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.
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 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.
Families at harbor waiting for the troop transport ships. United States soldiers and liberated prisoners of war on ship. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and harbor in background with Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. Troop ships arrive and crowd cheers. Japanese soldiers bonzai cheer and Japanese forces bomb and take control of Corregidor. Japanese planes bombing. Ambulance carries wounded. United States soldier loses his arm during a Japanese aerial attack on Corregidor. General Wainwright surrendering in Corregidor in May 1942. United States flag lowered by Japanese and Japanese flag is hoisted. Wreckage of bombed U.S. facilites. Japanese propaganda film showing care for wounded American soldiers on hospital beds. Prisoners eat food. Wounded American soldiers walk with crutches on the grounds of the prison camp. Bataan Death March of the emaciated prisoners. American military prisoners at Cabanatuan labor and sleep on open air bunks. Scene of U.S. Army training early in World War 2 with troops in a field setting a machine gun emplacement to fire at rolling trucks relabeled as "Tank". Japanese propaganda newsreels showing Japanese military success in Philippines and Japanese forces in the Aleutian Islands. Aerial view formation of U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bombers in the sky. Aerial side view of American bomber aircraft and bombs away view. Navy bombing from ships. General MacArthur returns to Philippines and wades ashore. Philippine guerrillas and U.S. troops in battle to retake Philippines. U.S. prisoners of war liberated and freed and at 92nd Evacuation Hospital Cebu. Released prisoners on ships to America. WAC women hand out mail. Soldiers write telegram wires announcing arrival. Ship docks in San Francisco. Prisoners reunite with happy families and crowds on streets cheer their arrival. Soldiers and civilians walk on Market Street in San Francisco. Welcome home parade for San Francisco soldiers during WWII. Soldiers waving from buses in parade. Soldier in front of Marina Junior High School, 3500 Fillmore Street. One armed, disabled soldier with parents views photo album.
Animated map shows Northern Pacific with line from Japan to the Aleutians and thence to the West coast of the United States. View zooms in on the Aleutian Islands. View, from Japanese transport ship, of several Japanese warships underway in Northern Pacific ocean during World War 2. Japanese Naval officer steering in the wheelhouse of the ship. A light cruiser and two more warships in a column. A company of Japanese marines receive instructions from an officer and board a landing craft.View of marines in landing craft, underway, with their rifles resting on the gunnels.
Activities of the Seabees in the Aleutians, during World War II. Units of Seabees are ordered to the Aleutians. An animated map shows the Dutch Harbor. Ship carrying Seabees in a bay, with snow capped mountains in the background. The Seabee Battalions at the base construction site : Surveyers at work. Huge explosion demolishes a cliff. Steam shovels work on cliff face. Bulldozer creating a road. Concrete bucket being loaded. Seabees work on reinforced concrete wall, with frame of reinforcing bar visible. A huge yard filled with construction materials. Carpenters build a structure with lumber, using hand saw and hammer. View of the completed major U.S. Navy base. Seabees work to repair a damaged U.S. destroyer. The USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) seen at sea. Views of other ships in the region.