A biographical documentary shows the life of Dwight David Eisenhower who was the President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Eisenhower travels in Europe as the Supreme Commander of the NATO forces. Paris: The Eiffel Tower in the background. Dwight David Eisenhower and officers salute. Others stand near him. Statues on a wall outside a building. Dwight David Eisenhower comes out of a car. A guard with sword in his hand at the entrance. Eisenhower walks inside the building with a French officer. He is greeted by an official. He is seated with another officer. People seated at a round table in a conference hall. Netherlands: A plane lands. Soldiers are gathered. They salute. Eisenhower walks with officers. The 'Schiphol' near Amsterdam. Bikes move ahead of a car. The car parked in front of the Cabinet of the Minister President at the Dutch Ministry of General Affairs. He meets other officers. A building. He comes out of a car. The flag of Norway. London : The Big Ben. Eisenhower arrives at the Ministry of Defense and greets the waiting public. He addresses officials. People sit and take notes. Portugal: A city square. Eisenhower walks with officers and officials. Frankfurt: An aircraft is stationed. Eisenhower is greeted by an officer. He watches soldiers marching. He salutes the soldiers.
A biographical documentary shows the life of Dwight David Eisenhower who was the President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Eisenhower's car on a road in Europe. He is greeted by Conrad Adenauer, the Chancellor of Germany. He talks to him. They sit and laugh. A building. He is greeted by another person. He walks with soldiers standing in rows on either side. He sits with other men and talks to them. President Eisenhower arrives in Washington DC. He kisses a woman. He holds a child. He presents his final report before the U.S. Congress.
Major events of the year 1953. First atomic artillery test fired in United States. A mushroom cloud rises after the M65 Atomic Cannon, sometimes called Atomic Annie, is fired and atomic bomb explodes. Riots in East Germany against the increase in work quotas and withholding of American food. People protest in streets as police try to crush the revolt. Students riot in the streets of a city along the Adriatic coast over the issue of Adriatic area between Italy and Yugoslavia.
Legislators entering a hall in Czechoslovakia, in 1948. Inside,an image of the Small Coat of Arms of the Republic of Czechoslovakia (1920) dominates the scene. New scene shows Gustav Husak, acting Prime Minister, delivering an address urging support for the Communist Party. The next sequence shows violent Communist-led demonstrations, as armed trade unionists riot in the Prague streets, attacking the offices of the political opposition. Police attempt to restore order. On February 25, 1948, the communists achieve a Czechoslovak coup d'état. On February 27th, Czech President, Edvard Benes, receives a delegation including communist Premier Klement Gottwald and the 12 new members of the cabinet, at the Presidential Palace. He is seen signing documents accepting the communist cabinet. Change of scene shows Czech Foreign Minister, Jan Masaryk, giving a speech rejecting the change. (He remained in office, but died under suspicious circumstances on On March 10, 1948.) View of Masaryk in his casket. Mourners at his funeral.The Czech Parliament Building with flag at half staff. President Benes seen strolling, using a cane, accompanied by his wife, Hana Benes, in the garden of their summer home, Benesova vila, in Sezimovo Usti. Narrator notes that he refused to sign a new constitution drawn up by the communists. He died of natural causes at his villa on September 3, 1948. Scenes of his funeral and of him in his casket. Views of Benes' state funeral, with mourners lining the streets. View of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Narrator describes circumstances using Churchill's term "Iron Curtain." A communist parade in an Eastern European city. A person who was roughed up on the street. View of East German uprising in 1953, being suppressed with Soviet tanks. Uprising in Poland in 1955 being put down by local police and Russian soldiers. Polish musicians playing and examples of Polish political cartoons permitted under relaxed communist rule.
U.S. propaganda piece about threats by communists against various European countries. The Czechoslovak coup and demonstrations. Czech citizens moving on a street in Czechoslovakia during a strike forcing conservative elements to resign from the cabinet. Scenes of police brutality and beatings against strikers. Communists take over the police. Czech President Edvard Benes with conservative politicians in a government building. Huge crowd on a street. Police clashing with crowd. Czech Prime Minister Klement Gottwald with officials. President Edvard Benes, facing possible civil war or invasion by the Soviet Union, accepts a Communist cabinet. He is seen signing documents to that effect on February 25, 1948. Other officials beside President Benes during the signing. View of the first President of Czechoslovakia Tomas Masaryk's son, Jan Masaryk, who remained the Foreign Minister, and did not agree to the new government. Two days later Jan Masaryk is discovered dead. The body of Jan Masaryk in a coffin. Edvard Benes, who resigned in June 1948 after refusing to sign the communist constitution, is seen walking slowly outside the Parliament using a cane. A guard saluting Benes. View of the body of Edvard Benes, who died in September 1948, laying in a coffin. Mourning citizens offering flowers and cry. Officials bearing the coffin. Shift several years later to street strikes in East Germany in 1953. People during a strike and riot in Poland in 1956. Russian tanks moving on a street and Soviet soldiers are seen. Elevated view of panic and Polish citizens fleeing soldiers. October 1956: Student demonstrators on street in Budapest Hungary during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Soviet Russian red star is toppled by crowds from a building roof in a sign of defiance. Russian troops respond with tanks on the streets in Hungary. Crowd fights back. Russians retreat. Crowd overwhelms local police. Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary, ascends steps. Hungarian crowd on streets burn communist books and papers. Russian tanks invade Hungary to crush revolt. Tanks fire guns on Hungarian street. Imre Nagy's execution announced June 17, 1958.
General Alfred M. Gruenther stands with other top NATO officers as he begins his assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Others seen include U.S. Air Force General Lauris Norstad; British Field Marshal Montgomery; and French Marshal Juin. Flags are lowered and then all NATO country flags are raised. General Gruenther speaks briefly from the podium. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) emblem is seen on shoulder of a soldier. General Gruenther is congratulated by several of the other senior NATO officers.