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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Training program aboard USS Gloucester (PF-22) in Saigon, French IndoChina. Trainees getting checked out on 40mm gun. Trainees firing 40mm gun. Trainees on 3" /50 caliber gun. Sea in the background.