Memorial day services aboard USS Arizona at the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, United States, five months after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Flag at half mast. Arizona submerged in water, showing scars. Captain, Officers and people standing with bowed heads. U.S. Navy Admiral Francis Compton Denebrink standing aboard USS Arizona. Waves placing wreaths on deck of Arizona. They pose with the wreath. Bugler sounding taps, flag waving in the background. Arizona submerged in water, showing battle scars. USS Arizona in water, flag flying at half mast above wreckage.
A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
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.
Natural wealth of Arizona is shown. Canyon and desert with huge sonoran cactus in Arizona are seen. Mining operations with digger loading rail cars. Huge explosion from dynamite blasting in a mine. Men examine ancient petrified wood trees. Logging, timber, and lumber operations: Two workers operate a two man manual saw and cut a large Ponderosa Pine tree into sections. Dry desert area shown, and then contrasted with irrigated lands as men package harvested carrots. Oranges shown up close growing on citrus orange trees. Mountain peaks shown covered with snow. Two young boys in cowboy clothing sit on a fence and smile. Cowboys graze their cattle animals. Cowboy crosses a field on horseback silhouetted by a bright sunny sky background. City buildings and automobile traffic on the roads of an Arizona city contrasts with rural native American tribal life. An indian woman stands with a baby outside of a traditional hut build with mud and logs. An orange and silver colored (then) modern locomotive races toward the camera position and passes by showing various train cars. Reenanctor playing part dressed as a Spanish conquistador. Spanish mission San Jose de Tumacacori is shown -- a historical monument of Arizona. A man prospecting walks amid rocks with his burro. He picks up a rock and hits on it with a hammer or chisel. Camera shows a vulture flying ominously overhead with a bright blue sky behind. A rattlesnake slithers across the desert ground. Bones of a dead human lying on desert floor. Sign for Tombstone Arizona, and actors portray residents of Tombstone, talking on town streets and fighting cowboys in a pistol firefight. A cowboy (actor) falls, show under a covered wagon. Views of gate at Boothill Graveyard with tombstones. Cross bearing text "Alfred Cantrell. Shot 1881." Another says "Ernest Brodines. Murdered 1882." And a third "M.E. Kellogg. 1882. Died natural death." Next grave crosses are: "Holderman Brothers. Hanged" also "Dan Kelly - hanged" and others.
View of the Grand Canyons at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA. Heavy cloud covers above the canyons. Panoramic view of the canyons and mountains
Mine workers board an elevator lift at the "Copper Queen" copper mine in Bisbee, Arizona, which also produces lead and zinc. Smoke arise from huge chimneys of smelter plant smelting copper in nearby Douglas Arizona. Mining train emerges from mine on tracks and dumps raw material for copper. Workers move carts of ore by hand and dump them. Workers and mechanized diggers work at other non-metallic mines in Arizona. Mountainous region with dry soil is seen. View of Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River. Men lift wooden blocks to allow water flowing in canals and utilized for irrigation on farms in the Salt River Valley. Lettuce, tomato,carrot and cabbage fields are shown. A man puts a ladder up against and tree and picks citrus fruits from a tree such as oranges or grapefruits. A date tree in a date tree grove is hand pollinated. Close up view of hands of a farmer examining wheat crops and holding wheat in a field. A harvester operates in a barley field. Gunny bags of wheat piled in an area are moved by workers from a truck onto an automated mover. Men stack the bags. Huge stacks of bales of cotton and a man in hat and tie examining the raw cotton. Alfalfa plants shown in field and being baled. View of Coolidge Dam on the Gila River near Globe, Arizona. Imperial Dam on the lower Colorado River is shown next. View of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Hydroelectric generators and power lines are seen. Elevated view of Lake Mead. People wave from a motorboat on Lake Mead. Children splash and play in the lake water. A man in a small boat fishing on Lake Mead.