Division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam as Indochina war ends up in Vietnam. Aerial view of cratered battle ground, with smoke rising, at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, in March, 1954. A French A-26 Invader aircraft flying above some clouds and pilot in cockpit using radio. French paratroops, dropping from C-47 aircraft, and landing, to reinforce troops dug in at Dien Bien Phu. French artillery firing and rounds exploding in the distance. French troops moving through brush, and carrying wounded back out. Citizens on streets of Hanoi, North Vietnam, scrounging for scraps to eat. An old woman hunkered down in a doorway. A mother with a young boy. French troops crossing a bridge as they surrender following the siege at Dien Bien Phu. North Vietnamese troops entering Hanoi. Delegates at the Geneva conference of 1954, in the Palais des Nations, including representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China, among others. Closeup of Soviet delegation, with Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, second from left. View of the North Vietnamese delegation, and delegate Ta Quang Buu, Vice Minister of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and Head of their Military Delegation, signing the accords. Closeup of one treaty page, with his signature, as Minister of Defense, and that of Henri, Deltiel, Brigadier General, who signed for the Commander in Chief of all French Forces in Indochina. OUtdoors. After the conference, Soviet Foreign Minister, Molotov shakes hands with Chou En-lai, Chinese Foreign Minister. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, wearing a hat, is standing behind Molotov. A long line of refugees fleeing to the South, from North Vietnam. A 1954 map showing the division of North and South Vietnam at the 19th parallel. Mist settled among mountain tops. South Vietnamese people engaged in agricultural pursuits and building new dwellings. South Vietnamese placing ballots in boxes during elections. Brief glimpse of the glamorous Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, defacto First Lady of South Vietnam, dressed in ao dai and wearing dark glasses, as she leaves a polling place. Farmers dressed in traditional conical hats (non la) working in grain fields, and reaping and carrying cut grain on poles in the South. Beautiful view of fishermen and boats silhouetted against sky, with tall limestone islands in background, at Ha Long Bay, North Vietnam (incorrectly implying it shows South Vietnamese in peaceful pursuits). South Vietnamese at work building structures with concrete blocks. A car with bullet holes in the windshield, draws attention on busy street in South Vietnam. Closeup of murdered man inside on floor of car. Scenes of vandalism at a house. Viet Minh guerillas moving through jungles and setting fires to straw roofed houses. Remains of a destroyed dwelling. Bodies of South Vietnamese killed, according to the narrator, by "Viet Cong pursuasion squads." A framed picture of Ho Chi Minh, over a North Vietnamese star flag.
CH-21 helicopter, loaded with Montagnard refugee women and children, touches down in South Vietnam. The chopper, flown by Lieutenant Hel, belongs to the 8th Transportation Company, Camp Goldberg, Qui Nhon, South Vietnam. The refugees are helped into the back of an open military truck.
A U.S. Army advisor holding an M2 carbine with enlarged 30-round magazine, as he trains South Vietnamese soldiers, seated nearby. Closeup of several American advisers, all displaying parachutist badges on their caps. An advisor going over a map with a South Vietnamese soldier, in the field. View of ARVN (Army of Republic of Vietnam) soldiers slogging through jungles, carrying weapons and gear. ARVN troops firing weapons as they cross field of tall grass. A Viet cong (VC) in black outfit with white conical hat, seen running. Troops running under heavy small arms fire. ARVN escorting captured VC, under guard. They have their arms tied back. Vietnamese tribesmen who were impressed into VC service, are seen, momentarily, seated on the ground. A medical clinic staffed by U.S medical personnel is seen treating local citizens, who form a line waiting to be seen.
Provincial Headquarters buildings in Darlac, Vietnam during Vietnam War. Provincial Headquarters Buildings at Darlac. South Vietnamese guard on duty.
U.S. Air Force airplanes and helicopters fly over Vietnam during the Vietnam War. U.S. Air Force L-19/O-1 Bird Dog observation airplanes and UH-34D Sikorsky helicopters in flight. Aerial view of an O-1 Bird Dog aircraft in flight over a target area. South Vietnamese troops move on the ground.
Aerial view of many helicopters parked on rain soaked ground at an air base in South Vietnam. American army officers (military advisers to South Vietnam) hold conversations while standing near a UH-1 Huey helicopter. Next, a group of ARVN (Army of Republic of Vietnam) troops boarding a U.S. Piasecki-H21 helicopter and a Sikorsky H-34. Armed ARVN troops are seated inside, on the floor of a helicopter. Aerial view from above, of UH-1 choppers flying low across the terrain near a coastline. View from helicopter flyiing low along a river. Closeup of a Piasecki-H21 flying past the camera. South Vietnamese soldier looking out the window of a chopper. ARVN exit a hovering helicopter into shallow water and slog towards their objective. View of jungle from helicopter in flight. U.S. officers confer as a wounded American adviser is carried, on a stretcher, from the jungle to a waiting UH-1 helicopter, for evacuation. He is placed in the medivac chopper next to a wounded ARVN soldier. Closeup of Two South Vietnamese navy officers standing on a boat. One points to a South Vietnamese river gunboat firing at the opposite shore. Gun are seen firing from another gunboat. ARVN troops charge the shore in an amphibious training exercise. They enter sandy areas and employ shrubbery as camouflage. View over shoulder of one firing his rifle. Views of ARVN troops firing weapons as they advance in jungles and firing a mortar. Closeup of a wounded South Vietnamese soldiers being tendedon a stretchers . Vietnamese women and girls dressed in ao dai waiting anxiously. A soldier burning incense and praying for a fallen comrade.