Construction of the the Alaska Highway aka Alaska-Canadian Highway aka ALCAN Highway, in 1942. Montage showing momentary views of American highways seen from underneath, highlighting their structural supports and the like. A man traveling in snow by means of a dogsled. Vehicles bumping along on rough road in a wilderness, passing a piece of heavy road-building machinery in operation. A sign posted on June 15, 1942, soliciting workers for construction of the ALCAN highway. The sign reads "This is No Picnic." Steam locomotive pulling train into station at whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Men in parkas sorting through boxes of supplies at the rail depot. A caterpillar tractor clearing trees along the planned roadway path. Canvas covered trucks driving across snow-covered landscape. Narrator mentions start of World War 2, as related scenes are shown, including: A formation of military aircraft in flight; Bomb exploding in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; and wreckage of the USS Arizona after the attack. Scene shifts to workmen in parkas carrying tools, as they walk past tents in snowy site. Surveyors struggling through snow and underbrush to perform their work. A truck driving across a temporary bridge. A bulldozer clearing underbrush. A convoy of trucks driving along a snowy road. Men attempting to free a vehicle trapped in a snow bank. Vehicles moving along parts of the highway covered by water from melting ice. A Jeep driving past a tent displaying a sign pointing to Tokyo. Gathering of construction workers in completion ceremony at Soldier's Summit on 21 November, 1942.
The Aleutian Islands Campaign of World War II. A map shows the Aleutian Islands situated in the North Pacific Ocean forming the southern boundary of the Bering Sea. Volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. The rocky coast of the island. A man stands on an ice covered ship. A boat carries some people. An aircraft lands on sea. A ship in the rough seas. In 1942: Animated map depicts Japanese invasion of Midway Island and Dutch Harbor and U.S. response to the attack. An aircraft takes off. U.S. Army officers who participated in the Battle of Dutch Harbor include Lieutenants Charles H. Briggs, Jack Todd, Jep C, Jonson, James E. Breeding, Virgil Alleman and Jack S. Marks. Active volcanoes in the background. Army camps in the Aleutian Islands.
A U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) Waco CG-4A-WO glider is seen descending and landing in a grass field. Upon touchdown, its front pops open and and an army jeep drives out. USAAF C-47 aircraft are seen next, offloading jeeps pulling small artillery pieces, and infantry who move rapidly from the parked aircraft. Jeeps traversing a high hump in a dirt road. A jeep towing an M-3 Antitank Gun 37mm, and others driving through underbrush and bouncing over rough road while towing 37mm guns and trailers. Soldiers stepping from jeeps to set up machine guns. American soldiers playing a game of horse and rider, during a break in duties. Soldiers setting up mortars. Jeeps driving through bodies of water. Two M4A1 (76)W Sherman tanks, with cast steel hulls, drive into a stream. Troops setting up several 37mm guns on a river bank. Two soldiers in a communications jeep. Army officers perusing a map laid out on the hood of a jeep. U.S. field artillerymen using periscopic binoculars on tripods, to spot and direct gunfire. Military vehicles, including jeeps, moving across desert terrain. Artillery crews firing M59 (M2 Long Tom) 155mm guns. A Douglas A-26 Invader aircraft flying overhead. Jeeps in various roles, bouncing along in the desert and laying smoke screens. Jeeps equipped with M3 anti-aircraft guns and others with stretchers for wounded affixed to their sides. U.S. Army Ford GPA "Seep" amphibious jeeps plunging into water and continuing on as boats. A jeep production line in a U.S. factory showing stages of assembly and finished jeeps driving out of the plant into yards containing hundreds of them. A convoy of jeeps driving over a bridge, and others carrying a U.S. military brass band in a parade in England. A Hollywood actress (Gloria Swanson?) being lifted into a jeep by several men. Glimpse of an unidentified actress with an American soldier, in a jeep. Hollywood stars, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy clowning in the front seat of a jeep with Desi Arnaz and two women riding in the back. Several jeeps carrying these and other Hollywood personalities during a war bond parade in Washington DC. The Capitol looming in the background as the jeeps move away from it toward