High Commissioner and Commander in Chief, French Army General,Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, arrives in Indochina on a DC-3 airplane. He is greeted by the high ranking military and political leaders in the country. He reviews contingents of French military forces, meets and greets, seemingly countless, military officers, and many Vietnamese Government officials in white suits. Later, in 1952, French General Henri Navarre arrives by DC-4 aircraft (to replace General de Lattre de Tassigny, who died of cancer). He is greeted by French officers and officials.
Civilians in Indochina during French-Indochina war. Fire blazes in the background. Firemen spray water on a fire in distance. Civilians in foreground. Ruins and damaged buildings. Civilians inspect the debris. A man with a cart.
French political official on inspection tour confers with French Military leaders and examines troop readiness in Indochina. He inspects troops in camouflaged positions. He visits hill top for overview of the area. A signpost reads: "Vinh-yen."
French political official visits French forces and installations in Indochina. Aerial views of the French military installation at Vinh-Yen. A sign:' Vinh Yen' painted on roof of building to be easily seen from the air. A French sentry stands on the roof of a building. The French political official and military officers confer. The official and his French military entourage visit the royal compound in Laos. Several small Laotian flags with the elephant symbol on them are seen on front of building. The Laotian military escorts take off their shoes at the entrance. The French official and military walk on a road. Laotian children line both sides of the road waving small flags.
Activities of Viet Minh during the Indochina war. Ruins of houses and wrecked vehicles. Viet Minh soldier stands along with booklet. A Viet Minh soldier operating a radio. Camouflaged military vehicles with Viet Minh soldiers. Dead bodies at a riverside. Viet Minh Firing an antiaircraft gun and firing a French 75 field artillery piece. A large artillery field gun.
French paratroops preparing to board JU-52 (Amiot AaC 1 Toucan) trimotor transport aircraft for an air drop. Puppy dog mascot seen amongst their packs. They board the aircraft. Views of French paratroops descending from the JU-52 tromotor aircraft, and landing in a field in Indochina.