A British Austin Champ amphibious four-wheel-drive vehicle (inspired by the American Jeep) is driven over rough terrain and in water at the Farnborough testing grounds in England. The Chanp is seen driving parallel to deep ditches. It is made submersible by connecting a vertical exhaust extension to its water proof engine. A driver, dressed in a waterproof outfit, takes the vehicle down a concrete ramp into a deep trough of water where it is completely submerged. He successfully travels through and up the other side of the trough.
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.
Clip opens with 8 October, 1952 scenes from the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash in England, where the collision of a Scottish Express train and a commuter train, followed by another express train, killed 200 people outside of London, England. Destroyed British trains on the track. Rescue operations carried out. Injured carried away for medical help on litters. Scene changes to coast of England in early January 1952, as the United States freighter ship Flying Enterprise (formerly the SS Cape Kumukaki) founders to one side while underway in rough seas. The ship had battled to stay afloat for 8 days following structural damage and then shifting cargo. Captain of the ship Kurt Carlsen is honored at a ceremony for putting up a brave fight for eight days trying to get the ship to port across the rough sea.
U.S. Servicemen deploying to the United Kingdom watch an orientation film contrasting U.S. and British sports. U.S. teams play football. Americans gather in the stadium and they cheer and applaud. American football teams seen playing. Cheerleaders lead crowd in cheers. In contrast, scenes of British sports are show, including: Steeplechase horse racing; Cricket; Rugby; and Soccer (football). Scene of British football Captain Joe Harvey, of team Newcastle, receiving the FA Cup from Sir Winston Churchill after their 1952 victory. Clip ends with scenes of homes and shops in a quiet village in Britain.
Major events of the year 1952. King George VI dies in London, England on February 6, 1952 as the British public mourns his death. The flag at half mast. Woman crying over death of King George VI. Elizabeth II becomes the Queen and salutes the Royal Guards lined up at a ceremony. British soldiers fight in the streets of Egypt over the issue of Suez Canal. Dead bodies lined up on the street. King Farouk I of Egypt with his wife and children after being sent to exile as a result of a revolution. Workers at Anglo-Iranian oil refineries in Iran after the government's decision to nationalize them causing a great set back to British interests. Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddeq arrives at the International Court in Hague for the settlement of the issue.
King George VI passes away in the United Kingdom. People gather in a large number at a railroad station in London. A funeral train bearing the body of King George VI pulls in at the station. People mourn. Casket bearing the body is taken out of the train. Pallbearers carry the casket. Exterior of Westminster Hall. A large crowd gathers along the sides of a street. The casket is placed in Westminster Hall. A crowd queues up to pay homage.