Division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam as Indochina war ends up in Vietnam. Aerial view of cratered battle ground, with smoke rising, at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, in March, 1954. A French A-26 Invader aircraft flying above some clouds and pilot in cockpit using radio. French paratroops, dropping from C-47 aircraft, and landing, to reinforce troops dug in at Dien Bien Phu. French artillery firing and rounds exploding in the distance. French troops moving through brush, and carrying wounded back out. Citizens on streets of Hanoi, North Vietnam, scrounging for scraps to eat. An old woman hunkered down in a doorway. A mother with a young boy. French troops crossing a bridge as they surrender following the siege at Dien Bien Phu. North Vietnamese troops entering Hanoi. Delegates at the Geneva conference of 1954, in the Palais des Nations, including representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China, among others. Closeup of Soviet delegation, with Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, second from left. View of the North Vietnamese delegation, and delegate Ta Quang Buu, Vice Minister of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and Head of their Military Delegation, signing the accords. Closeup of one treaty page, with his signature, as Minister of Defense, and that of Henri, Deltiel, Brigadier General, who signed for the Commander in Chief of all French Forces in Indochina. OUtdoors. After the conference, Soviet Foreign Minister, Molotov shakes hands with Chou En-lai, Chinese Foreign Minister. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, wearing a hat, is standing behind Molotov. A long line of refugees fleeing to the South, from North Vietnam. A 1954 map showing the division of North and South Vietnam at the 19th parallel. Mist settled among mountain tops. South Vietnamese people engaged in agricultural pursuits and building new dwellings. South Vietnamese placing ballots in boxes during elections. Brief glimpse of the glamorous Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, defacto First Lady of South Vietnam, dressed in ao dai and wearing dark glasses, as she leaves a polling place. Farmers dressed in traditional conical hats (non la) working in grain fields, and reaping and carrying cut grain on poles in the South. Beautiful view of fishermen and boats silhouetted against sky, with tall limestone islands in background, at Ha Long Bay, North Vietnam (incorrectly implying it shows South Vietnamese in peaceful pursuits). South Vietnamese at work building structures with concrete blocks. A car with bullet holes in the windshield, draws attention on busy street in South Vietnam. Closeup of murdered man inside on floor of car. Scenes of vandalism at a house. Viet Minh guerillas moving through jungles and setting fires to straw roofed houses. Remains of a destroyed dwelling. Bodies of South Vietnamese killed, according to the narrator, by "Viet Cong pursuasion squads." A framed picture of Ho Chi Minh, over a North Vietnamese star flag.
USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) attack German targets in Africa and Italy during World War 2. An animation shows location of U.S. 8th Air Force in England and U.S. 12th Air Force in North Africa. P-40 Warhawk fighter planes in flight over enemy targets in North Africa. German equipment and troops are strafed. A P-51 Mustang fighter in flight, peels off and dives towards ground. German planes on ground. A German transport plane takes off. German troops in plane. German transports in flight. U.S. fighter planes take off. German transport being shot down. An animation shows location of 9th Air Force in North Africa. U.S. amphibious landings and infantry troops on the coast of Italy. P-40s in flight strafing German troops. U.S. troops fire mortars and in combat. A-24 Banshee fighter plane flies low over water. U.S. troops dig foxholes. They go through a barbed wire entanglement. U.S. B-26 Marauder bomber in flight. Bombs fall and explode on the ground. A-20 Havoc fighters strafe German railroads. An animation shows reshuffling of U.S. Air Forces, the 12th in Italy, the 9th in England and the 15th in Africa.
Aerial view of hilly terrain with sparse vegetation. French troops on patrol, coming single file down a sloping path along a wire fence. Radioman with backback radio and antenna, stands by as officer uses the handset. Troops ,armed with rifles, patrol along river. View of palm trees growing on shoreline.
A patrol moving along rugged stony path. Patrol leaders carrying French MAT-49 submachine guns.
Rugged terrain and mountain ranges. Trucks loaded with French soldiers drive through a hilly area. Trees in the background. Cattle and civilians walk on roads. Trucks drive on a curving road. The soldiers jump from the trucks and climb up a hill. A soldier looks down at ground. A truck drives through a village. Local civilians sit under a tree. Soldiers dig the ground with shovels. They pass stones in a brigade and construct a fortification. Loaves of bread loaded into the back of a truck. A boy serves bread to the soldiers. The soldiers cleanup and rest and relax under a tree near tents.
French military engineers using a transit, on a tripod, take surveying measurements. Two French Legionnaires use a pneumatic drill to make holes in rock for dynamite sticks. Large group of local tribesmen work on project. Legionnaire places dynamite into prepared hole in rock. Dynamite is detonated producing cloud of smoke and causing large amounts of rock to collapse. Local workers scramble over the dynamited area.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne arrive at a shipyard, accompanied by the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in England. They get off the car and soldiers welcome them. Royal Yacht Britannia at the shipyard. The royals board the ship. Crew standing on the ship to welcome them. Queen bids good bye to the children. The ship begins its long journey to North Africa where the King and Queen are on tour.