Soldiers in trucks patrol the streets in South East Asia. Civilians walk on street. Explosion in the background. Young boys riding a bicycle fall on the ground. People run for shelter. Soldiers run on streets with rifles in hand. Civilian walks holding his two children. Soldier fires from behind a wall. Ambulance parked in front of a building. Man sits next to a dead relative. Wounded people carried on stretchers.
Manila Summit Conference to review the efforts for negotiations of a peaceful settlement of the Vietnam war, in South East Asia. An official speaks. View of U.S. White House. A U.S. plane in flight as President Johnson attends a seven nation Summit Conference to be held in Manila. View of Manila city. Miniature flags of South Korea, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralín Marcos officiates ceremony. Asian allies soldiers standing. South Korean troops disembark the landing craft to support American military action in Vietnam. U.S. combat troops and U.S. Army helicopters are in action. Asian allies troops move into action in Vietnam.
Lord Louis Mountbatten inspects the 51st Brigade of the 25th Indian Division XV corps in forward area of Buthidaung in Burma. British Lord Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia comes. He shakes hand with an officer. Mountbatten speaks with the enlisted men. Lieutenant General S A M Browning, Chief of General staff of South East Asia Command (SEAC) accompanies Mountbatten.
The plight of South East Asian refugees, with focus on role of international organizations in South East Asia. Vietnamese soldiers move into action in grassy field during Vietnam war. Ravages of war showing damaged homes and ruins. Trucks being driven and refugees carry their belongings.
The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
President Lyndon B Johnson gives a speech at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He talks about U.S. relations with South Vietnam, peace talks and proposes an aid program. He offers to hold diplomatic discussions to end the war in Vietnam. He states the need for an independent South Vietnam. The President calls upon South East Asia nations for a co-operative economic drive, and asks the United Nations and nations like the Soviet Union to join in. Men working with heavy machinery in a South East Asian industrial plant. Men construct a bridge in Vietnam. The crowd applauds the President's speech. People work on farms, in technical labs, and industries in Vietnam. President Johnson quotes from the Fifth Book of Moses.