Motorists being processed at a German border crossing. The Border guard examines items being carried across the border. the operator of a travel trailer presents documents. Views of trains stopping at borders, including famous trans-European trains such as the Edelweiss and the Nord Express between Paris and Copenhagen. Trans-European train crossing border where Swedish flag is displayed. Sign on a train listing stops including Stockholm, Copenhagen, Basel and Rome. Electric train passing through border. Railroad construction underway through the center of Brussels, Belgium. A large new train station being completed in the heart of Rome, Italy. A locomotive under construction in Switzerland. Rubber train wheels being used by the Swiss. A ship displaying Swedish flag loads cargo at Rotterdam. Panning views of the Rotterdam port, in the Netherlands. A 4-masted sailing ship docked at a pier in the port. The port's modern warehouses. Men step out on rotating platform high in warehouse building. cranes loading cargo for ships.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini standing together in an open car during a motorcade in Munich, in 1938. Civilian spectators render Nazi salutes as they pass. Next, British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, arriving for the Munich treaty conference, steps from a British Airways Lockheed Model 14 passenger plane. An honor guard of helmeted and white-gloved German soldiers stands at attention during his welcome. Adolf Hitler climbs stairs of Berghof together with Chamberlain and Hitler's interpretor, Paul Otto Schmidt, on September 15, 1938 for their conference. Crowds of Germans give Nazi salute and cheer as Hitler and Mussolini appear on a balcony. Prime Minister Chamberlain back from the conference, speaks to the crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938, saying, among other thing, "We regard the agreement signed last night, and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desires of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again." Damaged buildings and ruins of city. Mussolini giving an impassioned speech. Italian cavalry carrying out a charge in Ethiopia. Italian troops employing machine guns in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War circa 1936. Italian infantry charging across sand dunes. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie at the League of Nations podium. Nazi Swastika eagle statue. A formation of German troops, during the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria,in 1938). Hitler at a podium. People rendering Nazi salute in annexed city.
At this point, the film transitions to 1950 as North Korean troops cross the 39th parallel and start the Korean War. A nighttime artillery barrage. North Korean troops firing a Browning M1917 machine gun and rifles. The feet of American soldiers are jumping out of foxholes as U.S.M26 Pershing tanks fire their guns from tilted positions below hills. A Pershing tank crosses a bridge back into South Korea, where a sign reads:"You are now crossing the 38th parallel, Co.B 728 MP."
Scene shifts again, to President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers speech about Vietnam at a news conference on July 28, 1965, in which he states,among other things, "Three times in my lifetime...Americans have gone to far lands to fight for freedom..." as he explains U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the Vietnam War.
Transworld Airways Lockheed Constellation airliner arriving from New York City and Shannon,Ireland. It taxis to parking ramp at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Closeup of another airliner shutting down on the ramp. Passengers walk across the ramp and under the tail of an Air France plane, on their way to the terminal building. They are greeted by a band of men in red huntsmen uniforms playing hunting horns. A railroad train in a picturesque setting. Patrons relaxing on a cafe terrace, at an Italian train station, as an electrified train pulls in. An excursion boat draws near to Chillon Castle On Lake Geneva Switzerland. More views of the castle, from its footpath. Ancient Greek ruins near the Mediterranean Sea. Saint Mark’s Basilica on St. Mark’s Square in the city of Venice, Italy. Many visitors walking in the square, and a flock of pigeons taking flight. The Palace of Versailles, viewed from behind statues in the garden. Chartes Cathedral, Chartres, France. St Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy. Views of Copenhagen, Denmark, including the Little Mermaid statue. A man rowing a boat on a lake in the Alps Mountains. Snow-covered mountains. Trains running in the mountains. Border guards of Italy and Switzerland on their respective sides of their mutual border at a train station. A train transiting the border. A volkswagen car and other vehicles being processed at a German border crossing.
