Views of North Korea during 1945 through 1950. Reconstruction going on in North Korea, new buildings being built. Korean country side and small islands in the bay as waves break on the shore. A group of North Koreans arrives at diamond mountain resort and look at Koo Rong Hun falls, they pose for pictures. Men and women in a reading room.
Korean propaganda film depicting suffering of the Korean people under Japanese occupation prior to and through World War 2. Korean citizens answering questions of Japanese civilian officials during period of Japanese occupation before World War 2. Japanese warship carrying Nakajima E4N bi-wing scout plane. Steel truss bridge being bombed. Koreans being forcibly recruited to fight for Japan. Koreans being tortured and imprisoned at hands of Japanese. Aircraft dropping bombs on ground targets. Slate announces August 9, 1945, marking the Soviet invasion of Japanese occupied areas, including North Korea, in World War II. Destroyers dropping depth charges. Battleships firing heavy guns. Soviet infantry rushing from a ship to engage Japanese forces. Soviet soldier offloading an M1910 Maxim Sokolov Machine gun onto a pier. Amphibious assault by Soviet forces. Artillery barrages. Explosions and smoke. Soviet infantry attacking industrial facilities and planting the Red flag on a hilltop in a rural area. Japanese troops surrendering to Soviet soldiers. Fallen Japanese gunner in gun position with shell in his hands. Numerous other fallen Japanese soldiers. Captured Japanese weapons and war materiel, including many swords. Japanese prisoners of war seated in an open area. Various destroyed Korean buildings and temples. Denuded trees in war zone. August 15th, 1945, shows Japanese citizens listening to a loudspeaker broadcast by Emperor Hirohito, announcing the surrender of Japan, and end of World War II. Shackles are removed from Korean prisoners. Koreans celebrate in the streets. The Korean flag flies from houses in a village. Korean people march, sing, and cheer everywhere in the country. A seated band of musicians plays. Scene shifts to the deck of the battleship USS Missouri, where Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu in formal attire sits to sign documents of surrender. General Douglas MacArthur, and other senior allied officers, stand nearby as Soviet Lieutenant General Kuzma Nikolaevish Derevyanko sits to sign for the USSR. Japanese civilians living in Korea, during the Japanese occupation, are seen moving with their belongings, to be relocated back in Japan.
Highlights covering General Douglas MacArthur, from 1945 through 1950. The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. Several Japanese bowing towards the Palace. General Douglas MacArthur enters his headquarters in Japan. Emperor Hirohito walks between two U.S. sentries, as he leaves a building and enters his limousine. Japanese citizens form lines on streets to cast ballots in election.Several Japanese women voting. Exterior of the Japanese National Diet building. Interior with representatives seated. A farmer behind a cultivator, pulled by an ox, in a rice paddy. Japanese school children waving American flags, as MacArthur leaves his headquarters.MacArthur saluting at a military ceremony, where his wife, Jean MacArthur, and son Arthur are spectators. Explosions in hills, from American Patton tank shelling North Korean positions in Korean war. American soldiers firing a mortar;infantry advancing along sides of road; and American tank commander rendering first aid to wounded comrade. USAF C-47 transport aircraft ferrying American troops into korea, from Japan. American infantry marching across a bridge; firing mortars and rifles; and advancing on foot across fields. American troops on trucks followed by a Patton medium tank. MacArthur meeting troops on river boat; riding in a jeep; being briefed by U.S. officer in the field; examining a knocked out tank; and decorating U.S. troops in winter. Closeup of MacArthur in winter gear with his circle of five stars pined into a fur cap. Views of U.S. amphibious landing at Inchon. MacArthur watching from a ship offshore. Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea, reading message of appreciation to General MacArthur and shaking hands with him at the podium. U.S. President Harry S. Truman, pinning a medal on General MacArthur,on Wake Island, October, 1950.
United Nations military action preserves democracy in South Korea and from attack of Communist North Korea. Map shows division of Korea and capital of North and South Korea as Pyongyang and Seoul. Animated arrows shows attack of North Korea to South Korea. Troops of Republican Army advance. Soldiers fire from trenches and hills. Soldier looks through binocular. Fire and smoke clouds rise. Soldiers raise flags at the United Nations office. Korean ambassador Chang at Emergency meeting of Security Council at the UN. Secretary of UN, Trygve Lie states this situation as threat to world peace and call for acceptance for the U.S. demand to reestablish peace. All 9 members present raise their hands in acceptance. Women carry small child, and refugees in South Korea. Men help old woman to walk. Two Korean refugee children stand, one child eats bread. Empty seat of representative of Socialist Soviet. U.S. delegate asks to assist South Korea and repel arm attack. 7 out of 8 representatives raise their hands in acceptance.
Depicts post-World War 2 events in Korea. including the partition of North and South at the 38th parallel. Korean village and country side, seagulls fly. Duck Soo Kong building in Nam Dai Moon in Seoul. Officers stand around a table as General Hodge ( United States), General Shitkov (Russia), Syngman Rhee of South Korea meet. Rhee addresses the meeting, Koreans enter YMCA building in Seoul. Animated map of Korea shows division at 38th parallel and depicts Southern part as an American marked beetle. Len Han Sa building in Seoul and the city as a whole. South Korean police depicted treating a man badly and taking his food away.
At the end of World War 2, Russian liberators arrive at Pyongyang railroad station in North Korea and being welcomed by the Koreans. People cheer Russian liberators as they pass by them. Russian tanks and soldiers parade through the streets of Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim II Sung addresses a mass meeting. North Koreans operate farm equipment, harvest and pack rice. People celebrate a good harvest as they dance and play traditional musical instruments. A Korean river and a concrete bridge over it.