The war crimes trial in Tokyo, Japan after World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo answers the questions during the trial. U.S. Major General P.J. Mueller, Chief of Staff and party seated in the court room. Tojo being cross examined about sending of troops into French Indo China. Tojo states that the Indo China problem was discussed in a message from President Roosevelt to the Emperor. In answer as to when troops were sent there, he says around 20 September 1940 and this was done after arrangements had been made with the Vichy Government of France.
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.
Islands and shoreline can seen from the rear of French patrol boat sailing off French Indo China Coast. French sailor pulls anchor chain. Officers on barge of French patrol boat. A sailor throws out anchor from the boat. Shows anchored French patrol boat. Passenger ship 'SS Pasteur' pulls toward the patrol boat. Sailors on patrol boat watch as they pass the passenger ship 'Pasteur'. Shows two sailors seated on the bow of patrol ship. 'SS Pasteur' and two native Junks(Chinese sailing boats) move away from the French boat.
French troops attack the Vietminh Red troops in Vietnam, French Indo China. Soldiers fire artillery. Reinforced by eight new French Battalions, French and Vietnam forces launch the heaviest attack of the eight year old war. Wounded soldiers are taken on soldiers.