British Lincoln bombers of 90 Squadron at an airbase in the United Kingdom, circa 1947. Hangar in the background. The bombers taxi.
Lewis Douglas sworn in as Ambassador in Washington. Lewis Douglas confers with President of the United States Harry S Truman at White House. Lewis sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom by the State Department Chief of Protocol,Stanley Woodward. Acting Secretary of States Dean Gooderham Acheson congratulates Douglas and hands over credentials. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom William Averell Harriman congratulates Douglas.
A golf course in Saint Andrews, Scotland. Marvin 'Bud' of United States hits the golf ball during the Walker cup match. People around watch and move. A man carries clubs in a bag. He moves with the player. United States beats Britain 8-4, winning the Walker cup.
Events after World War II. Harvesting in U.S. farms. Closeup view as a tractor plows fields. Men on horseback driving sheep. Woman serves a Thanksgiving turkey dinner to her family gathered at a nice dining room table in the United States. Her children look at the food with smiles. Contrasting scenes show Europeans starving amid post-war ruins. Women and children looking for food. A child in a soup line. Women wait in a line to receive grain that is weighed on a scale. Globe spins. Joseph Stalin and other Soviet officials watch a military parade in Red Square in Russia. Retrospective scenes of the meeting of Russian and U.S. troops at the Elbe River late in World War 2. Communist rally in Paris. A protester holds up a hammer and sickle symbol. A demonstration of protestors in Athens, Greece, and another Communist demonstration in Rome, Italy. Map depicts communist control growing over Central and Eastern Europe early in Cold War. High aerial view of Washington DC with a lower altitude airplane flying over the U.S. Capitol. Exterior view of State Department (Old Executive Office Building) in Washington DC. View of Secretary of State James F Byrnes working at his desk. Byrnes speaks of U.S. role in world affairs while at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Scenes from a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in 1947. Scenes changes to North Portico of White House. Swearing in ceremony of George C. Marshall as Secretary of State. President Harry S Truman shakes hands with Secretary George Marshall. Night view of London landmark buildings. View of door at No. 10 Downing Street in London. View of brutal winter conditions in Europe in February 1947. Citizens try to dig out a train stuck in snow. Women in line in Britain for a rationed good, still saddled with its own postwar reconstruction. Narrator relates that Britain was unable to continue to provide massive military and economic aid to the Greek regime and appealed to the U.S. to handle the situation. Secretary of State Marshall and President Truman seen talking together in front of a fireplace mantle. Marshall boards aircraft for a visit to Moscow. Truman in a White House meeting, seated at oval table with his advisors and cabinet. Truman addressing joint session of congress on March 12, 1947. He asks for funds for Greece and Turkey. Globe highlights USSR. Door sign reads 'Policy Planning Staff - George F Kennan - Director'. Director Kennan seen at his desk. He advocates a long term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies. Reconstruction in Europe. Ground level and aerial views of bomb destroyed European cities, and workers cleaning up rubble. Brief scene from the meeting of 16 nations in Paris on July 3, 1947. Scenes from United Nations meeting held in Lake Success New York in September 1947. George Marshall at podium addressing delegates of UN. Russian delegate Andrey Vyshinsky commenting on Marshall Plan. Signing of Marshall Plan agreement by international delegates meeting in Paris in September 1947.
Recap of Allied Forces preparations for invasion of Normandy (D-Day) during World War II. Ground troops receive orders in England prior to D-Day. Trucks loaded with troops head for English Channel. Equipment move along a road. Troops receive gas masks, life belt, cigarettes, candy, and French money in a marshaling area. Invasion units being briefed on field by officers. Troops and equipment start to move toward embarkation point from marshaling area. Tanks, trucks, and heavy equipment move out from marshaling areas. Equipment being loaded aboard LST (Landing Ship Tank) and LCI (Landing Ship Tank) on southern ports of England. Amphibious vehicles, tanks, half tracks being driven into LST. Infantry march on street heading for harbor. Troops board ships in harbor. Soldiers board landing crafts used for shuttle service to travel back and forth from ships anchored. Troops leave landing craft and board ships anchored off shore. Invasion fleet in harbor. From edited film produced in 1947.
Recap of events leading up to invasion of Normandy (D-Day) during World War II in England. Command departure point shows C-47 tow planes and gliders being readied on a runway at an airfield in England. Tow plane and glider pilots being briefed by an officer. U.S. Brigadier General James Gavin speaks to his paratroopers. Soldiers attend religious services. Supreme Commander of Allied Forces General Dwight Eisenhower talks with men of 6th Pathfinder Units, 101st Airborne Division, who will jump the night before D-day. Paratroopers march out of hangars. Paratroopers attach parapacks beneath a plane. Wings of plane painted with invasion stripes. Heavy equipment being loaded aboard a glider. Paratroopers put on their gear. Jumpmaster makes the final inspection. Paratroopers board planes. Gliders and planes take off. From edited film produced in 1947.