Filmed leaving Quemoy October 11: some of the 7,000 men, women and children evacuated a day before the first deadline of the Communist Chinese ceasefire.
LV. REFUGEES ON QUEMOY BEACH.
SV. WOMEN WITH RICE BOWLS.
CU. AN OLD WOMAN.
SV. WOMAN WITH CHILD.
CU. YOUNG MAN CARRYING FATHER.
GV. THE CROWDED BEACH.
SV. TROOPS CARRYING SACKS OF FOOD FROM THE SHIP.
GV.PAN THE REFUGEES.
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Background: Filmed leaving Quemoy October 11: some of the 7,000 men, women and children evacuated a day before the first deadline of the Communist Chinese ceasefire.
Uprooted families waited patiently on a Quemoy beach as workers unloaded flour, rice, guns and barbed-wire from two big supply landing craft on which they were to embark at night for Formosa. Some 39,000 civilians decided to remain on the shell-battered island. One of the evacuated groups was made up of school students and teachers whose school was destroyed by the shelling.
With groups of women and children they embarked in the holds of rusty landing craft which ran the blockade by shelling to bring food and ammunition to Quemoy's estimated 100,000-strong garrison.
Following the resumption of the Warsaw talks between U.S. Ambassador Jacob D. Bean, and Communist China's Wang Ping-nan last week the cease-fire was extended for two more weeks.
Nationalist China then stepped up military and food supplies to Quemoy, a move which worried her U.S. allies who advised reduction of Quemoy's strength, and left observers with the question: Was Communist China only holding fire to allow the pig to fatten itself before the slaughter? - Communist China's repeated pledge stood: liberation of Quemoy and Formosa.