Communist-backed North Korea at war with South Korea. Views of U.S. Navy warships firing on North Korean targets, U.S. Army tanks moving through a city in Korea, and U.S. soldiers scrambling in a fire fight. A U.S. Army chaplain hugs a dying American soldier and pats his face. The chaplain closely prays over the dying soldier. A U.S. Army officer lifts a shocked Korean child into a truck. Young Korean children, possibly orphans, eating food at a table. Korean civilians including women and children fleeing the war. UN council in a meeting regarding the Korean War. Soldiers from multiple nations mobilizing for the effort in Korea. View of Kremlin in Soviet Union. Scene of Stalin dead, lying in state surrounded by flowers around his casket. Other Soviet political leaders look on. Citizens pass by site where Stalin is memorialized. East German leader Walter Ulbricht speaking at a podium. Laborers in East Germany struggling as they work longer hours for less pay. Workers construct buildings. East German construction workers sitting idle on the scaffolds of a building under construction as they begin their strike in June 1953, initiating the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany.
Soviet military forces in massed formations at Red Square, in Moscow, Russia. Joseph Stalin stands on balcony above. Scenes of rebellion in Europe and Asia. A map of Korea. June 25, 1950, war broke out between North and South Korea. Buildings burning. Refugees fleeing. View of United Nations building on East River in New York City, where American ambassador Warren Austin is speaking. View of the Capitol in Washington, DC. President Truman, speaking, committed U.S. forces to action. U.S. Reservists are recalled to active duty to fight in Korea. Some are seen getting off a bus at a military base reception center. Recalled reservists with full field gear, starting their journey overseas, and later seen in Korea. U.S. tanks moving over the road manned by soldiers with World War Two experience. Numerous scenes of heavy artillery firing, mostly at night. U.S. regular Army, National Guard, and Army reserve soldiers engaged in fire fights using tanks, artillery, mortars, and rifles. Soldiers adminster first air and assist wounded comrades. American troops slogging through rain and snow in Korea. Soldiers eating from mess kits, and reading the Stars and Stripes newspaper, during a lull in combat.
North Korean officers arriving, in snow, for armistice talks. Following the truce, American soldiers are seen packed up and heading home from Korea.
Focuses on Korean War (1950-1953). A sign on tree reads '8 Ball Express Built 1492 Rebuilt 1950'. U.S. army vehicles pass on pontoon bridge built across Naktong tributary. Sign on bridge reads 'Cross By Courtesy of C Co 8th ENGR C BN'. South Korean laborers wade through river. They are employed to construct bridge. Heavy construction equipment, bulldozers and cranes at construction site.
Focuses on Korean War (1950-1953). HMS Unicorn arrives into Pusan harbor. U.S. troops give salute to British troops on deck of HMS Unicorn. Crowd awaits arrival of British troops. British officer greeted by South Korean officer. British troops march along dock. British troops arrive in battleship. Guns mounted on ship. British troops followed by pipe band disembark from ship. British officers presented with bouquet.
United Nations military action preserves democracy in South Korea and from attack of Communist North Korea. Map shows division of Korea and capital of North and South Korea as Pyongyang and Seoul. Animated arrows shows attack of North Korea to South Korea. Troops of Republican Army advance. Soldiers fire from trenches and hills. Soldier looks through binocular. Fire and smoke clouds rise. Soldiers raise flags at the United Nations office. Korean ambassador Chang at Emergency meeting of Security Council at the UN. Secretary of UN, Trygve Lie states this situation as threat to world peace and call for acceptance for the U.S. demand to reestablish peace. All 9 members present raise their hands in acceptance. Women carry small child, and refugees in South Korea. Men help old woman to walk. Two Korean refugee children stand, one child eats bread. Empty seat of representative of Socialist Soviet. U.S. delegate asks to assist South Korea and repel arm attack. 7 out of 8 representatives raise their hands in acceptance.
Events after World War II. Refugees flee East Germany. Map of Korea. Temporary boundary of 38th parallel in Korea. Formation of Republic of Korea. U.S. troops evacuate Korea. Troops leave by train. North Koreans attack South Korea. Civilian refugees flee. Delegates in the UN assembly. General MacArthur holds UN battle flag. U.S. troops land at Pusan to aid South Korea. U.S. troops fight North Koreans. U.S. and Canadian troops entrain for overseas service. British naval units and Swedish nurses leave for Korea. Turkish, Netherlands, and Australian troops arrive in Korea and are greeted by Korean civilians. Delegates in the UN assembly. Globe spins with flags of different nations. (Korean War)