Post World War 2 scenes of European rail and air transportation facilities and operations in 1952. A new railroad locomotive moves out of a factory in Switzerland. The engineer looks out his side window as it rolls out. A train moves along a track next to a road that then crosses in a level crossing. A car stops for the train, as it passes. People walk on the concourse of a spacious modern train station in Italy. A train moves on a modern bridge high over a river. Views of several new (post-world War 2) bridges in Europe. Traffic on a road hub with cloverleaf loops. A British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) DeHavilland Comet jet passenger airliner taking off. Examples of processing that passengers must still undergo when arriving at various European airports. Passenger opening baggage for inspection while going through customs at a French airport. View from under the tail of a DC-6 passenger plane taxiing out for takeoff. View of a Transworld Airlines (TWA) Lockheed constellation passenger plane in flight.
Highlights the military career of U.S. General Dwight D Eisenhower from 1945 to 1952. Depicts notable scenes and events starting on D-Day as Allied Forces invade France. Allied planes drop bombs on the enemy positions. Allied troops land on the shores of France. U.S. tanks move forward. Allied soldiers advance towards Saint Lo. Battle in St Lo area. General Patton Forces move forward. French troops and the soldiers of the U.S. 5th Corps march through Paris. The civilians cheer. Allied soldiers move towards the German border fighting on their way. Battle of the Bulge - when the Germans turned counter offensive. The bridge at Remagen on the river Rhine. Allied troops cross the bridge. Allied troops on the offensive, west of the Rhine. The enemy surrenders. Rubble on the streets. General Eisenhower with the troops. Officials sign documents in a school to mark German surrender. Eisenhower makes a speech at the end of the war. Eisenhower, in Paris, waves at the people from an open carriage. People welcome him in his homeland with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Eisenhower waves at the people gathered at the side of the streets from an open car of a motorcade. Eisenhower swears in as the 1st post war Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He visited troops in various parts of the world. He salutes and moves towards a car with his wife as he leaves active military life. Pictures of Eisenhower as he becomes the president of the Columbia University. He reviews the troops as he becomes the Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Eisenhower on European soil. He enters a car. He assumes supreme command of the land, the sea and the air force. Against the threat from the USSR he prepares the European Armies. Soldiers enter into a train. He reviews troops. General Eisenhower and General Matthew Ridgway salute. He enters into a plane with his wife. Painting of Eisenhower being sworn in as President of the United States. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, two boys leaving the Library.
The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. shuttle ships loaded with signal communication supplies for U.S. and Allied troops in the European Theater make their way in the Atlantic ocean. The Squier Laboratory at Camp Alfred Vail in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. A technician works on signal communication equipment in the laboratory. U.S. soldiers use mine detectors in the European Theater during World War II. The mine detectors detect metallic, non-metallic mines, wooden box mines, and mines in glass containers. Artillery soldiers bury large microphones into the ground in advance zones. The microphones relay back information on enemy artillery. Soldiers receive the information on radio sets. U.S. aircraft on a training flight simulating real combat situation: The aircraft lost in heavy rain and rough weather, looking for the location of Boston. The pilot switches on a modern advanced radar. The radar waves pierce thick clouds, are reflected by Earth's surface and display an image on the scope. The image shows the clear location of Boston harbor directly under the aircraft. U.S. bombers attack over the Channel coast on D-Day (6 June, 1944). U.S. soldiers employ meteorological equipment for long range weather forecast in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers release a hydrogen balloon into the sky. Another soldier uses an apparatus to take readings of atmospheric conditions behind enemy lines. An aircraft drops an automatic weather station called SCM-18-TI by parachute into enemy territory. The timed mechanism sends out weather data in codes. The interior of the automatic weather station lying open in a field.
Some scenes during rebuilding of West Berlin in 1952.
Several vehicles driving past the ruins of the old Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany. Scaffolding surrounding a construction project displaying a sign indicating Marshall Plan aid for "Clayallee." An official-looking building that appears to have been repaired. It has statues along its roofline and, as seen through the windows, there appear to be books or boxes stacked up inside. The newly rebuilt Schiller Theater building located in the district of Charlottenburg of the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf near Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Bismarckstraße 110
British workers crowd into a dining hall and have lunch. A radio broadcast credits improvements in the British standard of living to the Marshall Plan. Examples of increase attention to developing European self-sufficiency, with advent of Marshall Plan ending in 1952. A train runs on the railway track. Men ascend on the wires above the railway track and work on them. Construction workers seek improved methods and efficiencies. They pack Camel Cigarettes in a box for the purpose of export. Cars in a showroom on which a slip indicates, 'Austin Motor Company Ltd'. The work of expansion of industries going on, with emphasis on increasing exports to the United States. Modern machines and equipment used in the work. Discussion of post Marshall Plan times in Europe.
German soldiers in European Theater during World War II. German soldiers move and advance in European Theater. Explosions occur and smoke clouds rise. Soldier rides a motorcycle. Soldiers drive away in motorcars.