U.S. Marines retreat in the Chosin Reservoir during Korean War. Shadow of a C-119 Flying Boxcar as it moves along snow-covered ground. A long line of marine convoy on its way to Kotori. Partly snow-covered mountains. An officer briefs the crew of a C-119 which will drop bridge. C-119 in flight as sections of steel tread-way are dropped to encircled marines. Pilot in C-119 CU. A Major speaks over the radio in the C-119. Pilot at controls in C-119, looking out of the plane. Area around Kotori. Kickers push out the supplies from Inside the C-119 . Smoke as a result of marines blowing up their camp as they prepare to leave to join the marines at Kotori.
U.S. Marines arrive at Kotori from Hagaru-ri during the Korean War. Weary and fatigued soldiers walk along as it snows. A truck crosses the road. Marines on railway tracks. Marine dragging a cardboard box with rations along the snow laden path. Marines resting on at a camp. Tents in the back ground A marine puts handful of snow in his mouth.
Focuses on Korean War. Antiaircraft guns fire in combat with enemy. Refugees walk up on hill. Troops march on field. Tanks advance on battlefield. Captain Carl Zimmerman speaks at desk about the causes of events which took place during Korean campaign, picture of refugees walking up hill in the background. Captain recalls day 10th August in 1950 and summarizes the United Nations consolidation below the 38th Parallel. Map shows Pusan, Masan, Changnyong, Pohang and other places. Close view of map highlighting Chinju, Masan, South West region of Taegu, Uisong, Pohang, and Yongdok. Map of Korea depicts the ground support given by marines, navy and air force planes. U.S. forces counterattack. U.S. troops march on road near Pohang 30 August 1950. Tanks advance on street. Soldiers on tanks. Troops in combat with enemy. Troops fire guns. Troops take cover behind woods. Captain Carl speaks with Lieutenant Tom, Platoon Leader of 24th Division. He shares experience of his platoon moving North of Korea during war. He further speaks about air support and artillery used in war. He talks about captured communists and weaponry used by North Koreans and his platoon. Marines march across field. Marines climb up mountain. Enemy opens fire. Wounded marine runs back for aid. Marines rush to attack. Marines fire machine guns and rifles. American aircraft overhead drop bombs. Explosions on ground. Map of Korea marks date 10/8/1950 and depicts areas captured by U.S. forces below 38th parallel. Captain Carl speaks at desk.
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.
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.