Post-World War II, Franco-Saar negotiations, in 1952. Participants stroll on grounds of a Chateau in France. Principals seen include Johannes Hoffman, Prime Minister of the Saar and Georges Bidault, Foreign Minister of France. (Note: these negotiations were unsuccessful, at the time.)
From a 1952 U.S. Army television program titled The Big Picture. U.S. troops in a fox hole in Korea. A U.S. tank carrying many GIs in Germany.US ski troops in Alaska. Amphibious training on beach in Puerto Rico. United States Army Sergeant James Mansfield introduces the story of United States Seventh Army in the Allied Invasion of Southern France, "Operation Dragoon." Army Colonel William Wilson Quinn seated in office, with army rifle on his desk. He refers to the "Blue Badge" which is the Army infantryman's badge. Then he introduces the story of the Seventh United States Army: On 14 August 1944 Bay of Naples is seen as an open air Marshalling area. Barrage balloons float above the area. Large landing ships sit at dock with their front loading doors open. 3rd,45th and 36th division combined into 7th United States Army. Mechanized war equipment being loaded and checked off the loading chart. 7th army soldiers march through streets. Red Cross workers distribute donuts. Soldiers board ships. Ships leave harbor to join convoy. Ships docked at the West Coast of Corsica. Officers meet for conference aboard ship. Men attend last minute details. Some pray. Animated map depicts the route of the advancement by the troops. Port Cros and Levant : French commandos landed on these islands. U.S. B-25 bombers in flight drop bombs. Fighting ships take their positions. Navigators, gunners and signal men alert. Soldiers prepare for fight. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft fly in formation. A B-24 bomber over mountains. B-25s in flight.509th Parachute Infantry Battalion being inspected at airport. Paratroopers get into aircraft. Aircraft taxis and takes off. United States Army Air Force C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster military transport aircraft in flight toward Southern France. Paratroopers descend to ground and advance. Gliders land. Soldiers unload and ready artillery. Aerial view of rugged terrain. Ships underway at sea. Officers look through binoculars aboard ship.
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.
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.
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.
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.