German invasion of Russia during World War II. A map showing German invasion path in Russia until defeat at siege of Stalingrad. A map showing Soviet postwar expansion into Eastern Poland, East Prussia, portions of Finland and other areas. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are incorporated as Republics into the Soviet Union. Russian zones of occupation in Germany, Austria and North Korea. Map depicts an "Iron Curtain" encompassing the Soviet postwar territories. Soviet troops and tanks occupying countries. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns traveling along a city street. Crowds cheering in a stadium in Soviet East Germany. President Wilhelm Pieck of the German Democratic Republic is among people seen applauding in the stands. . Soviet cargo ships in a harbor operating under trade agreements. Chinese Communist forces moving with guns and artillery and tanks to expel Chiang Kai-Shek and Chinese Nationalists from mainland China, in 1949. Chinese refugees including a casualty and a child holding a bag.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.
United States Senator Brien McMahon, chairman of the Joint Commission on Atomic Energy, addressing the nation in the United States. Senator McMahon standing at the microphones speaks about the first atomic bomb test conducted by Soviet Russia (called RDS-1, First Lightning, or Joe 1) on August 29, 1949. The Senator talks about the President's announcement that the Soviet Union has exploded its first atomic bomb. He speaks about the atomic energy project and the necessity for U.S. President Truman to talk to the Russians. He says that the whole world has to be alerted about the atomic bomb explosion and interference of the United Nations is necessary in the matter.
The Moscow summit between the U.S. and USSR in Moscow, Russia. Pictures depict the tribes and people of America. People pack the pictures in a box for the visit of the Soviet Union people. Some pictures of the Russian art. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev visits the United States. People on the street to receive him. The U.S. Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz and his wife visit Russia. People greet them. Gorbachev and the U.S. president Ronald Reagan at a summit in Washington DC. Americans at the summit. Animation depicts the merging of cultures between the two nations and the exchange of magazines. American rock star Billy Joel and his group perform in the Soviet Union on New Year's eve. Cultural exchange between the two countries includes a piano performance of Horowitz in Moscow and a ballet performance in the United States by the Bolshoi Ballet. An exchange program at school level. Soviet children at an American outdoors ropes and climbing activity during an exchange program. The talks held to discuss vital issues in New York. People sit in an amphitheater with officials at a Chautaqua Talk in 1987. The people of the Soviet Union watch an "Information USA" touring exhibit in the Soviet Union that presents American culture. A young Russian boy speaks about his interest in American culture. People watch a science exhibition. Astronauts of the USA and Soviet Union in a spacecraft. Collaboration of the two nations to protect the ozone layer. Officials of the two nations sign an agreement relating to the nuclear power plants. George Shultz, the U.S. secretary of State, inaugurates a system that communicates nuclear dangers. A woman in the communication room. Food grain supplied to the Soviets. Soviet Union tanks and soldiers in Afghanistan. Soldiers walk on a street. American journalist Nicholas Daniel disembarks a plane after his release. The view of the American Embassy. Mikhail Gorbachev with U.S. President Ronald Reaga
Views of St.Stephen's Cathedral, Budapest, Hungary. Cardinal Mindszenty and retinue enter St. Stephen's Cathedral. Dark interior of cathedral. Cardinal Mindszenty and priests leaving cathedral. Cardinal in procession during festival. The crowd is blessed in Blessing ceremony. Several graves in woods, marked with wooden crosses. Hungarian Communist Leader Mathius Rakosi speaks. Photograph of Cardinal during his trial in Hungary. Comparison of Cardinal Mindszenty's signatures made in 1947 with that ostensibly signed to his confession in 1949. Massed American flags carried by members of the American Legion, in May Day loyalty Parade passing Central Park, in New York City. Small parade of Communists Sympathizers in New York. People carry banners reading: "Against KKK; Against War Bases in Africa; Against Universal Military Training; The Soviet Union Wants Peace; Return to Roosevelt's Peace Policy." One man carrys sign reading: "Hail the State of Israel." Roman Catholic Priests lead 'Procession of protests' against Russia,. at New York Polo grounds
The Kremlin viewed from Borodinsky bridge over Moskva (Moscow) River, in May, 1949. Cathedral Square can be seen to the right (East) dominated by the tall Ivan, the Great, Bell tower. The Metropolitan Hotel viewed from across a square. Buses moving on the streets. Camera pans across members attending meeting of a USSR legislature (Duma), focusing on the wide variety of ethnicities and cultures represented by the persons and dress of the delegates. A speaker delivers a dramatic poetic speech and is applauded. Huge illuminated images of Lenin and Stalin flank the backdrop of the stage and podium. The film ends with the Chairman of the Gosduma, rising and applauding, quickly accompanied by others on the stage and then, by those seated in the hall.