A Soviet submarine underway in the Black Sea during World War II. Animated map depicts the advance of Russian forces in the Crimean Peninsula and surrounding Sevastopol. A soviet submarine moving on the surface of the Black Sea. Sailor on deck signalling with semaphore flags, and the Captain looking through binoculars. The Captain signals for all on deck to go below. Inside the submarine, the signal to dive is sounded. Brief view from conning tower as the sub begins to submerge. View of the Captain at his periscope. A torpedo is fired and ship is seen exploding in distance.
Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 bombers on a grass field with engines running. View of bomb load under wing of one. A crashed German aircraft on the field. A German bomb labelled "Nur gegen handelsshiffe" (only against commercial vessels). Soviet ground crews moving bombs on dollies. Squadron of Pe-2 bombers taking off. View of Soviet crew in cockpit and view of waterway beneath with a ship moving in it. A formation of Soviet YAK fighter aircraft in flight. Formation of Pe-2 bombers and crews in cockpits as they release their bombs. A ship on the water seen from cockpit of low flying Pe-2 with aircraft engine and prop visible. A ship exploding and burning. Soviet navigator in bomber using a slide rule. Formation of Soviet bombers and formation of Soviet fighter planes.
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.
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.
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.
A newsreel titled 'Black, white, and cool' shows models displaying white kid gloves,white suede kid sandals and white hand bags at the Saint Regis Hotel in New York City. A model displays her black summer dress. Another model shows a matching dress and parasol combination "to avoid freckles" according to narrator Vicki Vola. A mother and daughter in matching cotton plaid dresses.