Highlights the military career of U.S. General Dwight D Eisenhower from 1945 to 1952. Depicts notable scenes and events starting on D-Day as Allied Forces invade France. Allied planes drop bombs on the enemy positions. Allied troops land on the shores of France. U.S. tanks move forward. Allied soldiers advance towards Saint Lo. Battle in St Lo area. General Patton Forces move forward. French troops and the soldiers of the U.S. 5th Corps march through Paris. The civilians cheer. Allied soldiers move towards the German border fighting on their way. Battle of the Bulge - when the Germans turned counter offensive. The bridge at Remagen on the river Rhine. Allied troops cross the bridge. Allied troops on the offensive, west of the Rhine. The enemy surrenders. Rubble on the streets. General Eisenhower with the troops. Officials sign documents in a school to mark German surrender. Eisenhower makes a speech at the end of the war. Eisenhower, in Paris, waves at the people from an open carriage. People welcome him in his homeland with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Eisenhower waves at the people gathered at the side of the streets from an open car of a motorcade. Eisenhower swears in as the 1st post war Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He visited troops in various parts of the world. He salutes and moves towards a car with his wife as he leaves active military life. Pictures of Eisenhower as he becomes the president of the Columbia University. He reviews the troops as he becomes the Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Eisenhower on European soil. He enters a car. He assumes supreme command of the land, the sea and the air force. Against the threat from the USSR he prepares the European Armies. Soldiers enter into a train. He reviews troops. General Eisenhower and General Matthew Ridgway salute. He enters into a plane with his wife. Painting of Eisenhower being sworn in as President of the United States. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, two boys leaving the Library.
Air lift of passengers by U.S. Air Force aircraft at Orly Air Base in Paris, France. Sign board reads as 'Aeroport D'Orly'. Trucks being driven at the airport. Aircraft in the background. Men loaded in trucks. U.S. flag at mast. Sign: 'Base Operations, Orly Field Paris France, Elevation 295 FT. HQ. 7415th ABGp'. Men get off the trucks. They unload their belongings. They unload boxes from trucks and carry them. Men standing with barracks bags. Men with camera as they walk. A man shows an act to amuse others and other men laugh. Men take photos. Men move with their bags. View of the airport. Men look at documents. Men take food at the airport. Men meet their wives and families.
Robert,a French factory worker at a railway station in Isbergues,France. Train arrives at the station. Robert shakes hands with fellow worker and leaves for Paris. Street of Paris with tall buildings,vehicular traffic and pedestrians. Robert attends special classes in trade unionism. A night meeting of the trade union workers. Robert is notified of breakdown in negotiations between the union leaders and factory owners in his town of Isbergues.
People of Paris celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Louis Braille. Braille's remains are being transferred from Coupvray to the Panthéon in Paris. Thousands of blind people join the rally. Interiors of the Pantheon. President of France Vincent Auriol and other dignitaries pay their tribute to Louis Braille.
Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
Exterior views of United Nations headquarters building in New York City. World map showing NATO member countries shaded dark. Distant view of U.S. Capitol building in Washington DC with an American flag flying in the foreground. Following Presidential election of 1952, Dwight D Eisenhower takes oath of office as President in January 1953, surrounded by other dignitaries. Scenes from end of World War 2 with U.S. Army forces in Paris and happy celebrating French people welcoming the U.S. military and other Allied forces. Close up view of faces of U.S. Army troops marching beside Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Parisians cheer and smile. A French woman kisses an American soldier. Aerial view of Statue of Liberty in New York as a troop ship is arriving in New York Harbor with soldiers returning from World War 2. Soldiers disembark the troop carrier ship. Cunard sign on gang plank. Young American men enrolled in American colleges. A college square area. Inside, a professor instructs college students in class. American students work in a University science laboratory with beakers, vials, burners, and microscope. Young veterans of the war who have returned to be farmers are seen on their farms working. American farmer works in field with a tractor. Views of various church buildings and church spires in American towns and cities. American men,women and children in church and clergy at altar circa 1950.