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7th Fleet of U.S. Navy carriers with fighter planes aboard, escort supply shipments to blockaded Quemoy in Formosa Strait.

Convoys of the 7th Fleet of United States Navy supply shipments to blockaded Quemoy in Formosa Strait. U.S. carriers in the sea and fighter planes aboard. Fighter planes take off from the strip of one of the carrier. Carriers stop near the shore and supply liners cruise towards the shore of Quemoy. Commanders aboard a ship make plans and bombardiers on alert near an artillery gun on a ship.

Date: 1958, September 15
Duration: 1 min 17 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Demonstration of Communist China against United States peace bids in Taiwan Strait, China.

Supply convoy reaches Quemoy in China despite the communist Chinese blockade, during Cold War. Ships carry the supplies at sea. Men on landing craft at the sea. Men on deck. President Chiang Kai Shek arrives at a press conference in Formosa. He opposes reduction of garrisons on the off-shore islands. Mainland China rebuffs United States peace bids with an enormous Chinese propaganda demonstration in Peiping (Beijing) on the grounds of the old Imperial Palace. Communist Chinese demonstrate with boards, placards and flags in hand. A huge crowd gathers at the palace grounds and decries what it calls American aggression in the Taiwan strait. President Zhou Enlai addresses the massive crowd.

Date: 1958, October 2
Duration: 2 min 26 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Views of U.S. 7th fleet ships comprising part of the “Formosa Strait Force” established to keep peace between China and Formosa in 1950

Elements of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet designated “Formosa Strait Force” (Task Force 72),sent by President Truman to keep peace between Formosa and Mainland China, in 1950. The U.S. Navy Destroyer Maddox (DD 731) underway. Views aboard the flagship of the Formosa Patrol, the light cruiser, USS Juneau (CL 119) as sailors respond to a drill. Two are seen entering one of the Juneau's gun turrets housing a Mark 12, 5-inch/38 caliber gun. Glimpse of the closed turret with single gun barrel seen at the front. Gun crew maneuvering one of the Juneau's quad 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors anti-aircraft guns. Sailors arranging shells for the Juneau's guns. Officers on deck pointing at other ships and observing them through binoculars. Glimpse of two landing craft (possibly Landing Craft Infantry) underway.

Date: 1950, January
Duration: 42 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Montage of news items about international tensions in 1958

Opens showing views of the U.S. Pavilion at the Brussels Fair. An array of international flags and artistic fountains grace the Pavilion. Glimpse of the relatively plain Exhibition Hall of the Soviet Union. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser shakes hand with Nikita Khrushchev 1st Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Nasser speaking to the 600-member assembly of the new United Arab Republic (encompassing Egypt and Syria). Arabs marching with banners. King Faisal II of Iraq and his uncle, Abdul Ilah, step to a podium. Faisal II riding in a horse-drawn carriage. View of seaport in Lebanon. A U.S. Naval task force is visible, arriving in response to a request for aid from Lebanon. U.S. marines in an amphibious landing near Beirut. They establish a beachhead as local Lebanese watch and applaud. The marines load artillery and ammunition on the beach. The scene changes to the island of Quemoy in the Taiwan Strait, where entrenched KMT troops of Chiang Kai-Shek, are seen scrambling as they undergo constant shelling from mainland China. The American Destroyer, USS Ammen (DD-527) is seen underway on patrol in the Taiwan Strait. U.S. Navy vessels provide relief supplies to the bombarded Islands in the Taiwan Strait. Landing craft are loaded with essential supplies for delivery. Sailors are seen throwing sacks of foodstuffs over their ship railing into a landing craft below. A line of laden landing craft follow in the wake of a Navy ship. The cold war scene shifts to West Berlin, Germany, where high rise housing is shown and citizens are seen going about their daily activities. A large sign in German warns that one will be leaving West Berlin immediately by passing the sign. Views of damaged buildings left untouched in East Berlin. Militia in black uniforms perform close order drills in the midst of destruction around them in East Berlin. Street sign identifies Unter Den Linden. The formerly elegant avenue is seen virtually deserted. A horse-drawn carriage moves along and men push a cart full of supplies. Bicyclists ride along the side of the street. Headquarters of the 4-powers administration building is seen without a Soviet flag. French, American, and British soldiers stand guard. (Soviets are absent.)

Date: 1958
Duration: 3 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Seventh fleet stands guard in the straits between Formosa and Red China, China Sea.

American troops aboard ships of Seventh Fleet underway in China Sea. Fleet stand guard in the straits between Formosa and Red China. Planes take off from the carrier Essex for daily patrols and practice. Aircraft in flight over water. Planes make landings on carrier's deck.

Date: 1955, May 30
Duration: 60 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Vice President Nixon talks about the foreign policy of America prior to presidential elections in the United States.

The fourth presidential election debate between Democratic nominee Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon on 21st October 1960 in in New York, United States. News correspondent Quincy Howe speaks prior to the fourth Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate. Mr. Howe reads out the rules and conditions under which the candidates will proceed. He says that Senator Kennedy will make the second opening statement and the first closing statement. Vice President Nixon speaks about the present issue in the United States which is keeping peace without surrender. The peace which is threatened by international communist movements. Nixon says that the United States has to learn from mistakes made in past. He relates to this by mentioning the period of the Iron Curtain in Europe and during the Korean War. Nixon says that situation in President Dwight Eisenhower's administration is reversed. He says that the United States made errors in the past in misjudging the Communists, applying same rules of conduct that are applied to the leaders of the free world. Nixon mentions East-West Paris summit conference of 1960 and Eisenhower's policy regarding Formosa Straits. Nixon speaks that that United States should increase its military strength to high level regardless of what potential opponents have and if any surprise attack is launched, the United States can destroy their war-making capacity. Nixon further says that American policies of military strength, economic strength, and diplomatic firmness will keep the peace without surrender.

Date: 1960
Duration: 9 min 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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