Initiations rites commemorating sailors' first crossing of the equator( Shellback initiation) being held aboard the USS Marblehead CL-12 off the French Indo-China coast. U.S. Navy sailors dressed in aviator uniforms look through their binoculars standing at the bow of the cruiser. The shellbacks ( sailors who have crossed equator), many dressed in costumes, beat up the stripped pollywogs (sailor's who haven't crossed equator) with wet boards and ropes. Scenes of the stern section of the USS Marblehead. Pollywog sailors pushed into tank of water and black oil. Initiation rite being performed on the deck. Sailors pretend to cut a pollywog with a saw and then let him go as he moves through the initiation rites.
Distant mountain range and clouded skyline as seen from the deck of USS Marblehead CL-12 sailing off the French Indo-China coast. A U.S. Navy sailor dressed in a robe poses for camera .View of the stern of the cruiser.Several vessels underway at a distance.
Shellback initiation rites being held aboard USS Marblehead CL-12 off French Indo-China coast. U.S. Navy soldiers dressed in mythological greek clothing. Undressed man playing King Neptune, sits in his court. Captain of the vessel being initiated as shellback. Men dumped into a pool(vat) as part of shellback initiation.
Scenes through the fertile countryside of French Indo-China on a trip to Hanoi during World War II. A train arrives at a station. People at the station. Buildings and a market place. Street vendors and rickshaw pullers. Military personnel move out of a building. Lao-Kai ( border station between French Indo-China and China). Soldiers with conical hats. Drums on the ground. A procession passes through the streets.
Emperor Bao Dai visits the fighting front along the Black river in Vietnam, French Indo China. He decorates a soldier. An airplane parked on the field. Airplanes from the United States bomb Red positions, amid reports that Red China plans to invade Indo China.
After five years of captivity of Red Revolutionary Forces (Viet-Minh) hostages return to their homelands from Indo-China during the Indo-China War. French hostages held by Viet-Minh leave Indochina with their belongings. They board a truck. Trucks loaded with the hostages line up on a road. The Red Cross sign at the entrance of a building. People move with their families. French women at a counter of new clothes after imprisonment. Children eat sweets. Two boys eat bread with tea. French hostages including men, women and children.