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.
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.
Stern deck of Japanese light cruiser awash as she makes way in heavy seas near Aleutians during World War 2. Japanese sailors breaking ice from her deck. Deck life lines, anchor chain, and stanchions covered in ice. End of deck gun barrel enclosed with canvas cover. Mountainous snow-covered terrain nearby in background. Officers on bridge of the ship. Closeup of one using binoculars.
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.
Effects of Japanese air attack on Dutch Harbor early in World War 2. Oil supply burning in Aleutians. Large Mountain covered with snow. Foreground shows buildings like air base. Buildings seen burning. Men fighting fires in area. A boat seen burning in harbor. Destruction caused by fire in the area. Burned ship seen in harbor.
Animated map shows Japanese massing for attacks against Australia, Midway Island, and the Aleutians in World War 2. U.S. naval forces prepare for the battles of Coral Sea and Midway. U.S. warships seen underway in the Pacific Ocean. Crewmen on the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown (CV-5) push a Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft with folded wings. Senior officer on the carrier looking through binoculars. Ship's flight operations personnel are alerted by bugle over intercom to report to their stations. flight deck operational crews assemble on deck. Aviators assemble in ready rooms. They are told a Japanese carrier has been sighted and they are to attack its aircraft. Ready rooms are notified of enemy contact at 125 miles. The pilots scramble up stairs to the flight deck and their airplanes. They climb into cockpits Douglas SBD Dauntless planes, start engines, taxi, and take off one at a time. They form up in flights of 3 aircraft each and fly overhead. View of the Island on the Yorktown, as they wait for aircraft to return. Antiaircraft gunners wait in readiness for possible Japanese attack. A formation of Japanese Aichi D3A (Val) aircraft is sighted. They dive at the Yorktown, as her gunners fire away at them. Black flak clouds fill the sky. An explosion as a bomb strikes the Yorktown. She lists and burns and is wracked by another explosion. An SBD dauntless rocks loose near the end of flight deck. USS Yorktown along with other ships in the task force battling Japanese aircraft. A Japanese torpedo plane is downed on the surface of the sea. Flames and smoke at forward port area of Yorktown's flight deck. Gunners hit wings of attacking airplane. Firefighters on Yorktown set up hoses on her deck. More U.S. aircraft airborne to attack Japanese force only 15 miles away. U.S. dive bomber dropping a bomb. An SBD dauntless lands on a carrier deck. Navy aviators pose on deck. Closeup of a Dauntless landing. "Scorecard" compares U.S. and Japanese losses in the two engagements.