The AFN (American Forces Network) announcer speaks in French as part of an educational program, at AFN Orleans in France. Sgt. Bill Crawford talks about cultures and history of various nations. From AFN Berlin, Mrs. Jean Vavrin talks about cooking and various recipes. Also from Berlin, Pat Hicks hosts childrens program for the young listeners.
Allied air attacks against France during World War II. A map of France shows the location of Orleans. Aerial view of bombs being released by U.S. Army 8th Air Forces B-24 Liberator aircraft. The bombs drop and strike Bicy airfield, Orleans, France, on May 23, 1944. Billows of smoke rise from the airfield. Bombs being dropped on revetments. Smoke and fire occur.
Mardi Gras event to mark pre-Lenten celebrations in New Orleans, United States. On the last day of the Mardi Gras event decorative floats move on the streets in New Orleans. The civilians stand on either side of the street as the floats move past them.
Peace in Paris,France after end of war in Algeria in the year 1962. View of the Arc de Triomphe. President of the French Republic, Charles De Gaulle seated at office after the War being ended. Tanks move through streets. Large crowd of civilians gather on street cheer at the arrival of Deputy Premier of Algeria,Mohamed Ben Bella.
Opening scene shows the Schoeneberg Rathaus (West Berlin City Hall) where Willy Brandt, Mayor of Berlin, is addressing a large crowd of West Berliners, concerned about the building of the Berlin Wall, by the Soviets. Many carry placards and signs, including some in English,reading: "We trust Kennedy,'Pay any price, Bear any burden, for survival of Liberty;'" and "Millions behind the Iron Curtain ask for help." Scene shifts to a limousine driving into the center of a crowd. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson steps from the car, accompanied by U.S.General Lucius D. Clay, who is seen next, with arm raised, acknowledging the crowd, while standing with Johnson and Brandt, at a podium cluttered with microphones. (Narrator refers to him as "Father of the Airlift.") The next day, British and American soldiers are seen driving in jeeps and trucks and M59 Armored Personnel Carriers, through cheering crowds, as they arrive to reinforce their Berlin garrisons. Closeup of cheering Berliners, waving hankerchiefs. Change of scene shows animated map of Europe illustrating the Westward encroachment of Soviet occupation through World War II and the postwar era, concluding with East Berlin, in 1962. The threat to other Nations and regions is also illustrated. Next, legislators are seen in session in The plenary chamber of the German Bundestag in Bonn. Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany, is addressing the assembly. He states that Germany does not stand alone in the world. In France, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou addresses the National Assembly, regarding the Berlin Wall. In London, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, addresses Parliament. In the United States, on September 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, is addressing the UN General Assembly, in New York, about the dangerous crisis in Berlin. Scenes of of the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie . Memorials to persons killed attempting to escape East Berlin, are seen along the wall.
Ferry boats in Loire River, France. French civilians operate small ferry boat between Orleans and St. Marcean. Civilians wait on either banks. A ferry arrives with passengers. Allied soldiers, French civilians with cycles, and a medic get off the ferry. Men help the women up the step bank. Civilians with cycles board the waiting ferry.