Events after World War II. Harvesting in U.S. farms. Closeup view as a tractor plows fields. Men on horseback driving sheep. Woman serves a Thanksgiving turkey dinner to her family gathered at a nice dining room table in the United States. Her children look at the food with smiles. Contrasting scenes show Europeans starving amid post-war ruins. Women and children looking for food. A child in a soup line. Women wait in a line to receive grain that is weighed on a scale. Globe spins. Joseph Stalin and other Soviet officials watch a military parade in Red Square in Russia. Retrospective scenes of the meeting of Russian and U.S. troops at the Elbe River late in World War 2. Communist rally in Paris. A protester holds up a hammer and sickle symbol. A demonstration of protestors in Athens, Greece, and another Communist demonstration in Rome, Italy. Map depicts communist control growing over Central and Eastern Europe early in Cold War. High aerial view of Washington DC with a lower altitude airplane flying over the U.S. Capitol. Exterior view of State Department (Old Executive Office Building) in Washington DC. View of Secretary of State James F Byrnes working at his desk. Byrnes speaks of U.S. role in world affairs while at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Scenes from a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in 1947. Scenes changes to North Portico of White House. Swearing in ceremony of George C. Marshall as Secretary of State. President Harry S Truman shakes hands with Secretary George Marshall. Night view of London landmark buildings. View of door at No. 10 Downing Street in London. View of brutal winter conditions in Europe in February 1947. Citizens try to dig out a train stuck in snow. Women in line in Britain for a rationed good, still saddled with its own postwar reconstruction. Narrator relates that Britain was unable to continue to provide massive military and economic aid to the Greek regime and appealed to the U.S. to handle the situation. Secretary of State Marshall and President Truman seen talking together in front of a fireplace mantle. Marshall boards aircraft for a visit to Moscow. Truman in a White House meeting, seated at oval table with his advisors and cabinet. Truman addressing joint session of congress on March 12, 1947. He asks for funds for Greece and Turkey. Globe highlights USSR. Door sign reads 'Policy Planning Staff - George F Kennan - Director'. Director Kennan seen at his desk. He advocates a long term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies. Reconstruction in Europe. Ground level and aerial views of bomb destroyed European cities, and workers cleaning up rubble. Brief scene from the meeting of 16 nations in Paris on July 3, 1947. Scenes from United Nations meeting held in Lake Success New York in September 1947. George Marshall at podium addressing delegates of UN. Russian delegate Andrey Vyshinsky commenting on Marshall Plan. Signing of Marshall Plan agreement by international delegates meeting in Paris in September 1947.
Industrial scenes in America with a factory with smoke from chimneys, a steel factory in operation, views of the tops of railroad train coal cars filled with coal. Secretary of State George Marshall speaks about providing European countries with material and money (Marshall Plan). He is seen speaking to legislators in Washington DC on November 10, 1947, asking for funds for Austria, Italy, and France "to provide the supplies necessary to permit the people of these countries to continue to eat, to work, and to survive the winter." Truman signs an interim aid bill, S 1774 on December 17, 1947. View of Eiffel Tower in Paris and communists marching and demonstrating in France. Communist demonstrations across Europe. Police monitor communist protestors in Italy, and then disperse a crowd of communists. Winston Churchill arrives for peace conference meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in London in December 1947. Vyascheslav Molotov attends the conference. George Marshall talks with Molotov. View of the Friendship Train in the United States approaching on a railway tracks during its tour. Also a view of the 1947 special exhibit Freedom Train traveling. Citizens board the Freedom Train at one of its stops, to view artifacts and exhibits about American democracy, including a 1823 facsimile of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Exterior view of U.S. Supreme Court building. Statues at the Supreme Court building. The base is inscribed 'The Heritage of the Past is the Seed that Brings Forth the Harvest of the Future'. A group of American boys and girls are seen reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A larger group of children reciting the pledge and viewing an American flag fluttering in the wind. View of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then another view from the top of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building looking outward.
The United States troops in the European Theater during World War II. Artillery, shells and rockets equipped with VT fuzes (proximity fuzes) are fired. Soldiers firing rifles and artillery. Smoke from firing in the battlefront. Animation shows the use of VT or proximity fuze.
Guided flying bombs are fired against the target areas in the European Theater during World War II. A television bomb inside a building. The bomb is launched. The target is seen on the screen by the operator. The bomb is dropped. Smoke rises as the target explodes.
A U.S. television controlled atomic rocket fired in the European Theater during World War II. A man arrives near the atomic rocket. The target is seen on the television screen. The man operates the atomic rocket. The man presses a button and the rocket explodes on the target. Heavy columns of smoke rising from the explosion.
Soldiers of the U.S. Signal Corps in the European Theater during World War II. Signal Corps cameramen of Army Pictorial Service photograph and film an amphibious landing. The soldiers wade ashore. U.S. soldiers advance on a battlefield, firing rifles. Street fighting on the war front. The wall of a building leans and crashes to the ground. U.S. soldier rips a Nazi eagle symbol from a building and it crashes to the street. A U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 aircraft in flight , seen from beside and close up from below and beside. View of exterior of Signal Corps Photographic Center building in New York. Men working inside the Signal Corps Photographic Center in the United States. Soldiers at film cutting machines at work, and view of film canisters in storage. The production of films in the center including a segment from "Why We Fight" and one from "The Fighting Men" pictures. Several war related films, and training and orientation films are produced. The foreign version of the films are also made so that they can be seen by other countries. Scene of an American soldier speaking Japanese in a U.S. military created film. Bing Crosby singing "Accentuate the Positive" during a filmed segment for the American G.I. audience at a USO show. Elevated view of war material and equipment stacked in a massive warehouse building, with Signal Corps workers moving about int he building. Men working and placing more equipment in the building. 'MacArthur's Headquarters' written on a wooden shipping crate. Boxes of war materiel being loaded into trucks, train cars, and ships for transport to the war front in World War 2. Views of various kinds of Signal Corps communication equipment, radios, transmitters, cameras, vacuum tubes and other electronic equipment that was innovated during World War II. A moisture-proof switchboard is tested in the field. A U.S. Army Signal Corps soldier holding a phone during the switchboard testing.