A documentary series titled 'The Big Picture' on the activities of U.S. 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. Sergeant Stuart Queen presents the show. He introduces U.S. Army Captain Audie Murphy in the show. He speaks about the history of the 3rd Infantry Division. Troops of the 3rd Infantry Division on parade at Fort Benning, Georgia. A map locates key places on the Korean Peninsula. North Korean troops invading South Korea, on June 25, 1950. Contingents of South Korean troops arriving in trucks to attempt resistance. Elements of the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division on the ground along the East coast of Korea. U.S. field artillery firing. With entry of Chinese forces into the conflict, in November, 1950, the U.S. 3rd Infantry troops assume defensive positions in the Hamhung area of North Korea. forces to facilitate evacuation of other X-Corps units by landing craft to waiting transport ships. One landing craft seen has the number APA 98-3 on its side, indicating it originally belonged to the troop transport, USS Dutchess, APA-98 ( which was decommisioned and sold, in 1948).
Soviet military forces in massed formations at Red Square, in Moscow, Russia. Joseph Stalin stands on balcony above. Scenes of rebellion in Europe and Asia. A map of Korea. June 25, 1950, war broke out between North and South Korea. Buildings burning. Refugees fleeing. View of United Nations building on East River in New York City, where American ambassador Warren Austin is speaking. View of the Capitol in Washington, DC. President Truman, speaking, committed U.S. forces to action. U.S. Reservists are recalled to active duty to fight in Korea. Some are seen getting off a bus at a military base reception center. Recalled reservists with full field gear, starting their journey overseas, and later seen in Korea. U.S. tanks moving over the road manned by soldiers with World War Two experience. Numerous scenes of heavy artillery firing, mostly at night. U.S. regular Army, National Guard, and Army reserve soldiers engaged in fire fights using tanks, artillery, mortars, and rifles. Soldiers adminster first air and assist wounded comrades. American troops slogging through rain and snow in Korea. Soldiers eating from mess kits, and reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper, during a lull in combat.
North Korean officers arriving, in snow, for armistice talks. Following the truce, American soldiers are seen packed up and heading home from Korea.
U.S. sailors silhouetted on the deck of a battleship at sea. The sailors observe through binoculars. Turret with heavy guns on deck. The heavy guns fire and flashes are seen, as well as one illuminated smoke ring, in the darkness.
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.
U.S. Army advances in the Korean Peninsula in the year 1952 during the Korean War. U.S. soldiers loaded on tanks advance towards battlefield. U.S. tanks firing artillery and troops firing heavy machine guns from truck. . Army sergeant talks over a telephone. Tank burning. Soldiers load shells and fire artillery. Numerous U.S. artillery firings from variety of weapons. A smoke column rises from explosions. U.S. officers observe from command post. A vast quantity of expended shell casings litter a field. Dead soldiers on the ground. Prisoners of war walk through streets.
Map of Korea showing 38th parallel boundary. View of 38th parallel with the numbers "38" seen on the ground. The United Nations Commission meeting in Seoul. U.S. troops leaving the Korean peninsula. Aerial view of the harbor in Seoul. Fire and smoke in the mountains as North Koreans attack. South Korean soldiers marching into battle. Korean soldiers in trenches firing from hill top. The first Korean War refugees. The UN gathering at Lake Success, NY. General MacArthur receives the UN battle flag. Aerial view of the port at Pusan. U.S. troops landing in Pusan. A parade of troops led by U.S., U.N. , and Republic of Korea flags disembark at Pusan from a landing ship, number 222. U.S. troops firing weapons at North Koreans, including mortar, machine guns, and howitzers.