The London Blitz. Sections of London ablaze from German bombing.US President Franklin Roosevelt signing H.R. 1946, Lend-Lease legislation. View of last page of H.R.1946, signed by Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and by President Roosevelt. United States sends war material to England. 'USA' written on Lend-Lease boxes being loaded on lorry after arrival in Britain. Huge crates of Lend-Lease war materiel on railroad flat cars pulled by locomotive. Smoke rises up from the engine. 'Machine tools, BULLARD, Bridgeport Conn.' written on crate in transit.
Reconstruction problems in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Examples of prewar Germany's industrial and commercial prowess, showing its consumer products and famous cameras. A German coal-burning power plant and miners extracting coal from Germany's vast natural supplies. Coal being transported by conveyer belt. Open rail cars loaded to capacity with German coal. A German iron and steel plant dependent on coal. Shift to postwar destruction including destroyed: German factory; locomotive; rail yards; trucks; farm machinery; fertilizer plant; farm fields lacking crops. Shift to prewar era with view of British coal cars getting ready to be emptied for export to Europe. Current postwar view of British coal cars and coal, that narrator says are barely enough for her own needs. View of prewar German coke being loaded onto conveyers. Coal miners receiving food ration cards. Animated map showing "Iron Curtain," of Soviet occupation, separating traditional German regions of agriculture from those of industry. British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin; French Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault; Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; and U.S. Secretary of State, George Marshall; are seen at the Paris Conference in 1946 where they negotiated the postwar future of Germany. Reminder footage of Hitler with brownshirts in 1930s. Italian police coping with communist inspired unrest in Italy. Bombed out buildings in snow. Europeans literally scratching for bits of food from pavement and trash heaps. Two women fighting with each other. Dejected woman. French Communist party leader, Maurice Thorez, haranguing a large crowd. Party flag with hammer and sickle behind him.
A memorandum expresses Adolf Hitler's desire to invade Czechoslovakia. Munich Pact discussed during the trial of Nazi leaders for war crimes in Nuremberg, Germany in 1946. Footage from 193 8 as Adolf Hitler and other leaders from Britain, Italy and France sign Munich Agreement or Munich Pact that leads to annexation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. Czech President Emil Hacha arrives to meet the German leaders.
Prison at Nuremberg, where Nazi prisoners are held during Nuremberg trials in 1946. Cell of Nazi Admiral Doenitz is seen, with his name over the prison cell door. Nazi Admirals, Karl Doenitz and Erich Raeder, during the war. Views of war crimes at sea, with burning ships in flames at night. American soldier looks into prison cell of Joachim von Ribbentrop. Von Ribbentrop boarding an airplane, during the war. A German American Bund rally in the United States at Madison Square Garden in 1939, with Patriotic image of George Washington and massed American flags. Americans giving Nazi salute as Fritz Kuhn speaks. Fight or scuffle on the stage of the meeting. American military guard places food into cell of Nazi Julius Streicher. View of Julius Streicher giving a speech. Street scenes of Jewish shops being vandalized and boycotted in Germany. Boycott of Jewish-owned stores in Germany including posters and paint labeling Jewish businesses, and a poster that says, "Die juden sind unser unglück" (which means "The Jews are our misfortune"). Emaciated and thin liberated Concentration camp inmates being deloused. American soldier looks into prison cell of Hermann Goering. View of Goering in civilian clothes, sitting with companions, before the war. The Graf Zeppelin airship in flight over New York City. Officer on board Zeppelin shown plotting a course from the bridge. Shadow of the zeppelin air ship cast over an ocean liner at sea. Prison guard opens a door and goes in. Prisoners file out of the building, ostensibly to face firing squad. Airplane landing at Japanese airfield and scenes of miliary staff and military gathering of Imperial Japanese forces in Tokyo Japan during World War 2. Japanese General staff in a meeting. A Japanese military leader during a surrender meeting in World War II.
Speaking before United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) in its first meeting in June 1946, Bernard Baruch proposes international control of all atomic energy -- the so-called Baruch Plan. Low level aerial view of ruined post World War 2 European city. Goods including heavy equipment, locomotives, being loaded aboard ships to aid in the postwar recovery of Europe (The Marshall Plan). Workers in Western Europe making use of Marshall Plan materials to rebuild their national infrastructures. West European farmers restoring agriculture. View from overflying light airplane of parts of postwar Berlin in 1948. Blocked roads and empty railroad tracks leading from East Germany to West Germany, blocked by the Soviet Union. Barge traffic at standstill due to Soviet actions. U.S. C-54 transport aircraft flying supplies into West Berlin (The Berlin Airlift) during the Soviet blockade of that city. West Berliners watching U.S. transport aircraft bringing fuel, food and other essentials into the isolated city. A C-54 flying low over empty railroad lines, as it prepares to land in West Berlin. Supplies offloaded from a DC-3 ( AKA C-47 or British Dakota) equipped with unusual set of rear cargo doors. Supplies being moved on Tegel Airport with many C-54 aircraft in the background. Numerous C-47 aircraft operating at Tempelhof airdrome. An East German official opening a barricade as Soviet blockade of West Berlin ends on May 12, 1949, and supply trucks begin to move over roads again. Flags of Western nations flying on high flagpoles. Glimpse of Allied warships underway during World War 2. Formation of P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight overhead. NATO troops marching and NATO armor on parade. Flashes of heavy artillery firing at night. Korean refugees moving South in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. View of UN Security Council meeting in the absence of Soviet representative. U.S. tanks firing guns and American infantrymen in conflict with North Korea in Korean War. American wounded on stretchers.
Joint Allied Control Commission Conference in Berlin,Germany. Joint Allied Control Commission Conference in session to resolve the conflicting economic and political policy. Members of board and representatives of four nations General of the United States Air Force Joseph T. McNarney,Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov and Marshal of France Alphonse Pierre Juin attend conference. United States Secretary of State James Francis Byrnes addresses German civilians on Vital policy at Stuttgart in 1946. U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Murphy,Senators Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg,Matthew Connelly and General Joseph T. McNarney seated at speaker's stand.