Blizzard covers New York and areas from Maine to Washington DC. In New York, people with umbrellas and heavy coats on roads buried in snow. Cars are marooned away from homes in snow. Traffic at a stand-still as cars, buses, railroad tracks and roads are covered in snow. Food supply is affected. People travel on foot. Volunteers dig out snow and clear the roads. Children enjoying themselves in snow.
USS Maine Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States. USS Maine Memorial at a distance. Tomb of the Unknown, guard in front of the Tomb. Guard in front of the USS Maine Memorial. Flowers in honor of Filipino President Manuel Quezon placed before the USS Maine Memorial where he is buried. Cannon near the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater. Anchor near USS Maine Memorial.
Senate's investigation of the 40 million war time airplane contracts in Washington, United States. Several officials seated at a desk discuss. Industrialist Henry John Kaiser talks about the early period of World War II when the Axis destroyed Allied ships and airplanes and they were defeated. An airplane parked on an airfield. American aviator and industrialist, Howard Robard Hughes speaks into a microphone. He talks about investigation of a case and his two airplane project. United States Senator from Maine Ralph Owen Brewster speaks against Hughes and asks about the 40 million dollars.
Senate's investigation of 40 million in war time plane contracts to Howard Hughes firm in Washington, United States. Men and women enter a building. Several officials seated at desks. American aviator and industrialist Howard Robard Hughes testifies. A man speaks into a microphone. United States Senator from Maine Ralph Owen Brewster speaks. Hughes accuses Senator Brewster of mis-statements. Brewster refutes the charge. People applaud. Cameramen record the event.
John Charles Daly discussing the Medal of Honor and the Spanish American War. Scenes of waves crashing on shores. Mr. Daly standing in the Hall of Heroes, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. speaks about Americans called to do battle outside the United States. Map of Cuba with flame and smoke over Havana Harbor. Officials around a conference table. A poster with picture of the USS Maine and words: "Remember the Maine." Excerpts from films depicting events in the Spanish-American War. The Spanish flag being lowered and replaced by the American flag. Back in the Hall of Heroes, Mr. Daly points to names of 30 Medal of Honor recipients from the Spanish-American War, on the wall. He notes they were the first to win Army Medals of Honor on foreign soil. He states that 81 Navy and Marine Corps fighting men were also awarded the medal.
Events after World War II. Harvesting in U.S. farms. Closeup view as a tractor plows fields. Men on horseback driving sheep. Woman serves a Thanksgiving turkey dinner to her family gathered at a nice dining room table in the United States. Her children look at the food with smiles. Contrasting scenes show Europeans starving amid post-war ruins. Women and children looking for food. A child in a soup line. Women wait in a line to receive grain that is weighed on a scale. Globe spins. Joseph Stalin and other Soviet officials watch a military parade in Red Square in Russia. Retrospective scenes of the meeting of Russian and U.S. troops at the Elbe River late in World War 2. Communist rally in Paris. A protester holds up a hammer and sickle symbol. A demonstration of protestors in Athens, Greece, and another Communist demonstration in Rome, Italy. Map depicts communist control growing over Central and Eastern Europe early in Cold War. High aerial view of Washington DC with a lower altitude airplane flying over the U.S. Capitol. Exterior view of State Department (Old Executive Office Building) in Washington DC. View of Secretary of State James F Byrnes working at his desk. Byrnes speaks of U.S. role in world affairs while at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Scenes from a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in 1947. Scenes changes to North Portico of White House. Swearing in ceremony of George C. Marshall as Secretary of State. President Harry S Truman shakes hands with Secretary George Marshall. Night view of London landmark buildings. View of door at No. 10 Downing Street in London. View of brutal winter conditions in Europe in February 1947. Citizens try to dig out a train stuck in snow. Women in line in Britain for a rationed good, still saddled with its own postwar reconstruction. Narrator relates that Britain was unable to continue to provide massive military and economic aid to the Greek regime and appealed to the U.S. to handle the situation. Secretary of State Marshall and President Truman seen talking together in front of a fireplace mantle. Marshall boards aircraft for a visit to Moscow. Truman in a White House meeting, seated at oval table with his advisors and cabinet. Truman addressing joint session of congress on March 12, 1947. He asks for funds for Greece and Turkey. Globe highlights USSR. Door sign reads 'Policy Planning Staff - George F Kennan - Director'. Director Kennan seen at his desk. He advocates a long term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies. Reconstruction in Europe. Ground level and aerial views of bomb destroyed European cities, and workers cleaning up rubble. Brief scene from the meeting of 16 nations in Paris on July 3, 1947. Scenes from United Nations meeting held in Lake Success New York in September 1947. George Marshall at podium addressing delegates of UN. Russian delegate Andrey Vyshinsky commenting on Marshall Plan. Signing of Marshall Plan agreement by international delegates meeting in Paris in September 1947.