North Vietnamese documentary propaganda film. North Vietnamese gun boats firing in a river. North Vietnamese antiaircraft guns firing. Wreckage of downed U.S. Navy airplane. Captured U.S. pilot under guard by armed North Vietnamese sailor. Viet Cong firing machine guns at American aircraft. A transport plane hit by gunfire and burning in flight. Armed American soldiers running from a crashed helicopter. American MPs in a jeep pass a cyclist on city street. President Lyndon Baines Johnson; Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara; Secretary of State, Dean Rusk; U.S. Air Force General Curtis Lemay. Dean Rusk and Robert McNamara meeting with Vietnamese officials.Vietnamese man looking through periscopic binoculars. The North Vietnamese flag. Waterfront with factory on shore and Junks in the water. A manufacturing complex. Harvester in farm. Vietnamese school girls dancing in school yard. Vietnamese gun crew at an antiaircraft gun. Vietnamese Navy gun crew on deck of a gunboat. Vietcong preparing booby traps. Viet Cong escorting South Vietnamese prisoner. Vietnamese paratroops. Headlines of American newspapers saying U.S. officials urge raids against North Vietnam. Map showing U.S. attacks on Vietnam. Map highlights date 30th July 1964 and Tau Chien. U.S. aircraft carriers and task force underway at sea. Map highlights Hanoi and date 1st August 1964. Map highlights 2nd August 1964. Guns on ships fired by gun crew. Battleship underway at sea. Map highlights date 3rd August 1964. Map highlights Gulf of Tonkin and date 4th August 1964. Officials in a meeting. U.S. President Lyndon B Johnson speaks at mike. Men under a plane parked on airfield. U.S. carrier underway at sea. Map highlights date 5th August 1964. Aircraft takes off from carrier to attack North Vietnam. Vietcong fire on U.S. planes overhead. Machine guns fired. Men fire guns from North Vietnamese torpedo boat. Torpedo boats and American destroyers in fight.
United States planes and soldiers are rushed to Vietnam, responding to the Gulf of Tonkin crisis. U.S. Destroyer Maddox seen underway in the gulf of North Vietnam following reported skirmish with North Vietnamese torpedo boats (the "Maddox Incident.") Narrator indicates U.S. war planes from two carriers avenged the unwarranted Red communist assault with 64 sorties against North Vietnam. An airman boards a U.S. aircraft. Night view of the White House in Washington DC. President Lyndon Johnson addresses the American people in a midnight speech on August 4, 1964 describing U.S. actions in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Scenes of South Vietnamese women and children evacuees looking exhausted and scared beside nearby American helicopters. The President's speech continues, including, "We Americans know, although others appear to forget, the risks of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war." View of the United Nations building in New York and flags of various nations at the UN building. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson is seen making his report of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks to the UN Security Council and affirms U.S. position that it wants the people in Vietnam to be free of North Vietnamese intervention and agression. United States military advisors and U.S. Army soldiers board helicopters. A gunner aims at a target on the ground. Vietnamese troops accompany U.S. soldiers. South Vietnamese forces exit a helicopter and wade through water and rice paddies. U.S. soldiers advance in trucks with artillery. A Douglas TBD Devastator aircraft takes off armed with a torpedo. Another one lands at an airfield. A TBD plane, armed with a torpedo, taxis with wings folded. several TBD aircraft parked on a flight line. The President concludes his remarks referring to "firmness in the right" being indispensible for peace.
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.
South Vietnamese Army soldiers in anti-guerilla warfare training and ranger commando training during the Vietnam war. Soldiers crawling under razor wire and firing machine guns and artillery. Tanks firing rounds. A ship on the move. Water from dam flows into canals and then into the fields. South Vietnamese farmers work on fields. Vietnam shown on a map with an arrow. Narrator speaks to virtues of the South Vietnamese people fighting for freedom against communist forces.
From a U.S. Information Service film entitled "A Threat to the Peace", describing the South Vietnamese people and forces, and their efforts against the Vietcong forces from the north. An illustration of globe. Map of Vietnam and neighboring countries. Devastated bridges and canals in South Vietnam. South Vietnamese children at work rebuilding huts. Scene of market. A man with a basket full of coconuts. Farmers in a field working the soil by hand and with ox. A man plucks grapes and collects them in a basket. Women study in school. Girls in kitchen prepare food. A man sprays chemicals in fields with a sprayer to kill mosquitos and eradicate malaria. A man teaches a girl at home. Students at a research laboratory. Students see an experiment. A Viet Cong soldier walks in between huts. Spots of bullets. Devastated van and car.
Regarding the struggle of the South Vietnamese people against Vietcong forces during the Vietnam war. South Vietnamese people on Railway station in Vietnam. Scene of a sabotaged train after attack, derailed and on its side. Children study in school. Teacher teaches. Scientists experiment in a laboratory. A nun teaches in a school. A soldier pushes his gun out from among the shrubs and shoots. Nuns in service of injured people. Scene of graveyard. Doctor checks patient. Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem on visit of a hospital. He sees injured patients. Guerrillas stand after surrender. Guns, rifles and grenades on display. Children play in a school. Honoring the dead by presenting a garland on their casket. South Vietnamese soldiers salute dead.