Farewell review for general Arthur G. Trudeau in Weisbaden, Germany. Officers trooping line and passing colors at the ceremony. Officers to be decorated. General Trudeau and Colonel John L. Ryan move forward and halt on the field. An officer reads citations and hands medals to Fred Coggles, Belgian consul General. General John H. Collier stands along side General Trudeau and Colonel Ryan. Coggles places the order of Leopold II around the neck of General Trudeau and presents Colonel Ryan with the medallion. General Collier announces that he is going to present a letter of commendation to General Trudeau from Major General Issac D. White. General Collier presents the letter to General Trudeau.
German children gather at a park in Weisbaden, Germany soon after the end of World War I. Two kids performing a dance in front of the other children and the men and women present there. Children applaud. Women give hot chocolate to the children. Young boys and girls in war torn Germany enjoy the entertainment and hot drink.
During post World War II reconstruction years of early 1950s in Germany. German police officer stands on a square in Berlin, Germany. A man with a briefcase asks directions from him. Pedestrians pass by. Another police officer gives direction to the traffic. Traffic passes by on a busy road. German gasoline station or petrol station in background with sign "Tank" and sign "Gasolin". Cars, buses and a horse driven cart pass by.
Large group of German children seated and watch an old-fashioned dance exhibition by two young girls (one dressed as a boy) in historic costumes. The children spectators sway to the music as they watch. Women give out hot chocolate and buns to the children. Parents and families of the children are seen in background. A very young German girl with a bow in her hair reaches high to receive her hot chocolate mug and poses for the camera with a sibling or friend.
During 1961 in build up to Berlin Crisis: Barbed wire on border seen from West Berlin side (initial Berlin Wall). Russian soldier uses binoculars to watch an approaching jeep. Jeep stops because of barrier. Sign shows 'Achtung 500m Schutzstreifen'. Men carry a box through woods fleeing or escaping into West Germany before the border was fully closed. A man with his bicycle passing over a narrow path into West Germany, as another man passes over on foot. People in a canoe approaching a west German bank of the river or lake as they flee from east Germany. A street bus approaches and parks near an intersection with street sign for "Marienfelder Allee." Men, women, and children refugees with their suitcases on a street as they gather near a refugee processing center, before heading into West Germany. A bulldog tied. A mother feeds her baby. Young refugees on streets, refugees board bus. A map show allocation of German parts to France, United States, England and Soviet Union. Traffic on road in Berlin, with view of the bombed (from World War 2) Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, in the background. Many German civilian pedestrians walking on streets in busy West Berlin. 1950's and 1960's cars and trucks on busy Berlin streets. People in outdoor cafe restaurant. Telefunken building is seen.
Civilians and the government officials work towards strengthening economy after Great Depression. Scenes from the Great Depression: Idle factories and signs "No men wanted." Homeless and unemployed men sleep on benches and holes are shown in the shoes. Unemployed workers in a soup line receiving food aid. Wooden shanties and shacks for housing of people in the Depression. A black woman seated outside a simple tent for her house. A young girl holds her baby sibling while seated on a rusty bunk bed as the infant child cries. Tired looking children during the depression. Sad looking woman seated on a bed rocks a baby. Scene change to 30 years later in mid 1960's. Aerial view of modern highway interchange with traffic on roads. Surveyors at work. Scientists work in laboratory. Doctors examine patients. Arm of person wearing a "Polio Vaccine Volunteer" armband. Children in line to receive polio vaccine. A girl gets a polio shot. Ferris wheel at a fair goes around. American citizens at a picnic enjoy foods assembled on tables. Communist troops march on street in East Germany parade and East German people wave small flags in review stand. Traffic on the main roads of a small American town, with a police officer directing traffic. Shops seen along roadside. Views of American farmers and scientists at work. Farmer on tractor and on harvester machines. Women work in a factory assembling machines. 1950s and 1960's cars in parking lot and woman shopper with cart. Women work in clerical jobs in an office. Nurses in classroom. Early computer technology; large electronic devices and many wires; lights and mechanical switches on electronic equipment. Reel to reel tape recorder or data recorder. Factory shipment floor with goods on belt. President John F Kennedy signs Manpower Development and Training Act in 1962. Golden Gate bridge from shore and from moving vehicle. Bridge construction workers handle tossed hot rivet. Boy watches dam construction workers. Boys running outside school. Boy and farmer in cornfield.