Rail cars on the November, 1947 "Friendship Train," at a sea port in the U.S.A. Behind it is seen the funnel of the SS Exiria, of the American Export Lines. The camera moves around to show the Exiria, displaying a large American flag and words,"Friendship Food Ship," on her hull. A steam locomotive on train in France, delivering relief supplies, displays crossed American and French flags on it. Trucks on road in France, displaying French and American flags and pictures of the Freedom Train on their sides, with words:"Ravitaillement, offert spontanment au peuple de France à partir de peuple Americain." (Refueling, spontaneously offered to the people of France from American people.) The SS Exiria docked in an Italian port. A catholic priest and several nuns with a group of schoolboys, standing on the pier, wave American flags. Another group of schoolgirls, enthusiastically wave American flags. A large crowd waves several large Italian flags. President Harry S. Truman, at his desk on the White House, Washington, DC, signs the Economic Recovery Act of 1948 (AKA Marshall Plan). Secretary of State Marshall speaking in support of the legislation before Congress. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, of Michigan, speaking in support of the bill.
Bomb damage in Berlin, Germany in the area of the so-called Fuhrer Bunker, shortly after the end of World War II in Europe. Bomb damaged buildings, air raid shelters, and fortifications of the Führer Headquarters (Führerhauptquartiere). View of the Reich Chancellery Garden area (Garten Reichskanzlei) and exterior of the Adolf Hitler Fuhrerbunker at the back of the Reich Chancellery. Heaps of debris in front of the bomb damaged buildings. Tail of an exploded mortar shell on the ground. View of a wrecked truck. Pock marks by shells seen on buildings used as fortifications and shelters. More Mortar tails partially embedded in the ground. (Note: The buildings in this area were demolished in 1947 by the Soviets.)
Film titled ‘D-Day Convoy’ based on invasion of Normandy (D-Day) by Allied Forces during World War II. Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, and Prime Minister of UK Winston Churchill seated at Tehran Conference in December 1943. Other officials stand behind the big three. U.S. General George Marshall, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe Dwight Eisenhower and other officials seated at a conference table. Map of France details cross channel assault of France by Allied Forces. Map shows coastal locations to be attacked by Allies. Weapons and equipment from America pouring into England. U.S. soldiers arrive in England and train, for the invasion, on southern coast of England. U.S. B-26 bombers hitting German targets and smoke billowing up from exploding bombs. B-17 bomber in flight and bombs falling on German industrial targets. Gunners on B-17s defend against German fighter aircraft. American bomber explodes in flight after attack by German fighter airplane. German Messerschmitt fighter is destroyed. From edited film produced in 1947.
U.S. Air Force General Hap Arnold meeting with other allied military chiefs at the Potsdam conference, following the end of World War II, in Europe. General Arnold gives a speech during the 38th Anniversary of air power in the United States. Military band plays during the ceremony. General Henry steps from airplane and shakes hands with some of his Air Force Commanders in the Pacific theater. B-29 Super fortresses bombing Japan.Bombardier seen inside B-29 Super fortress. View of General of the Army, Henry (Hap) Arnold. Aircraft of the Air Force demonstration team, The Thunderbirds, in flight. September 18, 1947, formation of the United States Air Force as a separate service. January, 1950, the funeral of General Arnold at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. Arnold Engineering Development Center building in Tullahoma, Tennessee. President Harry Truman dedicates the Center. B-47 and B-52 bombers taking off. Various Air Force aircraft seen taking off. Views of the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Five children orphaned during World War II in Europe are adopted by motion picture and radio stars and arrive at New York airport in a plane from Europe. A large group of people stand on the stairs of a plane and wave towards the people at terminal building of the airport. The people talk to the children orphaned during World War II and hug them. A girl holding a doll. A boy with a leather flier's hat.
December, 1945, former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, now appointed by President Truman, as a delegate to the United Nations, is seen with other members of the U.S. Delegation. She is seen speaking while serving as chairman of the UN Committee Three, dealing with human rights. She recognizes the delegate from the USSR, as the committee addresses issues of refugees. (The USSR insists that displaced persons be returned to their original homelands.) As chairman, Mrs. Roosevelt, rules a USSR proposal out of order, causing the USSR representatives to leave the room. A glimpse of Eleanor Roosevelt at a microphone during debate over the issue with the USSR, before the full General Assembly, where she successfully argues to allow refugees to make their own decisions about repratriation. She is seen sitting next to delegate,Senator Arthur Vandenburg, at the forum. Eleanor Roosevelt being greeted by U.S. Army officers as she steps from an airplane in Europe. She is seen mingling with persons in Europe, displaced by World War II. Back in the UN forum, she extols the International Declaration of Human Rights as an "International Magna Carta of men everywhere," and goes on to compare it with similar charters of history. She is seen at a Pan American World Airways terminal, preparing to board a flying boat (unseen). Several scenes show Eleanor Roosevelt visiting with people in various parts of the world, with particular attention to children. She speaks of her candid nature in a broadcast.