Pt 1 of 3
President Johnson / LBJ at microphone talking about a letter from a woman in the Mid West asking Why Vietnam ? Montage Vietnam war shots.
05:01:17 Munich 1938 - Hitler in open top car - Chamberlain arrives - Munich pact - Chamberlain speaking re Peace. Montage shots - bomb damaged buildings - Mussolini - Ethiopia - Haile Selassie at League of Nations - Anschluss - Korean war.
05:03:16 Johnson speaking re reasons for War and fight for freedom
05:04:28 Background to US involvement in Vietnam. Dien Bien Phu, French Indo China. Battle scenes and dropping supplies. 1954 Hanoi refugees - French leave Hanoi as communist forces move in. Geneva conference which divides Vietnam into North and South. Refugees fleeing South. US support to South Vietnam.
05:06:45 Map 1954 17th Parallel - mountain shots. North Vietnam, Ho Chi-Minh w/ children. South Vietnam farming & agriculture - building homes - elections. US economic aid - tools and grain. Gathering in harvest in the South following land reforms. Scenic shots - junks - coastline
05:08:46 Manilla 1955 signing of South East Asia Collective Defence Treaty. South Vietnam - shots of house building - narration tells of subversive activities from Communist North. Terrorist activities - NV guerrilla warfare - burning buildings - dead bodies.
05:10:08 South Vietnam - spraying rice fields - rice processed. Open cast mining. Rubber plantation - latex processing. Textile factory.
Vietnam War; Propaganda;