Film opens showing devastated snow-covered remains of Peterhof Palace and its fountains, in Leningrad, after the Russians ended the siege of that city in January, 1944 of World War II. The next scenes show crowds gathered on 25 August, 1946, to celebrate the newly restored fountains, which are seen spraying water again. (Narrator notes that Russians now call the place Petrodvorets, meaning Peter's Palace.) An official speaks, at the ceremony, about the architecture of Petrodvorets and its cultural masterpieces still to be restored. Glimpse of statuary and array of fountains. Closeup of several young women holding flowers. Another shot of the fountains spraying along both sides of a central pond, with spectators crowded along the extreme sides near lines of trees.
Brief view of Josef Stalin and Mikhail Kalinin with Molotov and other revolutionaries observing Russian military parade, about 1925. Tanks roll on to the streets and heavy guns are also displayed at the parade. A completely separate scene, from 1946, shows Soviet Premier, Joseph Stalin and dignitaries strolling into the lobby of the Bolshoi theater, where Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin pose for photographs.
Citizens walk along the streets in Tokyo, Japan on New Year Day of 1946. Japanese women dressed in kimonos walk along a sidewalk. Japanese women and children walking along the streets.
Two handmade 1946 model Ford cars during their test drive on roads in Detroit, Michigan. Four and two door models of the Ford car during their exhibition run. Narrator describes the new Ford cars and speaks to how Ford had not forgotten cars for American consumers after retooling for war production.
Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star serial 44-84995 parked at an Wright Field, Dayton OH. Side and nose views of the aircraft. Part of a USAF transport aircraft hanging out the back of a hangar in the background. The pilot, MAJ Donald S. Gentile, smiles for the camera. Pilot gets ready to board the airplane.
Postwar scenes in Moscow, Russia, after end of World War II. The population including civilians and soldiers mingle and enjoy peacetime activities. A young Soviet soldier walks with a young woman who carries a large bouquet of flowers. People stroll leisurely along the sidewalks. A motorist in a convertible coupe automobile, parked on Red Square, paints a picture of Saint Basil's Cathedral, which is seen clearly in background. Trams pass behind him. View of huge storage tanks.Bricklayers at work on top level of a building. Numerous government buildings. View of Moscow State University building from 1793 on Manezhnaya ploshchad (Square). Students emerging from the University.