U.S. Servicemen deploying to the United Kingdom watch an orientation film contrasting U.S. and British sports. U.S. teams play football. Americans gather in the stadium and they cheer and applaud. American football teams seen playing. Cheerleaders lead crowd in cheers. In contrast, scenes of British sports are show, including: Steeplechase horse racing; Cricket; Rugby; and Soccer (football). Scene of British football Captain Joe Harvey, of team Newcastle, receiving the FA Cup from Sir Winston Churchill after their 1952 victory. Clip ends with scenes of homes and shops in a quiet village in Britain.
Clip opens with 8 October, 1952 scenes from the aftermath of the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash in England, where the collision of a Scottish Express train and a commuter train, followed by another express train, killed 200 people outside of London, England. Destroyed British trains on the track. Rescue operations carried out. Injured carried away for medical help on litters. Scene changes to coast of England in early January 1952, as the United States freighter ship Flying Enterprise (formerly the SS Cape Kumukaki) founders to one side while underway in rough seas. The ship had battled to stay afloat for 8 days following structural damage and then shifting cargo. Captain of the ship Kurt Carlsen is honored at a ceremony for putting up a brave fight for eight days trying to get the ship to port across the rough sea.
Major events of the year 1952. King George VI dies in London, England on February 6, 1952 as the British public mourns his death. The flag at half mast. Woman crying over death of King George VI. Elizabeth II becomes the Queen and salutes the Royal Guards lined up at a ceremony. British soldiers fight in the streets of Egypt over the issue of Suez Canal. Dead bodies lined up on the street. King Farouk I of Egypt with his wife and children after being sent to exile as a result of a revolution. Workers at Anglo-Iranian oil refineries in Iran after the government's decision to nationalize them causing a great set back to British interests. Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddeq arrives at the International Court in Hague for the settlement of the issue.
Representative of United Kingdom answers a question by a Soviet representative at United Nations Security Council meeting in New York,United States. He states that the aim of the Security Council is solemn judgment.
King George VI passes away in the United Kingdom. People gather in a large number at a railroad station in London. A funeral train bearing the body of King George VI pulls in at the station. People mourn. Casket bearing the body is taken out of the train. Pallbearers carry the casket. Exterior of Westminster Hall. A large crowd gathers along the sides of a street. The casket is placed in Westminster Hall. A crowd queues up to pay homage.
United Nations military action preserves democracy in South Korea and from attack of Communist North Korea. United States troops in Tokyo advance to Korea. Troops march while General salutes. Soldiers uncover U.S. B-29 aircraft and navy crafts unloaded from boxes. First U.S. Marine Division sailors and soldiers work at shipyard. They unload explosives and supply. Canadian destroyers leave British Columbia for Korea. Women and children wave form dock. Destroyers underway in sea. Soldier writes on paper. Men take oath. U.S. President Harry S Truman speaks at Reserve Officers Association meeting that the only reason for this action is to accept the UN demand to protect peace in world. He leaves and shakes hands with officers. At Security Council meeting of the UN, the President of Council invites Korean Ambassador to join table. Ambassador Chang comes and sits. The United Kingdom representative presents resolution which is passed by 7 to none voting. The U.S. accepts to resume action in Korea. The Korean ambassador expresses gratitude.