Film opens showing armed conflict in Laos and South America. Soldiers firing rifles in jungle areas. Armed men running across a field and in a town in Cyprus. Heavy armor engaged in conflict and buildings burning in undisclosed location. Riots in Congo. Armed Republic of South Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) moving through jungle. A Viet Cong shot as ARVN troops attack a hut. People fleeing in streets of Cuba as government soldiers engage armed revolutionaries. A civilian woman suffering a seizure as Red Cross workers attempt to carry her. Dead tank crew soldiers atop their tank. Medical corps persons moving wounded on a stretcher. Various views of ARVN with captured Viet Cong in Vietnam. Slate identifies the film as U.S. Army Training Film TF 27 - 3616, entitled "Geneva Conventions and Counterinsurgency." View of the Palace of Nations building in Geneva Switzerland. Scene shifts to inside, in 1949, where delegates of 59 nations are gathered to develop rules to protect prisoners of war, wounded prisoners, noncombatants and others caught up such internal conflicts. View from ground of German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport planes. Closeup of them leaving a plane and descending in parachutes. Japanese soldiers surrendering to Americans on a Pacific Island in World War 2. Several scenes of massacre victims lying on the ground. Survivors of a Nazi concentration camp. A U.S. Army medical corpsmen help one to a stretcher. Executed prisoners of war. Courtroom of the Nuremberg trials. Seen in the front row of Nazi leaders are: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, and Julius Streicher. Seated behind them are: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, and Konstantin von Neurath. Scene shifts to the postwar trial of Japanese Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma, in the Philippines. Prisoners in unidentified conflict being herded into an open truck. Views of the document constituting the 3rd Geneva Convention of 1949, addressing treatment of prisoners and of parts directed to "conflicts not of an international character." Views of a civilian driver wounded and passengers killed in in his car. Surrendered Vietcong with their weapons stacked. Wounded combatants being carried on stretchers. American survivors of a Japanese prison camp receiving a good meal after being rescued. A ditch filled with victims of massacre. Hostages being taken in an internal conflict. Prisoners being beaten and humiliated in public. Death sentences being rendered without due process.
United States aircraft carrier Franklin D Roosevelt (CV-42) in the Pacific Ocean. Boatswain sounds attention on his pipe into the loudspeaker. The Commanding Officer, Captain HB Felt, goes to PA (Public Announcement) system and talks to the crew over the system.
The United States aircraft carrier Franklin D Roosevelt (CV-42) in the Pacific Ocean. Captain HB Felt watches flight deck operations on board Franklin D Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier. A Lieutenant Commander talks to him, another officer with them on the bridge of the ship. A pilot just recovered from water, comes out of a helicopter on the flight deck. A member of medical staff and other men on the flight deck.
Launching of Aerobee missile aboard USS Norton Sound in the Pacific Ocean. USS Norton Sound (AV-11) underway. Launcher of the Aerobee missile in a down position. Men work on the missile. Nose and boosters of the missile. Tower and missile aboard the ship. Tail section of the missile Missile as seen from the bridge. Launcher being elevated and being taken from the hangar deck. CPO (Chief Petty Officer) places a hold-down pin in launcher. Launcher in firing position as men work on same. Missile at the launcher in firing position.
Launching of Aerobee missile aboard USS Norton Sound in the Pacific Ocean. American helicopter warms up on the deck. Helicopter takes off. The launching rack in a firing position on at end of USS Norton Sound. Missile being launched and in flight. USS Norton Sound underway
United States aircraft carrier Franklin D Roosevelt (CVA-42). Sailors joke and giggle as one of them reads a magazine. A meteorologist works on a weather map. Control panel in engine room, a sailor operates the wheel as shipmate with headset and microphone stands next to him.