French troops prepare for defense in Vietnam. French paratroopers trained in American planes and methods, train for future action in Indo-China. Low- flying American-made planes drop napalm bombs, score a major victory over the communists near Hanoi. Soldiers help the civilians after the bombarding and destruction in Saigon. Destroyed vehicles on street.
High Commissioner and Commander in Chief, French Army General,Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, arrives in Indochina on a DC-3 airplane. He is greeted by the high ranking military and political leaders in the country. He reviews contingents of French military forces, meets and greets, seemingly countless, military officers, and many Vietnamese Government officials in white suits. Later, in 1952, French General Henri Navarre arrives by DC-4 aircraft (to replace General de Lattre de Tassigny, who died of cancer). He is greeted by French officers and officials.
Training program aboard USS Gloucester (PF-22) in Saigon, French IndoChina. Trainees getting checked out on 40mm gun. Trainees firing 40mm gun. Trainees on 3" /50 caliber gun. Sea in the background.
Arrival of General MacDonald in Saigon,French Indochina during First Indochina War. British,French and Vietnamese flags flutter in wind from flag pole. British General Commissioner for Northeast Asia ,Sir Malcolm MacDonald disembarks aircraft and arrives at Saigon from Doilat. French Army General, Jean De Lattre de Tassigny receives and greets Sir MacDonald. General Tassigny,Sir Donald and their staffs review troops. The Generals hand shakes with officers. They inspect installations and tank units. Sir MacDonald stands at attention as General Tassigny salutes at the British,French and Vietnamese flags at the airfield.
Arrival of General Tassigny in French Indochina during First Indochina War. Large crowd of civilians gather. French Army General,Jean de Lattre de Tassigny arrives from Saigon. Staff officers and Vietnamese officials welcome and receive General. Vietnamese girl presents bouquet to the General.
General Henri Navarre, French High Commissioner and Commander in Chief of Indochina, plots tactics with his staff during the French-Indochina war. He studies a map. French paratroops stand in a field with their gear ready. A Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft (French Amiot AAC 1 Toucan) is seen behind them. General Navarre looks through binoculars. Other officers behind him. General Navarre and his staff discuss tactics as they look at a map posted on a display tripod. He emphasizes and points with a cane on the ground as he discusses tactics with his staff. French officers talk near a communications center in the field. A French officer looks at a map on a table.