Nationalist China mobilised maximum defence measures on Formosa for the June 18 visit to the capital Taipei of President Eisenhower.
LS Infantry recruits at double on Formosa
MS Commanding officer arrives to inspect recruits
MCU New recruits
MS Radar-man on telephone
LS Anti-aircraft crew drill on Formosa
MS Ditto crew loads and unloads
LS Troops on stomach approach barbed wire obstacle
MS Chinese writing - slogan by Chiang Kai-shek on Quemoy hill
LS Pan Shell-destroyed house, boy picks up tiles
MCU Village girl tends brother while parents rebuild homes
TV Quemoy, largest town on Quemoy Island, often shelled
MS Business as usual. Open store fronts
MS Cabbages watered on Quemoy
LS View to Communist-held island 1,400 yards away
MS Sentry on Quemoy behind fortifications Telephoto: Communist-held island. In haze: mainland
MS Gun takes aim
LS HQ underground
TV Infantry squad dug in on Quemoy
MCU Washing up in deep trenches
LS Vaudeville group's open air show
MS Girl and entertainers execute rock 'n roll
LS Troops show approval
LS Soldiers with propaganda balloons
LS Balloons with slogans released. Such balloons will be used to float messages of Eisenhower's visit in Taiwan to Communist-Chinese mainland.
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Background: Nationalist China mobilised maximum defence measures on Formosa for the June 18 visit to the capital Taipei of President Eisenhower. On Quemoy Island, 100 miles from mainland China, troops underwent strenuous training in simulated battle conditions June 10.
Alerted under renewed but sporadic shelling from the mainland, the troops and recruits - part of the 600,000 - strong Armed Forces - met the tense conditions of threatened attack and bombardment from Communist China similar to those experienced during the visit of the late John Foster Dulles to Taipei two years ago.
Despite the cancellation in the Far East tour of President Eisenhower to Tokyo, announced June 16, the scheduled visit to Taipei remained unchanged though the Seoul visit was advanced one day.
Meanwhile on the 135-mile long Quemoy battered since August 1958 by more than 5 600,000 shells, the troops of the artillery units return the mainland fire shell for shell. In leisure moments entertainers sing in stage shows to maintain cheer and comradeship. Vaudeville is popular. Entertainers, may of them recruited from army ranks put on open air shows for the troops emerging from dug-in-positions during lulls in the firing.