Shows street fight and men in flat caps in a street in Geneva, Switzerland. Illustrates arguments between neighbors. Events that lead up to World War I. Newspaper headlines announce assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Elevated wide view of city of Sarajevo circa 1914. Animated maps trace progression of war and the reorganization of Europe after the Treaty of Versailles.
Documentary of the League of Nations titled 'Message from Geneva'. British policy towards League & its operational functions. Exterior view of houses of the Parliament and Big Ben. Speech of King Edward VIII, regarding opening of Parliament and League of Nations. Exteriors of BBC Broadcasting House in London and Post Office Headquarters. Man on telephone arrange radio broadcast from League of Nations in Geneva. Map shows post office radio land lines across Europe. Radio engineers prepare circuits. View of Canterbury Cathedral. Montage illustrates route from Geneva to England. BBC radio broadcast technicians at desks in London, switch to Geneva. Broadcaster in front of microphone in Geneva speaks.
Delegates of the 7th Assembly of the League of Nations at the Woodrow Wilson Memorial in Geneva, Switzerland. Shows Norwegian delegate Dr. Nansen; President of International Labor Organization, Thomas Albert; Count Johann-Heinrich Von Bernstroff of Germany and a host of inventors and reformers. Delegates at ease before for the council meeting at the Pales Des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Japanese delegates pose for a group photo at the League's gardens. Latin American delegates converse. Shows Mr. Urrutia of Columbia and Mr. Guani of Uruguay in conversation.
Film opens showing armed conflict in Laos and South America. Soldiers firing rifles in jungle areas. Armed men running across a field and in a town in Cyprus. Heavy armor engaged in conflict and buildings burning in undisclosed location. Riots in Congo. Armed Republic of South Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) moving through jungle. A Viet Cong shot as ARVN troops attack a hut. People fleeing in streets of Cuba as government soldiers engage armed revolutionaries. A civilian woman suffering a seizure as Red Cross workers attempt to carry her. Dead tank crew soldiers atop their tank. Medical corps persons moving wounded on a stretcher. Various views of ARVN with captured Viet Cong in Vietnam. Slate identifies the film as U.S. Army Training Film TF 27 - 3616, entitled "Geneva Conventions and Counterinsurgency." View of the Palace of Nations building in Geneva Switzerland. Scene shifts to inside, in 1949, where delegates of 59 nations are gathered to develop rules to protect prisoners of war, wounded prisoners, noncombatants and others caught up such internal conflicts. View from ground of German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport planes. Closeup of them leaving a plane and descending in parachutes. Japanese soldiers surrendering to Americans on a Pacific Island in World War 2. Several scenes of massacre victims lying on the ground. Survivors of a Nazi concentration camp. A U.S. Army medical corpsmen help one to a stretcher. Executed prisoners of war. Courtroom of the Nuremberg trials. Seen in the front row of Nazi leaders are: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, and Julius Streicher. Seated behind them are: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, and Konstantin von Neurath. Scene shifts to the postwar trial of Japanese Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma, in the Philippines. Prisoners in unidentified conflict being herded into an open truck. Views of the document constituting the 3rd Geneva Convention of 1949, addressing treatment of prisoners and of parts directed to "conflicts not of an international character." Views of a civilian driver wounded and passengers killed in in his car. Surrendered Vietcong with their weapons stacked. Wounded combatants being carried on stretchers. American survivors of a Japanese prison camp receiving a good meal after being rescued. A ditch filled with victims of massacre. Hostages being taken in an internal conflict. Prisoners being beaten and humiliated in public. Death sentences being rendered without due process.
Geneva Peace Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Venue of the Geneva Peace Conference. Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov arrives for the conference. British Prime Minister Anthony Eden at the conference to discuss Korea and Indo China problem. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and United States Secretary of State John Foster Dulles also arrive to attend the conference. Delegates from different countries seated around a table discussing the issue.
A U.S. Army Signal Corps training film on Rules for controlling German prisoners of war. International conference 1929 in Geneva, Switzerland. Various officers and dignitaries in the conference. Image of Field Manual 27-10 states the Rules of Land Warfare based on the Geneva Conventions and describes standard procedures for handling Prisoners of War. Scene of 20,000 Prisoners of War who surrender under Nazi Major General Eric Elster at Loire, France September 16, 1944 to the United States 3rd Army, 83rd Division, under General Macon. General Elster salutes General Macon, then approaches the microphones in the middle of a roadway and delivers a surrender speech. General Macon then replies accepting the surrender on behalf of General Simpson. General Macon states that the men will be treated according to the rules made during the conference in Geneva.