French military operations in Tonkin,French Indochina during First Indochina War. Soldiers walk past bomb damaged stone buildings. Trees in the background. Local woman fans two crying children. Local laborers fill in drainage creek with shovels.
Arrival of General MacDonald in Saigon,French Indochina during First Indochina War. British,French and Vietnamese flags flutter in wind from flag pole. British General Commissioner for Northeast Asia ,Sir Malcolm MacDonald disembarks aircraft and arrives at Saigon from Doilat. French Army General, Jean De Lattre de Tassigny receives and greets Sir MacDonald. General Tassigny,Sir Donald and their staffs review troops. The Generals hand shakes with officers. They inspect installations and tank units. Sir MacDonald stands at attention as General Tassigny salutes at the British,French and Vietnamese flags at the airfield.
Arrival of General Tassigny in French Indochina during First Indochina War. Large crowd of civilians gather. French Army General,Jean de Lattre de Tassigny arrives from Saigon. Staff officers and Vietnamese officials welcome and receive General. Vietnamese girl presents bouquet to the General.
Viet Minh prisoners are convoyed in French Indochina during First Indochina War. Church building. Group of Viet Minh prisoners from the 308th Brigade captured at post of Yen Cu Ha are being convoyed toward the battlefield and herded into enclosures. Their arms being tied behind their backs. Dead soldier on ground. View of small native village. Soldiers holding pistol and machine gun walk past bomb damaged buildings. They step over bodies of dead Viet Minh defenders.
French troops repel the communists from Indochina during the Indochina War. Paratroopers drop in the Indochina Delta. They wade through water. The paratroopers fire guns. French troops advance under Vietminh fire. Machine-guns are fired. Dead soldiers on the ground. The place where the son of French Commander in Chief, Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny was killed. Vietnamese run looking scared. The French point guns at them. French troops raise the French flag. They return to a fort in trucks.
French military and government officials at a ceremony in Indochina on the ground of a Buddhist temple. The group gathered together in an outdoor courtyard with a giant black cauldron or pot with steam coming from it. Shift to an indoor setting where a French official addresses the audience gathered from a lectern on a stage. Shift to an outdoor scene with a large group of monks entering a Buddhist temple by ascending the stairs in front. An arch bridge over a river. Cars on a road in Indochina. A steam locomotive pulling rail cars through a pass. An aquaduct in Indochina and a series of canals funneling water to rice fields, and a view of a farmer plowing on a wet field with the help of oxen. Views of the Pasteur Institute ("Institut Pasteur" over the doorway) in Indochina. Scientists in white lab coats working in the Institute with microscopes. Glass sample jars labeled "Cholera" being packed into boxes.