Heavy rains bring flood to West Bengal in India. Men ride bicycles on roads flooded with water. Pedestrians with umbrella on the roads. Children carry note books and umbrellas. Native Indian woman wearing a sari carries a bucket. A man carried on a stretcher on the stairs. Houses filled with water. A woman carries a cup of tea to men seated on a bed. A boy sits outside a home.
Activities of the Allied forces in the China Burma India Theater of World War II. Chinese Premier Chiang Kai Shek and his wife arrive to review troops in ChungKing, China. Chinese nurses and soldiers march as General Chinag Kai Shek reviews the United Nations troops. Troops carry portraits of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. Commander of China Burma India Theater General Joseph Stilwell arrives after attending a conference in Washington D.C. Reinforcements arrive in India as soldiers carry bags. Allied soldiers smoke with Indian soldiers. A soldier buys bananas from a vendor. In Indian state of Bengal mule pack trains cross Tibet as they carry supplies for China. Mule packs pass through the Himalayas.
Animated map shows Indian Ocean,with Bay of Bengal; Ceylon; India and cities of Madras and Calcutta; and Burma and city of Rangoon. Two Japanese aircraft carriers are seen in waters off Rangoon, during World War 2. Officers aboard looking through binoculars. Antiaircraft guns on one of the carriers. A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M (zero/Zeke) airplane is readied and takes off from the carrier, followed by another. Several are seen flying in formation over the city of Rangoon. Sounds of explosions and smoke rising, as the Japanese bomb the city. Black smoke from exploding flak is also seen. Scene shifts to a Japanese warship firing 5.5 inch guns at a British ship which is hit by shellfire. The ship explodes emitting dense white smoke, and sinks from sight. Three A6M Zeros fly overhead. Aerial view of a British ship being bombed, and burning.
U.S. military trucks, part of a convoy of 113 vehicles, led by Brigadier General Lewis Andrew Pick, are seen traversing the Ledo Road (aka the Stilwell Road) approaching their final destination of Kunming, China, on February 4, 1945, during World War 2. (They departed Ledo, India, on January 12, 1945, traveling a distance of 1,079 miles.) (Narrator gives distance as 1,044 miles.) View from an overflying airplane shows the long column of trucks on the road below. View from the ground, of the convoy reaching the city gates, where it halts as General Pick and his staff proceed through the gates to a speaker's platform set up in a covered pavilion displaying American and Chinese flags, and pictures of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. General Pick and staff are introduced by Chinese General J.L. Wong who, speaking in English, celebrates this first convoy over the Ledo Road, and points to a banner containing four Chinese characters that spell out "The Road to Victory." General Pick takes the podium, shakes hands with General Wong, and accepts the banner from him. Camera shows the area completely filled with Chinese troops, witnessing the ceremony, including many sitting atop a nearby roof. General Pick speaks briefly, accepting the banner on behalf of the convoy members. He then leaves accompanied by the Governor of Yunnan Province, China. Officers cut a ceremonial ribbon across the road at the West Gate of the city, and the convoy is led into the city by two Chinese soldiers on motorcycles. Chinese spectators line the way and celebrate with firecrackers and cheers, as General Pick passes, standing in a jeep, displaying the Amercan flag and with the Chinese "Road to Victory" banner in its back seat. views of the convoy trucks proceeding through the city. Closeup of one, with a painting of the road, and snow capped mountains, and "First Convoy over the Ledo Road" and "Pick's Pike Life Line from India to China" painted on its canvas cover. A sign over one of the shops along the road reads in Chinese and English, "Welcome First Stilwell Highway Convoy." Views of troops waving from the trucks and Chinese citizen spectators crowding the sides of the road to watch.
Opening scene shows a wheat field in the United States. White hot molten metal collected in ladles as a furnace is tapped. Sandstone buttes the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, looking North from the Art Institute. A white church in a suburban setting. The Japanese cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC. A major river and an old fashioned stern wheeler River Boat cruising on it. A street scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. A roadway in Florida. A fishing village scene in New England. A formation of oil well pumps operating out West. Cowboys herding cattle. View of the Statue of Liberty with dramatic sunset behind it. Two U.S. Marines conversing as they look at the Manhattan skyline in New York City. Aerial view of the skyscrapers on Manhattan Island. View of Times Square in Manhattan, with the Astor Hotel visible (It was razed in 1967). Police officer directing traffic at an intersection. Two Marines walking past the United Nations Building in Manhattan, New York City. View of the General Assembly Building and construction site of the The Dag Hammarskjöld Library Building being added in front of it. Camera pans upward showing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Camera pans the U.S. Capitol building, followed by the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument (viewed from steps of the Lincoln Memorial across the reflecting pool, in Washington, DC. A Marine color guard marches across the lawn in front of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington Ridge Park Virginia, as the Marine Band marches and plays. Closeup of the Memorial with American flag flying above it.
Speaking before United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) in its first meeting in June 1946, Bernard Baruch proposes international control of all atomic energy -- the so-called Baruch Plan. Low level aerial view of ruined post World War 2 European city. Goods including heavy equipment, locomotives, being loaded aboard ships to aid in the postwar recovery of Europe (The Marshall Plan). Workers in Western Europe making use of Marshall Plan materials to rebuild their national infrastructures. West European farmers restoring agriculture. View from overflying light airplane of parts of postwar Berlin in 1948. Blocked roads and empty railroad tracks leading from East Germany to West Germany, blocked by the Soviet Union. Barge traffic at standstill due to Soviet actions. U.S. C-54 transport aircraft flying supplies into West Berlin (The Berlin Airlift) during the Soviet blockade of that city. West Berliners watching U.S. transport aircraft bringing fuel, food and other essentials into the isolated city. A C-54 flying low over empty railroad lines, as it prepares to land in West Berlin. Supplies offloaded from a DC-3 ( AKA C-47 or British Dakota) equipped with unusual set of rear cargo doors. Supplies being moved on Tegel Airport with many C-54 aircraft in the background. Numerous C-47 aircraft operating at Tempelhof airdrome. An East German official opening a barricade as Soviet blockade of West Berlin ends on May 12, 1949, and supply trucks begin to move over roads again. Flags of Western nations flying on high flagpoles. Glimpse of Allied warships underway during World War 2. Formation of P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight overhead. NATO troops marching and NATO armor on parade. Flashes of heavy artillery firing at night. Korean refugees moving South in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. View of UN Security Council meeting in the absence of Soviet representative. U.S. tanks firing guns and American infantrymen in conflict with North Korea in Korean War. American wounded on stretchers.