Red Chinese Battle Plan

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Red Chinese Battle Plan is a short film from ca. 1964 released on 16mm. It is held in the Prelinger Archives collection.

"Red China's Battle Plan: It is a blueprint for revolution. Divide and encircle, conquer and incite." Film purports to lay out China's goal of domination. Sun Yat-sen is called the George Washington of China who led China in 1911 from its place a "backward nation, ruled by an autocratic system of emperors and kings." Illustration of George Washington shown in book with Chinese characters. Various unrest in the streets, unclear what it is about.

The young Mao is shown addressing the founding conference of the Communist party in 1921. Peasants in Communist caps are shown writing down the words of Mao and cleaning rifles in rural areas. 1934, the Long March. Chinese mountain ranges. The caves of Yenan. Women threshing grain by hand. Communist study classes outdoors. Soldiers in fields working nest to peasants. Peasants performing morality plays in the fields. Nationalist Chinese army. Japanese planes bomb Shanghai. Chiang kai-shek Scenes of devastation, injured and charred children and adults. Mao's face appears on front of a locomotive promoting him as a popular anti-Japanese patriot. The Red Army marching with every soldier carrying propaganda posters on his back. Some kind of official signing that marks the ending of the war with Japan in 1945.

Postwar, hungry people eating grass. Red Army training in close-quarter combat with armor-like protective gear. Nationalist army on horseback is harassed by Red Army guerillas. In the midst of battle Mao's troops use megaphones and electric amplification to call on the other side to desert and join them. Battle footage, showing much swarming of troops over countryside, mountains, railroads. Mao wooing of intellectuals. Mao reviewing tank lines. Erection of massive poster of Chiang kai-shek on Taiwan. Overhead view of thousands of Nationalist army troops on parade. Beijing, 1949, Mao declares the birth of People's Republic. Man is seen on trial for anti-communism. Battle which seems to take place somewhere in Korea. United Nations building and seal. Chinese army fighting on the side of North Korea against United Nations troops. July, 1953, Armistice is signed (I couldn't capture the name of the city); General William Harrison is shown signing for U.N.,(I couldn't get the name of the Chinese general). Scenes of revelry and celebration in amongst Chinese after armistice is signed. A narrator recounts Mao's statement at the time: "The United States is a paper tiger." Waving of Chinese flag by crowds as seen from a moving train.

Mao goes to Moscow, signing a 30-year treaty of friendship with Nikita Khruschev. Speech in front of the Supreme Soviet: Khruschev is seen supposedly attacking Stalin and saying that Soviet Union should have a policy of peaceful coexistence with the "free world." According to the film, "Red China attacks Khruschev and the Soviet Union as traitors to the basic doctrine of world revolution." Aboveground nuclear testing ban treaty is signed between U.S. and Soviet Union. Dean Rusk (U.S. Sec. of State) and Andrei Gromyko are pictured. Alexander Douglas Hume signs for the U.K. According to the film "Red China denounces Moscow's new line and sets out to become the leader of world communism." "Today Communist China seeks to spread its own brand of global revolution, Mao's emissaries are sent into the underdeveloped areas of the world"

Fidel Castro is shown greeting Chinese "technicians." Raoul Castro, Fidel's younger brother is shown being decorated by Chinese officials in China. Some sort of ampitheater in Albania is shown, with much flagwaving. Ghanian head of state Kwame Nkrumah is shown being visited by Chou en-Lai. Also meeting with Pakistani President (I can't get the name)XXX Khan?

Much recounting of Chinese communist slogans: e.g. Lin Piao's article Long Live the Victory of People's War."Victory for Communism will come through wars of national liberation."

Footage of Vietnam and presumably the Viet Cong. "In Vietnam, as in China, Communists seek to dominate the countryside until the dense thicket of Communism surrounds, entangles, and finally chokes the cities." What seems to be a booby trap made of bamboo spikes is shown being built by a woman, presumably Viet Cong. Also what are supposed to be civilian prisoners bound by chains are shown apparently dead and the narrator tells us the murder was at the hands of the Viet Cong. Many propagandistic parades are shown. Giant statue of Mao is carried along a street. Also quite a few brief shots of an older Mao in various settings.

