USS Skate submarine at the North Pole. USS Skate (a U.S. Navy submarine) underway and heads towards the North Pole. U.S. officers confer sitting around a table. U.S. Navy personnel work with equipment and on controls. The personnel receive weather information on screens in the control room. USS Skate surfaces at the North Pole. The personnel use tools to remove ice from USS Skate.
'The story of camp Century: The city under ice' Location of Camp Century on a map of Greenland. Distance of the camp from North Pole. United States Army engineers arrive in Greenland in 1959 to set up Camp Century. Officers survey the snow covered area Engineer looks through leveling instrument. A scale shows the thickness of snow on the ground. Men erect flags to demarcate the boundary for Camp Century. Convoy of sleds carrying construction, food and other supplies arrives, cranes unload supply boxes. Wanigans also bring in supply boxes. Men with sled dogs on their backs enter wanigans and a caterpillar tractor pulls a series of wanigans. Men board polar cabs. Light aircraft lifts off. A cook in a kitchen inside a vehicle cuts meat. Soldiers being served food, men sleep in navy bunks. A convoy on the move.
Actor Raymond Massey talks about the nation's need for defense against possible air attack. He walks to a large wall map depicting North America and discusses joint efforts of Canada and the United States to establish an effective air defense system for North America. On the map, lines of radar stations are shown: The DEW line;Mid Canada line; and the Pine Tree line. Other radar installations are highlighted along East and West coasts on land, on towers in the ocean, on picket ships and on picket aircraft. Sites of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network of radars, computer systems, and aircraft command and control equipment are depicted on the U.S. part of the map. The headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) at Colorado Springs, Colorado is highlighted. Massey points to models of intercepter missiles and long range bombers, on his desk, and discusses their employment.
He then speaks of an intricate communications system to tie everything together. This is depicted on the animated map. Views of men laying telephone cable. Underground view of telephone cables. View of telephone microwave tower. Telephone poles and lines along a rural road. A mother and child telephoning the father long distance. Office workers using telephones. Teletype machines and television communications. A ship laying telephone cable at sea.Map depicts lines of communication provided by undersea cables. views of emergency supplies and equipment available in times of disaster. Downed power lines being repaired. Men at a large emergency diesel generator. Underground communication cables being installed by team of tracked vehicles. Remote lines of communication away from possible targets are depicted.
Aerial views of Dew Line air defense radar installations in the Northern part of North America. Ground views of a man dressed in furs riding a dog sled. View from the sled of the dog team pulling it. The man and dog team moving in the snow past black microwave antennas of the "White Alice" Alaskan Communications system. Aerial view of a White Alice complex containing huge red and white checkered microwave antennas. Oil tanks and other facilities at the site. Scene shifts to closeup of receiving and relaying antennas of the White Alice system. View of a Dew Line radar site. Narrator explains how the Dew Line stations work in concert with the White Alice system. Closeup of radar antenna rotating and fade to a radar screen where a target is being painted by a sweeping beam. Operator at the radar screen picks up phone to inform NORAD (North American Air Defense Command). View of the NORAD Headquarters Building at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with mountain in background and flags of the U.S. and Canada flying from flag poles in front of the building. View inside the command and control area of the headquarters. A large tracking board on which radar information is depicted. view of a radar station complex on land and one out at sea. A Lockheed EC-121 radar picket aircraft in flight and a radar picket ship at sea.
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.
USS nuclear powered submarine 'Skate' returns back after visit to Arctic. Families and friends gather to receive the crew in Connecticut. They carry banners reading 'Welcome home, North Pole sitters'. Skate's Captain Commander Joames F Calvert and other members of the crew disembark. Cameramen take pictures.