King Farouk of Egypt visits USS Quincy (CA-71) underway in Great Bitter Lake, Suez Canal, Egypt to meet U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt following the Yalta Conference during World War II. U.S. Honor Guards of marines and sailors await arrival of King Farouk. King Farouk boards ship's ladder followed by U.S. Admiral William Leahy. Both walk on deck and greet U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and daughter Anna Boettiger. President Roosevelt and King Farouk seated on deck of ship hold a conversation.
King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia and Royal party enroute from Jidda, on the U.S. Destroyer Murphy (DD 603). The Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal. King Faisal with U.S. interpreter, Colonel William Alfred "Bill" Eddy, a U.S. marine officer,sipping tea or coffee with the king. Arab dignitaries seated on the deck. Carpets are seen spread on the ships deck for the king to walk upon. Live sheep are penned up in box on deck, as provisions for the King and Royal party. Views of the American Cruiser, USS Quincy , as the Murphy approaches. Guns on the deck. A flag of the United States. King Saud and his party descend a gangplank to the deck of the Quincy, while a band plays and sailors and officers salute. The Quincy then proceeds towards Alexandria, Egypt. Sandy banks of Suez Canal.
U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt and other officials at a conference in Alexandria, Egypt. On February 12th Roosevelt flies to Egypt with an escort of fighter planes and lands at an airport. The President's daughter, Mrs Boettiger (Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall Boettiger) steps off the plane, first. Insignia of the United States. President Roosevelt leaves by car for Great Bitter Lake on the Suez canal to board the warship which awaits him. The sailors salute King Farouk of Egypt when he visits Franklin D Roosevelt on the warship. Roosevelt and the King and his officials take lunch on the ship. The flag of the United States. Roosevelt and King Farouk seated. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrives and greets Roosevelt and his daughter. The President and the Emperor sit and talk. Next day another warship arrives. King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, his sons and entourage. The King is escorted aboard to meet U.S. President and other officials. The sailors salute. Arab chieftains accompanying him seated on the deck. The King's four sons sit with Roosevelt. Colonel William A Eddy a retired Marine officer U.S. minister to Saudi Arabia acts as interpreter. King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia returns to his ship and leaves. Roosevelt leaves for Alexandria. At Alexandria British Prime Minister Churchill and his daughter join Roosevelt on the ship for further talk. As he came aboard he is greeted by Admiral William D. Leahy. Mr Harry Hopkins already on ship. Edward Stettinius U.S. Secretary of State gets off and joins them, then ambassador Winant joined they are greeted. Officials pose for a photograph.
Film opens with aerial views of City of Suez and environs during the invasion of Egypt by Israel, Britain, and France, to seize control of the Suez Canal and overthrow Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, in 1956. At TC:00:24 is an aerial view of two ships scuttled by the Egyptians in Port Said at the entrance to the Suez Canal. Many ships are seen in Port Said, itself, including a large British landing craft (L9006). Glimpse of British sailors on the landing craft with Union Jack waving above them. Formations of British soldiers, wearing Balmoral bonnet headgear, marching inland from the port. Area of the port covered with artillery pieces and war materiel being loaded into trucks. Closeup of British soldiers loading shells and ammunition into trucks. Egyptian men mingling on the streets of Port Said. A British soldier and an officer are seen amongst them. Low altitude aerial view of the Suez Canal. View of ships at entrance of the Canal in Port Said (with the scuttled ship blockade behind them) . A British Dido Class light cruiser is seen with the ships.
Major events of 1956. Ships underway in Suez Canal, Egypt. President, Abdul Nasser announces the seizure of the canal. Soldiers move up in Egypt and dead Egyptian soldiers as a result of Anglo French attack. Anglo French planes bomb the canal area. Airborne troops land in the canal area. Debris due to aerial bombings spread on the street. Matter discussed at the United Nations meeting leading to a cease fire in the area. The Secretary General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold arrives in Egypt for negotiations. The United Nations Emergency Police forces enter a city in Egypt. People give a warm welcome to the forces.
What appears to be a military encampment on shore of Suez Canal, in Egypt. Railroad train behind the camp. Large homes in a neighborhood. Water tower. Playground. Egyptian women and children at canal edge, watching as ship passes.