U.S. Army Air Force bombers strafe Japanese targets in Indo-China during World War II. U.S. bombers in formation drop 30 lb bombs Malaybalay on Mindanao in Burma. Explosions on ground create huge smoke cloud as the Japanese barracks get destroyed. U.S. 10th Air Force drops 500lb RDX bombs on Toungoo destroying the Mandalay-Rangoon railroad line. U.S. Bombers drop bombs on Japanese positions in Philippines. Japanese supply base in China Yungcheng destroyed completely by U.S. bombers strafing.
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.
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.
French troops seize a communist stronghold in Indochina during the Indochina War. The troops stand with their military gear on the ground. They head towards a beach in small boats and leave the boats at the beach. They seize a communist stronghold along the Gulf of Siam. A radio station, machinery of modern type, pictures of communists leaders and great stores of arms and equipment are taken. Many natives return to safety with the raiding forces.