Scenes of "Reflex Action" plotting boards for various international locations, with local time clocks, inside the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. Brief shot of White House at night with a lit fountain in front. Scenes of House of Parliament in London. Exterior of SHAPE headquarters building. Arc de Triomphe at night in Paris. Hand of an airman atop a map during a planning session. U.S. pilots in cockpit of F-104 Super Sabre fighter jet. American ships at sea. B-52 in flight. Events during Cuban Crisis in 1962.
Opening scene shows the Schoeneberg Rathaus (West Berlin City Hall) where Willy Brandt, Mayor of Berlin, is addressing a large crowd of West Berliners, concerned about the building of the Berlin Wall, by the Soviets. Many carry placards and signs, including some in English,reading: "We trust Kennedy,'Pay any price, Bear any burden, for survival of Liberty;'" and "Millions behind the Iron Curtain ask for help." Scene shifts to a limousine driving into the center of a crowd. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson steps from the car, accompanied by U.S.General Lucius D. Clay, who is seen next, with arm raised, acknowledging the crowd, while standing with Johnson and Brandt, at a podium cluttered with microphones. (Narrator refers to him as "Father of the Airlift.") The next day, British and American soldiers are seen driving in jeeps and trucks and M59 Armored Personnel Carriers, through cheering crowds, as they arrive to reinforce their Berlin garrisons. Closeup of cheering Berliners, waving hankerchiefs. Change of scene shows animated map of Europe illustrating the Westward encroachment of Soviet occupation through World War II and the postwar era, concluding with East Berlin, in 1962. The threat to other Nations and regions is also illustrated. Next, legislators are seen in session in The plenary chamber of the German Bundestag in Bonn. Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany, is addressing the assembly. He states that Germany does not stand alone in the world. In France, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou addresses the National Assembly, regarding the Berlin Wall. In London, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, addresses Parliament. In the United States, on September 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, is addressing the UN General Assembly, in New York, about the dangerous crisis in Berlin. Scenes of of the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie . Memorials to persons killed attempting to escape East Berlin, are seen along the wall.
Activities of the U.S. Army Military Police (MPs) throughout the world. An MP checks credentials of American driver in a 1955 Oldsmobile, at a Base checkpoint in Germany. An MP wearing patch of Army Support Command-Europe on his shoulder, obtains directions from a local Policeman in Europe. U.S. Army trucks move through a checkpoint manned by MP, in Pointe de Grasse, France. MPs of the 728th Battalion, in Korea. They are seated in a jeep, with a Korean counterpart in the back seat. The U.S. MPs wear patches of 7th Logistical Command on their uniform sleeves. Military Police units and jeeps pass in review at a parade in Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Launch of the communication satellite Telstar in Europe. Technicians prepare for receiving signals from the orbiting communication satellite, Telstar. The President of the United States John F Kennedy addresses in a press conference after the launch of Telstar.
Prime Minister of Turkey Adnan Menderes arrives in Europe. An aircraft of the Scandinavian airlines taxis after landing. Prime Minister Menderes gets off the aircraft. Officials gathered to welcome him. Prime Minister with an official inside the room. Prime Minister Menderes along with officials as he arrives at a building. Menderes confers with an official. Menderes shakes hands with an official as he leaves.
Officials sign a pact to finance a supersonic jet in Europe. A model of the Supersonic jet. The officials watch the model. The jet can carry 100 passengers and fly 1,400 miles per hour at an altitude of 40,000 feet. Officials from Britain and France seated at a desk sign the pact. They shake hands.