Protests against Nkrumah in Ghana. In Indonesia, anti-communists riots and students storming the Chinese Embassy. The ridiculous statement is made that "Sukarno is no longer the absolute ruler of the island empire [Indonesia]." Fidel Castro is shown making an impassioned speech supposedly denouncing the Chinese brand of Communism.

Someone who looks like Lyndon Johnson seated behind a USA nameplate is shown with Asian world leaders at the Manila Summit Conference. American G.I.s are seen assisting Vietnamese peasants in a local construction project.

23:02:00:17 Great shot gate open revealing ancient Chinese building; audio track over shot Entering the twentieth century China is a backward nation ruled by an autocratic system of emperors and kings.

23:02:06:14 VS Chinese in the streets early in the twentieth century, many carrying guns, some wearing Western hats, most in traditional attire.

23:03:14:12 VS stock footage of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen around 1911.

23:02:21:10 CU book with Chinese calligraphy, disembodied hand turns page right to left, first page with Chinese characters and ink drawn portrait of who is probably Sun Yat-Sen; disembodied hand turns page, small ink portrait of George Washington with mandarin text on bottom of page; stock shot of Sun Yat-Sen. 23:02:38:07 VS chaos in Chinese streets, thousands run through the street; possibly around time of Wuchang Uprising; CU crowd of Chinese cross frame; great footage of early Chinese communist party; poor Chinese working class peasants sitting on ground writing.

23:03:17:19 Stock shot of Chiang Kai-shek around 1927; Chiang Kai-shek s troops marching through the streets.

23:03:37:28 VS Mao Zedong around 1934 and poor peasants listening to him speak; Mao s army marching through the mountains, hills and plains; caravan of Chinese communists early 1930s. VS Chinese cave-dwelling community, Chinese women spinning thread, farming.

23:05:30:03 Chinese communists marching through farmland carrying grain; Mao s soldiers working in the fields beside the peasants.

23:05:52:14 6 young women dancing in field performing a morality play where, according to the narration, the landlords are the devils and the communists are the forces of righteousness, trampling their class enemy; women in the dance act out working the land.

23:06:09:17 VS stock footage Chiang Kai-shek signing a document.

23:06:30:27 Great POV shot from back of pull cart; back of young man pulling cart while he runs; Chinese walk on sidewalks in Western dress.

23:06:40:08 Chinese police officer directing traffic; 1920s cars and carts pulled by people cross intersection.

23:06:46:26 Great shot from plane of almost a dozen bomber planes in air, possibly Japanese planes in 1937 before bombing China; aerial from plane as bombs are dropped from plane on Shanghai; large explosions in Shaghai; Japanese invade, soldiers running waving a Japanese flag; train station devastated in bombing; little baby sitting beside bombing railroad track crying, rubble everywhere; VS ravaged Chinese people.

23:07:24:06 Stock footage Mao Zedong exits building; camera pans from two soldiers to Mao; low angle shot from beside railroad tracks as train approaches with large portrait of Mao on front of train.

23:07:54:02 Poster of Mao on back of Chinese soldier marching; VS Chinese soldiers marching.

23:08:28:04 VS poor war-ravaged Chinese; poor and old Chinese women eating; little baby eating with hands.

23:08:48:00 Mao exits building follow another Chinese man and one talk White man smoking a cigarette; CU Mao.

23:08:59:17 Great shot Chinese soldiers with large rocks hanging from the ends of their rifles.

23:09:09:29 MS two men training in leather armor, fighting with sticks.

23:09:21:03 VS Chinese communist officer speaks to his soldiers beside a blackboard with Chinese characters written on it in chalk; CU Chinese communist soldier wearing hat with star; VS soldiers march the dirt street of rural village; soldiers riding on horseback Great Wall of China in background; soldiers with camouflage shrubs on their backs hiding in the hills; Chinese communist man speaks into broadcasting microphone, man yells into a cone; soldiers firing guns from hillside; burning rural houses; VS on tanks moved on railroad, soldiers being moved by railroad through countryside; VS footage of Mao s invasion beginning in rural China, map of China superimposed over footage, graphic of dragon appears over each city Mao defeated.

