protect prisoners of war, wounded prisoners, noncombatants and others caught up such internal conflicts. View from ground of German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport planes. Closeup of them leaving a plane and descending in parachutes. Japanese soldiers surrendering to Americans on a Pacific Island in World War 2. Several scenes of massacre victims lying on the ground. Survivors of a Nazi concentration camp. A U.S. Army medical corpsmen help one to a stretcher. Executed prisoners of war. Courtroom of the Nuremberg trials. Seen in the front row of Nazi leaders are: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, and Julius Streicher. Seated behind them are: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, and Konstantin von Neurath. Scene shifts to the postwar trial of Japanese Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma, in the Philippines. Prisoners in unidentified conflict being herded into an open truck. Views of the document constituting the 3rd Geneva Convention of 1949, addressing treatment of prisoners and of parts directed to "conflicts not of an international character." Views of a civilian driver wounded and passengers killed in in his car. Surrendered Vietcong with their weapons stacked. Wounded combatants being carried on stretchers. American survivors of a Japanese prison camp receiving a good meal after being rescued. A ditch filled with victims of massacre. Hostages being taken in an internal conflict. Prisoners being beaten and humiliated in public. Death sentences being rendered without due process.