U.S. Army Air Force B-24s bombing targets in Japanese-held areas of Indochina, during the Second World War. View of U.S. Army Air Force B-24 from waist gun position of another B-24. View from B-24 (below 10,000 feet) over an airfield. Waist gunner poses, without oxygen mask, at his machine gun (not firing). View from 17,500 feet as B-24s bomb a supply depot in Hanoi. Clouds of smoke rise from numerous bomb explosions. B-24s on mission to bomb Haiphong, Indochina. Aerial view of B-24 named "80 Days," with two dice (a Five and a Three) pictured under its name. Bombs falling from B-24s as they bomb smelting and foundry plants from 17,000 feet over port city of Haiphong. Smoke rising from targets.
French military and government officials at a ceremony in Indochina on the ground of a Buddhist temple. The group gathered together in an outdoor courtyard with a giant black cauldron or pot with steam coming from it. Shift to an indoor setting where a French official addresses the audience gathered from a lectern on a stage. Shift to an outdoor scene with a large group of monks entering a Buddhist temple by ascending the stairs in front. An arch bridge over a river. Cars on a road in Indochina. A steam locomotive pulling rail cars through a pass. An aquaduct in Indochina and a series of canals funneling water to rice fields, and a view of a farmer plowing on a wet field with the help of oxen. Views of the Pasteur Institute ("Institut Pasteur" over the doorway) in Indochina. Scientists in white lab coats working in the Institute with microscopes. Glass sample jars labeled "Cholera" being packed into boxes.
Nixon and Kennedy debate questions regarding relations with Communists during the third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in the United States. Douglass Cater of Reporter magazine asks Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon to comment whether there was a valid criticism of his statement of foreign policy. Nixon answers and states that the criticism is not valid. Regarding Indochina, he says that the U.S. would not have tolerated Indochina falling under Communist domination. And as a result of that the civil war there ended. He states that he supports the President's position and thinks that the President was correct in ordering the U-2 flights. Referring to Quemoy and Matsu he states that he objects to the constant reference to surrendering these islands. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy disagrees with Nixon's statement on Indochina and states that reason Indochina was preserved was the Geneva Conference. On the question of the U-2 flights he states that he has never criticized them and never suggested stopping of espionage. On the question of keeping the Communists in doubt about the U.S. defending Quemoy and Matsu he states that the U.S. should meet its commitments to Formosa and the Pescadores. He concludes by saying that he disagrees with Nixon as Nixon is extending the administration's commitment.
Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
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.
French troops repel the communists from Indochina during the Indochina War. Paratroopers drop in the Indochina Delta. They wade through water. The paratroopers fire guns. French troops advance under Vietminh fire. Machine-guns are fired. Dead soldiers on the ground. The place where the son of French Commander in Chief, Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny was killed. Vietnamese run looking scared. The French point guns at them. French troops raise the French flag. They return to a fort in trucks.