Supplies are parachuted to French troops battling Viet Minh in Diên Biên Phu. A bulldozer is air dropped using five parachutes, on November 21, 1953. A French fighter bomber dives low over a Viet Minh position. French troops fire field artillery piece. Smoke rises all around the battlefield. French infantry fight their way up a wooded hillside (many trees broken from combat effects). They fire small arms and mortars. They cook over open fires. Aerial view of French encampment at Diên Biên Phu, in February, 1954, with smoke rising from many small fires.
French troops in military vehicles moving about the countryside and through towns in Indochina. French High Commissioner and Commander in Chief of Indochina, General Henri Navarre, is seen interacting personally with his officers and troops in the field. General Navarre examines a long strip of aerial photo reconnaissance film.
French soldiers in combat during the French-Indochina war. They wade through a deep river and cross it. They hide behind bushes and take positions. They watch through binoculars. They fire field artillery, machine guns and mortars and capture several Viet Minh soldiers. French soldiers examine several dead Viet Minh.
French Union Forces thrust armored spearhead through communist controlled territory during Operation Camargue. A score of Viet Minh Forces crushed. Jeeps carry soldiers. French soldiers advance in Indochina. Soldiers fire guns.
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.