A map shows countries bordering the Black Sea. German and Romanian ships lay naval mines in the Black Sea. Battleship at sea. Deck guns on a chip. LIfe boats by the ship side. Naval mines lines on the ship deck. Sailors arm the mines and roll them off the deck into the sea. An officer supervises the exercise and observes through binoculars.
Two U.S. Pennsylvania class battleships underway at sea, with other warships in background, during World War 2. One fires to starboard with her 14-inch guns from the forward triple turrets. U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers flying in formation over mountains. Glimpse of General Douglas MacArthur with General Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell in gunner's station of a bomber. Montage of brief glimpses showing U.S. forces engaging Japanese forces in: amphibious assaults; firing weapons in New Guinea and other Pacific islands. U.S. warship firing naval guns. U.S. ship firing at attacking Japanese aircraft, with sky full of black flak clouds. Admiral William (Bull) Halsey. Mitsubishi A6M Zero kamikaze aircraft blown up close to flight deck of U.S. aircraft carrier. It misses the ship and crashes in flames, exploding in the water, astern. U.S. General Joseph Stilwell, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, British Allied commander Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, photographed together in India. Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek seated for a picture with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Camera moves back revealing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, also seated. Behind them stand key allied military leaders, including (from the right) Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in-chief in India; Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia forces; George Giffard — commander of Eleventh Army Group; U.S. General Daniel Isom Sultan, deputy to General Stilwell; General Joseph Stilwell, Commander China-Burma-India (CBI) Command; and General Albert Coady Wedemeyer, Chiang Kai-Shek's Chief of Staff. General Joseph Stillwell is seen stepping from a military cargo plane, and being greeted by another officer. Stilwell is wearing a campaign hat. He has the CBI patch on his jacket shouder. A B-24 Liberator bomber takes off from a Chinese base at Liuchow, or possibly, Luiliang, China. (ostensibly carrying Chinese soldiers to India for training). U.S. marked P-40 aircraft are parked beside the runway. They display the shark teeth nose art of the Flying Tiger All volunteer Group of Claire Chennault. But this is 1944 and the aircraft are from the U.S. 23rd Fighter Group. Chinese soldiers are seen being armed and trained in India, with modern small arms. They are also seen fording a river with military supplies and moving in jeeps through jungle-like settings. Various views of Ledo Road construction in Burma. bulldozers, trucks, caterpillar tractors, explosives and men are shown in construction work. A jeep rides along a muddy section of the new road while U.S. and Chinese soldiers patrol on either side to protect it. Allied soldiers firing a small field piece. A C-47 aircraft airdrops supplies to the road builders. General Stilwell, standing with a Chinese officer, looks skyward at the aircraft. A C-46 Commando plane taking off from a field in India carrying supplies. Men loading a jeep aboard a C-46, plus ammunition and other supplies. Rare sight of supplies being loaded into nose cargo compartment of the one-of-a-kind XC-108A transport plane (modified B-17 bomber, tail number 41-2593). A formation of USAAF C-45 transport aircraft flying "over the Hump." Chinese P-36 Hawk aircraft in formation demonstrate firepower. Newly trained Chinese pilots marching and walking on flightline where solid-nose B-25s and P-40s are parked. Chinese and American pilots wave to each other from their P-40 aircraft. A B-25 takes off flanked by two P-40s. Bombs being dropped by Chinese B-25s. Japanese ship being strafed by Chinese fighter plane. Chinese laborers at work building an airfield without machinery. A large group pull a paving roller by hand. Chinese troops in combat with Japanese forces. One firing a Czech ZB vz. 26 light machine gun. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek addressing the U.S. Congress, 18 February, 1943.
