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French Army General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny arrives in Indochina in 1950. Later, in 1952, scenes of General Henri Navarre arriving.

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.

Date: 1950, December
Duration: 2 min 16 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
French General Navarre and his staff plan tactics in the field during French-Indochina war

General Henri Navarre, French High Commissioner and Commander in Chief of Indochina, plots tactics with his staff during the French-Indochina war. He studies a map. French paratroops stand in a field with their gear ready. A Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft (French Amiot AAC 1 Toucan) is seen behind them. General Navarre looks through binoculars. Other officers behind him. General Navarre and his staff discuss tactics as they look at a map posted on a display tripod. He emphasizes and points with a cane on the ground as he discusses tactics with his staff. French officers talk near a communications center in the field. A French officer looks at a map on a table.

Date: 1952
Duration: 46 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
French Units firing in the war against Communist forces in Vietnam (Indochina).

French Union Forces in strategic North-West delta region spearhead a counter-attack against Communist forces in Indochina (Vietnam). Airplane in flight over the field. Firing and bombarding on the field. Smoke arises due to bombarding. Trees and mountains in background. Military vehicles move on the field. The wounded soldiers are evacuated in boats. Soldiers fire artillery.

Date: 1952, November 17
Duration: 1 min 5 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Air Force airlifts French paratroopers to Indochina.

Film opens showing entrance to cockpit of a U.S. Air Force Troop Carrier Douglas C-124 Globemaster aircraft en route from France to Indochina. A pilot is seen at the controls in the left seat, and the Aircraft Commander is observing from behind and between the pilots' seats. Close-up of number 3 and 4 engines with propellers turning as viewed from copilot's window. Two crew members are seen asleep on bunks in rear of flight deck compartment. Another is napping in a bulkhead seat. More views of engines running and propellers turning. Glimpse downward of land and clouds below. Close-up of Copilot in right seat of cockpit, wearing headset and making an announcement through his microphone. View of French paratroopers seated in cargo compartment, listening to the announcement from loudspeaker above them. Next, a French paratrooper passenger is seen opening contents of a flight lunch package. He uses the tiny can opener included in the package to open a can (with some difficulty). Paratroopers eating flight lunches.Two of the passengers playing chess on a miniature board with plug-in chessmen. Close-up of the chessboard. Co-pilot speaking on intercom again and a French paratrooper, wearing headset and microphone, speaking as well (likely translating). Glimpse of engine running on left wing. A different person (not in flight suit) at the controls in copilot's seat. The crew's Flight Engineer making throttle adjustments at his panel. View on the ground of French greeting party on the destination airfield to meet the arriving aircraft. Arriving C-124 aircraft taxiing on inboard engines only, as it proceeds along layers of pierced steel plank (Marsden matting) comprising the surface of airfield ramp. Views of French military waiting to greet arriving paratroopers. The aircrew's loadmaster lowering one of the aircraft's front loading ramps. French paratrooper passengers use it to leave the aircraft. (The other ramp is partially down and contains cartons and boxes.) Close-up of a French major in the greeting party. A woman greeting troopers, individually, as come down the ramp from the aircraft. Some French aircraft lined up on ramp, in background. (They appear to be Grumman F8F Bearcat aircraft.) Glimpse of an armed French Colonial (Tirailleurs Sénégalais) sentry standing near the aircraft. Troopers carrying cartons of rations from the aircraft and joining others preparing to board trucks for a ride to their quarters. Uniformed French soldiers in the greeting party help load heavy crate into an Army truck. Some troopers leave on trucks.

Date: 1952
Duration: 2 min 44 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
French forces operating in Indochina. Air evacuation of wounded by helicopter

French Indochina war. Supplies dropped from the air, by parachute, fall through a tree, as French troops standing nearby watch. An air evacuation helicopter takes off from a field and flies away. French troops walk along the edge of a field. The same helicopter, bearing red cross markings, lands in an open field, and a wounded French soldier is carried on a litter, to be loaded aboard for air evacuation.

Date: 1952
Duration: 1 min 14 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
French forces build paths and recover old roads during Indochina war.

French troops move along path through jungle, in Indochina. They use a bulldozer to clear growth. French troops on a truck with rails, to repair old railroad. One soldier walks across concrete culvert near old railway. French troops carrying supplies through the jungle. They traverse open area containing foundations where buildings once stood. Vietnamese laborers clearing brush with machetes. A French bulldozer at work repairing an old road.

Date: 1952
Duration: 1 min 21 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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