Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Retired Admiral Arthur W. Radford, and his wife, arrive by C-118 aircraft and are met by Air Force officers at U.S Air Force Base, Wiesbaden, Germany. After exchanging greetings with their host officers, The Radfords enter a car and and are driven away. The rear of the car displays four stars, indicating the retired admiral's rank.
A U.S. Army VH-3A helicopter lands on the lawn of the Hotel General von Steuben, in Wiesbaden, Germany. A crowd of spectators stands across the drive from the hotel lawn, constrained by German policemen. U.S. Air Force Military policemen stand guard on the nearer side of the drive. Soon the Presidential VH-3 helicopter, Marine One, lands on the lawn. It displays the Presidential seal and that of the Military District of Washington, DC. Next, President John F. Kennedy is seen walking past the Army helicopter and into the U.S. Military's Hotel General von Steuben. He is accompanied by German Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard, U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk and U.S. Army Aide, Brigadier General Chester V. Clifton, along with a phalanx of Secret Service Agents. Other officials look out from a dining room window of the hotel as the Presidential party arrives. (Note: In the 1950s, the U.S. built three large military hotels in Wiesbaden. In 1951,a star-shaped Hotel [the American Arms] was built on Frankfurter Strasse. In 1955, the 9-story Amelia Earhart Hotel was opened. It was a utilitarian structure, with row after row of windows. President Nixon once stayed there. It closed in 1995. The General von Steuben Hotel, depicted in this film, was the newest, built in 1956, on Auguste Viktoria Strasse, near the train station. It is now a commercial hotel, "the Dorint Hotel Pallas Wiesbaden." )
Opening slate reads April 17, 1945, Wiesbaden, Germany. A brick building in Wiesbaden with large arrow pointing downstairs, labeled "LSR"meaning Luftschutzraum (Air-raid room). Signpost in front of a building with damaged roof, reads,"Radfahr-weg" (bicycle path). Below it an American army sign reads "WP-Water Point." U.S. soldier directs military vehicles, carrying surrendered German soldiers, as they cross the Rhein (Rhine) river, from Wiesbaden to Mainz on a pontoon bridge. The dome of Christuskirche (Christ Church) across the river, dominates the skyline
Project Cirrus, Wiesbaden, Germany. Honor Guard and a band await the arrival of a dignitary at Wiesbaden Air Force Base. United States C-54 aircraft lands and taxis before a group of officers, door opens and ramp wheeled in place. Lieutenant General Lauris Norstad, Deputy Chief Allied Forces, Norwegian General Oen leave the plane. Major General Truman H Landan, Deputy Commanding Officer, USAFE ( United states Air force in Europe ), Lieutenant General Robert W Harper, USAFE, Colonel Rich, chief of Staff 12th Air Force and Colonel Roberts, Commanding Officer Wiesbaden Air Force Base greet the dignitaries as photographers take pictures. Dignitaries salute, ranks of colors and band. Officers review honor guard, get into a car and it moves away.
Germany ten years after World War II. A steam locomotive moving along track near Dyckerhoff cement company plant in Wiesbaden, Germany. The locomotive emits black smoke. The cement factory is seen in the left rear background.
U.S. Congressmen and high ranking officers arrive at the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) in Wiesbaden, Germany. General Alfred M. Gruenther, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, comes out of an aircraft. He is being greeted by Lt. General William H. Tunner and Major General Royden Beebe. They inspect the honor guard along with Lt. John Panarese of the 7100th Air Police Squadron. General Gruenther accompanied by Lt. General Tunner talks with the pilot and the crew standing in front of a F-84F Thunderstreak. General Gruenther walks over and speaks with the pilot of a F-86D. Four stars on the plate on the front bumper of a Lincoln staff car. An aircraft passenger stand. The side of the stand reads ' 7100th Support Wing, Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany'. General Gruenther accompanied with General Tunner talks with the crew of a B-57 Canberra. They inspect the B-57 Canberra and then leave in a staff bus. A C-121 Constellation parked in background.