A documentary reviews the beginning of the Marshall Plan in response to the post war (World War II) needs of Europeans. It depicts its effect on the lives of people during the first year of its implementation. People on a street. A map of Europe. Animation depicts the production of textile, output of coal, requirement of manufacturing industries, and declined food production. U.S. Secretary of State George Catlett Marshall, Jr., tells the people of Europe that if they work together the U.S. will supply money for food and raw material. People read about Marshall's appeal in the newspapers. Traffic on the streets in Paris, France. Foreign Minsters of Great Britain, France and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov arrive for a meeting to discuss the Marshall Plan. The delegates and representatives at the meeting. Molotov comes out from the meeting. Animated map depicts 16 European nations which get together to work for economic development. The delegates seated in a hall in Paris. The Organization for Economic Co-operation is formed. Delegates of European nations signing a document. A view of Norway. A book on a table reads 'First Annual Requirements Program Submitted to O.E.E.C.'. The Marshall Aid provided to Italy. The Marshall Plan implemented in Ireland. Traffic and people on a road. The U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. A meeting of the Congress for the Marshall Plan. Paul G. Hoffman is appointed the administrator of the Marshall Plan. People listen to news about the European Recover Program (ERP) on radios. Men unload food supplies sent by the U.S. from ships at a dock. People listen to a dignitary. Men unload machines from the ship. Workers in Holland ride bicycles. A man unloads cotton from a freight car. A sign for ERP on the freight car. Men at work in a mill. A coal hoist is delivered in Britain. The miners dig out coal and use the hoist. The coal is loaded aboard a ship for trade. Building of automobiles at a plant in Italy.
Segment introduction by Captain Carl Zimmerman. Animated map shows Pyongyang, Taegu, Inchon, and Seoul, and the 38th parallel. PyongYang falls on October 17, 1950 to U.S. troops. Troops advancing in PyongYang. A North Korean soldier is captured. A tank drives on a railway in PyongYang. A burning truck carrying ammunition explodes. A medic treats a wounded U.S. soldier in the streets of Pyongyang. A dead North Korean at side of road as troops advance. Bridge crossing at Pyongyang. North Korean civilians in Pyongyang. Interview with Corporal David Grey, Korean war veteran. 187th Airborne Regiment parachuters prepare to depart from Kimpo Air Field. C-47 and C-119 boxcar airplanes take off from Kimpo Air Field on 20 October 1950. Parachutes of the 187th Airborne descend to ground. General MacArthur views parachutes from the interior of his Constellation air plane. Soldiers loading up cattle with equipment. Jeep and Howitzer tied to skids are seen still attached to parachutes. Wounded 187th Airborne Regiment soldiers are gathered and placed on helicopters. Wounded covered with shield on helicopter before take off. North Koreans wave flags as U.S. soldiers advance. Map shows major invasion dates for Korea in September and October 1950.
In a U.S. Army documentary, an Army Sergeant walks on sidewalks of a typical 1950 small town in the rural United States -- Ottumwa, Iowa. Civilians on streets of the city. Various shops and 1940s and 1950s era automobiles. People from various walks of life talk to the Sergeant. The Sergeant recalls the town's ancestors entering America. The Des Moines river is shown with a small boat anchored at the end of a dock and men and boys fishing. Statue of an Indian Chief atop the Courthouse Building, Chief Wapello, whose tribe camped in the spot of the town years prior. The entrance of the library. Still images and drawings from the library depicting the town. Pictures of houses, shops and other buildings. People on the streets of Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper headline announcing U.S. participation in World War I, "War Becomes Actuality." Images of members from Ottumwa's own Company G, 42nd Rainbow Division in WWI, including soldiers Arthur Menge, Charles Orman, Marlow Work. Views of WWI battle scenes. Oscar Nelson is remembered for heroism. WWI soldiers returning to American towns. Private Charles Orman 40 years later in Ottumwa. He enters a barber shop. Art Menge is also seen in the Barber shop. Aerial view of the city with many bridges, plants, factories, and homes visible. Cars and pedestrians on streets, The Ottumwa Bank, the Airport with a plane parked in front of the terminal, the Railroad train station with people waiting as a large sleek silver passenger train pulls up and arrives. The Hoffmann Drug store, the Ottumwa Hotel, The Ottumwa Daily Courier newspaper building, the Glover Motor Company, the Union Bank, and the Sunnyslope Sanitorium. Various homes and neighborhoods and 1950s automobiles. Governor Herschel Loveless, an Ottumwa native, at home with his wife. The home on Davis Street of the Miss Universe contest winner Carol Morris, and views of Ms. Morris in the pageant and receiving the winners crown in 1956.