The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
Preakness stakes at Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Maryland. 45,000 fans gather to witness the Preakness stakes at the Pimlico race course. The horse race gets underway. War admiral races ahead of Pompoon to win the race.
The Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams play a game of football at Baltimore Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore continues its headlong gallop towards the Western Division title. Huge crowd gathered to watch the match.
Baltimore riots in the wake of Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968. A busload of men, arrested during rioting in Baltimore, are bused to the Baltimore City Courthouse, on Calvert Street, where they unload, single-file, with hands held over their heads, and enter the courthouse, under armed guard by Federal (or Federalized) troops. Spectators fill the sidewalks to watch the goings on. Brief closeup of soldier wearing helmet and carrying rifle with fixed bayonet. Soldiers form a cordon around the line of prisoners as they walk into the courthouse. Two civilian officials follow the prisoners into the courthouse. Closeup of a Baltimore City policeman holding a Remington 870 Police Magnum shotgun. He smiles for the camera. Army troops are in the background. Closeup of the bus with some prisoners at the windows (apparently having reboarded the bus). Army troops begin moving spectators away from the courthouse entrance.
U.S. President Harry S. Truman dedicates Friendship International Airport in Anne Arundel County Maryland, United States, south of Baltimore. Aerial view of the new airport. A sign on a terminal building reads 'Friendship International Airport'. President Truman disembarks from an aircraft together with Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., and is greeted by officials. He reviews an honor guard. A crowd seated during the dedication ceremony. The President speaks into a microphone and gives a short address (sound is present in clip for this portion). (The airport was later renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and subsequently, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Also known as BWI.)
Activities of the United States Army after the Baltimore Riots in Baltimore, Maryland. The city of Baltimore. Normal street traffic. View of a building and flag of the United States on it. Soldiers stand guard outside the building. A car parked outside. Views of the residential area of the city.