U.S. Navy Aircraft Seventh Fleet PBY Catalina operations in Southwest Pacific during World War 2. Pilots and navigators of six PBY Catalina crews are seen planning the night's operations at a table in a flight planning hut. (These Catalinas are called "Black Cats" because they were painted black for night operations.) The Black Cat mission is to interdict Japanese supply ships at sea. Intelligence officer is seen briefing about locations of Japanese convoys and cautions that Japanese night fighters are stationed only 60 miles away.The pilots look at pictures of the type of warships that might accompany the Japanese convoys.They are briefed on Japanese antiaircraft batteries near harbor where convoy ships might anchor.And they are briefed on the weather. Ground crew pass a large box of foods to a PBY crewman.The aircraft taxis into the water. The weather is getting stormy.Ground crew remove landing gear. The PBY takes off. Views from inside the aircraft as it leaves the water and becomes airborne. Views from inside a PBY as lightning strikes outside in a storm. Crew members in their positions.Approaching the harbor where Japanese vessels may be anchored. Navigator plots position with dividers and calculates course using E-6B computer. Waist gunners ready at their stations. Crew member is posted as a lookout at an open bay in the PBY nose. There are no Japanese ships seen in the harbor. But the PBY is sighted by Japanese antiaircraft batteries that begin firing. They are also being hunted by Japanese night fighters. The pilot dives low towards the water to hide. Japanese fighter plane passes overhead. They resume search for convoy and lookout spots it. Radio operator informs other Black Cats via CW signal. As the Catalinas converge on the convoy, Japanese warships open fire on them.The "Cats" attack and hit a Japanese Cruiser, 2 freighters, and a tanker. One of the Catalinas is destroyed during its bomb run.
Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
Allied Operation Husky in World War 2. Opening scene shows Allied ships in task force bound for the invasion of Sicily, Italy. Barrage balloons are seen in sky overhead. At first most of the ships seen are troop transports. Then a British Escort Cruiser is seen, followed by other British warships. The British Naval Ensign flying from the masthead of a warship. More views of battleships and destroyers. Aircraft carriers in line. View from ship in the task force as it passes island off Tunisia, and then passing Cape Bon, Sicily. A British destroyer pulls to the port side of the camera ship and transfers a person by bosun's chair. (Narrator calls him a "military expert.") Glimpses of life aboard the ships of the task force. Sailors swimming in a pool aboard deck. Others repairing shoes; washing items in small buckets; and reading "soldiers Guide to Sicily." Sailors use signal lamp to communicate with other ships. Sailors man and maneuver a multi barrel bofors anti-aircraft gun, on deck. Suddenly winds pick up and the seas become very rough. Next, the seas are seen very calm. Scene shifts to North African mainland, where several trucks full of British and American paratroopers move across the sand toward C-47 aircraft that will take them behind enemy lines in Sicily. C-47s are seen parked all over the area. Paratroopers don their chutes and battle gear as they prepare to board their aircraft. Closeup of a crew chief pulling propeller through on number one engine of a parked C-47 aircraft. British paratroopers assist one another with their gear. Officer makes final check of paratroopers under his command. Closeup of British paratroopers boarding their C-47 transport aircraft, and the plane taxiing in sand and taking off. Numerous C-47s taking off as daylight wanes. Allied warships bombarding the Sicilian shore in the nighttime. Troops engaged in amphibious assault on beaches of Sicily. Battle scenes showing black flak clouds in the sky and explosions near the assault and landing craft during the amphibious operations. Black smoke rising from Allied ships struck by bombs or shelling. A landing craft, filled with Canadian soldiers, leaves a transport ship headed for the beach. Other assault boats headed for the beach. Views from the Allied beachhead on Sicilian shore. British, Canadian and American troops making their way from landing craft to the shore, guided by ropes. The march along the shore. A British scout car arrives on the beach, followed by a truck. Then tanks come ashore from large landing craft. Some troops come ashore on a DUKW amphibian vehicle. Allied troops wade ashore and smile for the camera.
Life of Soviet Georgian people of Batumi, in the Adjar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union. Adjarian people milling about on streets in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi, Adjar. Busy sidewalk cafes. Men, women, and children shop for fruits and vegetables from stalls on a street. Men at a roadside cafe. People swim at a Black Sea beach. A ship waits in the Black Sea port at Batumi, as travelers leave Batumi, in small boats, to board her. Scenes of Yalta, after the passengers arrive there. People milling about on a city street with shops in Yalta, Crimea. A horse drawn cart being pulled as it ascends toward a nearby summit of the Ai-Petri mountains. Elevated view from the mountains of Yalta toward vineyards and toward the south shore of the Black Sea.