the camera. Jeeps being prepared for transport to overseas destinations. Some being enclosed in wooden crates and placed on rail cars. Jeeps being hauled by cranes and placed aboard ships. Landing crafts mechanized (LCMs) transporting infantry and vehicles, including jeeps. An M4A1 Sherman tank driving out of a landing craft into surf. A jeep being driven onto beach at Adak,in the Aleutians,from a landing craft of the USS J.Franklin Bell (AP-34), in 1942. In 1943, this transport ship was reclassified as APA-16.) American troops with jeep on a South Pacific island in World War 2. A soldier on motorcycle, skids in mud on road in North Africa, and jeeps drive past him. American soldiers ride camels and some drive in a jeep near the Great pyramid and Sphinx in Egypt. Jeeps seen in China, with Generals Joseph Stilwell and Claire Chennault. One parked next to a Flying Tiger P-40 airplane. Soldiers in a jeep in Alaska, next to a tent and sign pointing to "Tokyo." Local tribesmen literally carrying a jeep, on long poles, across a river in Timor. General Douglas MacArthur, accompanied by staff officers, being driven in a jeep along a jungle road in New Guinea, past a line of local tribesmen. Wendell Wilkie, serving as Ambassador-at-large, during the war, speaks to U.S. officers in a jeep. Britain's King George VI in a jeep followed by another carrying Queen Elizabeth. President Franklin D. Roosevelt riding in a jeep to review troops. He removes his hat as they pass the American flag. Sign on a building in North Africa reads "Bizerte." General George S. Patton, standing in a jeep during a victory parade in North Africa. Soldiers at an outdoor religious service during the war with the hood of a jeep serving as a make shift altar.Various views of jeeps driving with soldiers in them.
The aftermath of the Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor, June 3 & 4 1942, during World War 2. Scenes include the bombed ship, S.S. Northwestern, which was being used as housing for construction crews. The docked steamer was damaged by bombs from "Val" dive bombers launched by the Japanese aircraft carrier "Junyo". Smoke rises from an oil tank as it burns. Bombed & wrecked trucks at the island. Also shown are bomb damage and fires at Fort Mears, Dutch Harbor.
A new route links the United States and Alaska during World War II. Trucks parked on a highway. Men stand holding the U.S. flags. Canadian Mounted Police men stand in formation. The U.S. flag is raised up. The soldiers stand wearing woolen hats and coats. Officials cut a ribbon and pay tribute to the U.S. Army. The soldiers applaud. The Alaskan Highway Alaska is officially opened. A truck convoy rolls northward.
General Motors film entitled: "It's up to US," explains how to maintain private cars during World War 2, when all manufacturers switched to production of war materiel. Bugler, in U.S. Army uniform, blows reveille. Montage of American scenes, including homes and gardens; mountains; forests and lumberjacks felling a tree; an oil well gusher spewing crude oil; open pit mining operations; Niagara falls; flock of sheep grazing; workers picking cotton and it being delivered to a processing plant by horse-drawn wagon; a large log being cut into boards in a lumber mill; steel being manufactured for the war effort; a woman saving foods in a refrigerator; a man cutting his lawn; a woman vacuuming her carpet; a taking clothes from a washing machine; a farmer plowing with a tractor; automobiles on American road and in parking lot of a defense plant. A driver with worn and dented 1938 Chevrolet car parked in front of a home is assisted by another who drives up behind him in a 1941 Oldsmobile and gives him a push. Sign at a Chevrolet service garage reading: "Official O.P.A. Tire Inspection Station." A 1942 Chevrolet 2-door fastback car drives into the garage. Mechanic greets driver and begins routine service, including: adding distilled water to battery; draining oil from car up on hydraulic lift. Scene shifts to a mechanic lubricates fittings on a 1937 Chevy on a lift at a gas station. Scene reverts to the earlier garage where mechanic drains cooling system, and refills it. The mechanic removes the carburetor and services it on a bench. He checks distributor rotor and makes compression checks. He cleans and re-gaps spark plugs, and checks tires and brakes. Cars driving on a town street. Mechanic aligning wheels on 1941 Chevrolet. Animated illustrations of tire wear from alignment problems. Servicing air in tire of 1942 2-door Chevy. More animated illustrations of tire problems. Illustrated explanation of rotation for bias tires.