The World Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates from various nations meet to discuss issues and means of disarmament. The delegates including French Prime Minister Joseph Paul Boncour, Chairman Of the United States Delegation Norman H. Davis and British Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson confer at the meeting.
Surveys site of new League of Nations building under construction in Geneva, Switzerland. Shows flags of member nations fluttering over unfinished roof with town in background.
Pierre Comert addresses crowd gathered around architectural model of the 'League of Nations headquarters' in Geneva, Switzerland. Secretary of League General Joesph Avenol speaks of new building as representative of the solidarity of the League through collaboration.
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.