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.
Film scenes span from early 1940s through mid 1960s. 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 with a crowd of men beating another man. Armed Republic of South Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) moving through jungle in Vietnam. A Viet Cong shot as ARVN troops attack a hut. People fleeing in streets of Cuba as government soldiers engage armed revolutionaries under Castro. A civilian woman suffering a seizure as Red Cross workers attempt to carry her. Burned body of dead tank crew soldier atop a tank. Medical corps persons moving wounded on a stretcher. Various views of ARVN with captured Viet Cong in Vietnam. Narrator discussion about 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 during World War 2, jumping from Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport planes. Closeup of German soldiers leaping from 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, victims of Nazi German brutality in Europe during World War II. Survivors of a Nazi concentration camp near the time of its liberation in 1945. 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 with hands bound, in an unidentified Asian 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 traumatized civilian driver wounded and a female passenger killed in in his car (appears to be in Cuba or Latin America). Armed gunmen have the man leave the car. A man lays the body of the woman beside the car. Scene shifts to a group of surrendered Vietcong fighters with their weapons stacked. Wounded combatants being carried on stretchers. American survivors of a Japanese prison camp receiving a good meal after being rescued - this is possibly in the Philippines in 1945. Many of the American prisoners are gaunt and emaciated and malnourished. Narrator recites list of activities prohibited by Geneva conventions, as images show these activities: A ditch filled with victims of massacre. Hostages being taken in an internal conflict in an African country. Prisoners being beaten by non-uniformed civilians in and humiliated in public. A recently liberated prison with a former prisoner in striped uniform beating a man as a group is marched away (likely a World War 2 concentration camp with a liberated prisoner beating a former Nazi guard). Death sentences being rendered without due process. A court in Cuba. A boy pointing at a lineup of prisoners. A prisoner shot.
A film titled 'Saigon Target Zero' on the 1968 Tet Offensive on Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Information about the role of Army of the Republic of Vietnam ( ARVN ) psychological warfare teams in defeating Viet Cong forces. Street scenes in Saigon in preparation for Tet. People on the streets. Buildings in an area. Tet is considered as sacred time of the year. People in a market. They pray in a church. Vietcong troops attack Saigon. Smoke rises from bombardment and firing. Burning buildings in the city. Heavy columns of smoke rise up from the burning buildings. People flee from the city. The U.S. Army and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) in action. Soldiers aboard military vehicles moving on a street. Soldiers with rifles walk along the streets and fire. The soldiers fire rifles. Smoke rises from the firing. Damaged buildings along street sides. Prisoners being taken by the troops.
Vietnamese government faces Vietnam war on two fronts from Buddhist majority and Viet Cong communists. The war is joined by a large number of students who take to the streets. The capital Saigon tuned into an armed camp. Barricades on roads as the army keeps a vigil among the public. A military tank in the city. A mass meeting called by President Diem's regime on the roads of Saigon. Numerous students and supporters gathered in the streets. Banners and posters in support of President Diem. The President makes a rare and brief appearance at the meeting. He inspects the Honor Guard. Madam Nhu and her husband, head of the secret police seen standing with children. Madam Nhu gives marathon interviews stating her views against the United States and President John F Kennedy. Ton That Dinh, Military Governer of Saigon at a press conference blaming foreign interventionists for the riots in Vietnam. Henry Cabot Lodge takes over as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. Ambassador gives a statement to the media. He demands the ousting of President Diem's brother Nhu in order to continue American aid to Vietnam. U.S. soldiers known as advisors stand beside a U.S. Army helicopter as they plan their strategy. U.S. Army helicopters in a marshy swamp. Soldiers board the helicopters as they take off. The helicopters with U.S. and South Vietnam troops approach the Ca Mau Peninsula. A view of the village taken over by the Viet Cong Red Guerilla Band. Damaged houses near the water body. A helicopter down in a rice paddy. U.S. soldiers run to the safety of other helicopters as Communist Vietcong snipers begin shooting. U.S. soldiers take cover behind the crashed helicopter. An American soldier running to safety in the water. A village set on fire by North Vietnamese Communists in the Mekong Delta. View of wiped out villages.
Proper treatment of prisoners of war being shown. Demonstration of Viet Cong being apprehended but treated humanely, during the Vietnam War. Local Vietnamese civilians receiving attention from U.S. and Republic of Vietnam military medical personnel. North Vietnamese propaganda posters illustrating ostensible mistreatment by American and Republic. Newspaper headline reporting murder of captured U.S. soldier by Viet Cong, in Vietnam. Views of various cruel and unusual weapons and traps employed by the Viet Cong. Republic of Vietnam soldiers (ARVN) boarding an American helicopter. Examples of permissable combat while adversary continues to fight : A flight of three B-26 bombers dropping bombs and a single plane dropping napalm. Battery of U.S. M114 155 mm howitzers firing shells. U.S. soldiers firing mortars and machine guns. Glimpse of delegates meeting for Third Geneva Convention at Palace of Nations, in 1949. ARVN troops helping Vietnamese farmers harvest grain..
Sailors aboard USS Gloucester (PF-22) during a training program in Saigon, Vietnam. Saigon harbor- various ships at river. Sailors aboard USS Gloucester (PF-22) and they stand beside railings as it moves towards Saigon. Sailors sitting at sidewalk tables at Majestic Hotel, Saigon. Three sailors sitting at table.