23:11:29:14 Huge portrait of Mao carried in a truck; posters of Mao handed out in streets; man greets Mao as he steps out of a car; Mao rides in jeep passing by a long row of tanks; large audience lines street to watch parade.

23:12:07:13 VS large portrait of Chiang Kai-shek unveiled in Taiwain; soldiers marching in Taiwan.

23:12:38:17 Stock shot of Mao Zedong in front of microphone on October 1, 1949 in announcing the establishment of the People s Republic of China; VS cheering crowd.

23:13:04:24 VS trial of communist dissenter, woman yelling points finger at man who stands turned away from woman eyes cast toward ground.

23:13:28:15 VS explosions lighting up dark sky; communist forces invading South Korea from North Korea in 1950.

23:13:44:25 Pan down United Nations building New York; VS inside United Nations; Korean ambassadors; ambassadors raise their hands in a vote.

23:14:03:23 VS combat in Korean War.

23:14:31:16 VS soldiers guarding building where Korean War Armistice is to be signed in 1953. General William Harrison signing the armistice. General Nam Il signs for North Korean delegation. CU armistice agreement. VS Chinese celebrating as troops return from Korea.

23:15:17:07 Mao Zedong disembarks plane in Moscow, photographers take pictures of Mao outside of plane as Mao is greeted by the Soviets; Mao reads from paper delivering speech into microphone, Russian audience in background.

23:15:39:02 Pan over the Kremlin; VS Mao and Khrushchev signing a 30 years friendship agreement; CU 30 yrs. friendship agreement document; Mao and Khrushchev shake hands.

23:16:04:27 VS Khrushchev delivers speech denouncing Stalin in 1956; Khrushchev delivering speech for peaceful coexistence with the free world.

23:16:43:27 Pan down Soviet building; VS Andre Gromyko signs for Soviet Union treaty banning nuclear testing in atmosphere, outer space and under water; Dean Rusk signs for the United States; Alexander Douglas Hume signs treaty for Great Britain.

23:17:43:07 VS Communist Chinese soldiers marching; stock shot of Mao waving to the people.

23:18:11:03 Stock footage of Fidel Castro meeting with the Chinese; Raul Castro is greeted and decorated by Chinese military officials.

23:18:43:27 Large stadium with cheering crowd in stadium at communist rally; Albanian and Chinese officials make deal.

23:19:24:15 Chinese girl delivers bouquet of flowers to leader of Ghana Nkrumah, Chinese press photographers take photos; Ghana s leader meets with Chinese officials.

23:19:47:21 Chinese parade for arrival of Pakistani leader; Chinese and Pakistani leadership in meeting over friendly relations.

23:20:16:11 VS alliances and agreements being made between Indonesia and China; Mao speaks with Indonesian leadership.

23:20:56:18 VS CU Lin Piao s text in Chinese Long Live the Victory of People s War.

23:23:09:09 Crow heads toward camera carrying portrait of Mao and another Chinese leader.

23:23:21:29 Great shot Mao steps up to podium, to camera men in frame filming Mao; VS crowd applauds, Mao waves to crowd.

23:23:39:16 CU newspaper headline Ghana Coup- Nkrumah Out, People Joyous

23:23:43:11 Great shot crowd in Ghana protesting in streets; woman holds picket sign with cartoon and text Krumah Thief Man ; realistic dummy dressed in a suit with sign behind its head reads After All Kofi Nwiah is not an immortal may he rest in peace.

23:23:58:16 VS anti-communist riots in Indonesia; students storming the Chinese embassy.

23:24:12:02 Crowd of Cubans listen to Fidel Castro speak; CU Fidel Castro in profile delivering a fiery speech.

23:24:33:02 CU sign of Manila Summit Conference in 1966; CU sign for the Republic of Vietnam; CU sing for Australia s delegation; CU sign for the Philippines; CU sing for the Republic of Korea; CU Thailand sign; CU sign for New Zealand; CU sign for the United States of America; VS of the Manila Summit Conference, President Lyndon B. Johnson at the conference.

23:25:53:18 Zoom out from CU of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia; dissolves into the America declaration of independence.

Red Chinese Battle Plan
Produced byU.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
Distributed byU.S. Navy
Release date
ca. 1964
Running time
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