Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
Newsreel clip titled "Chicago Cubs Head For Pennant Year With Lofty Hopes.' Shows Cubs at spring training camp in 1941 at Catalina Island California. Team runs around baseball field situated near mountains and houses, seen in the background. Close ups of team manager Jimmie Wilson, holding catcher's glove. Shots of Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean on pitching mound, showing young boy how to throw. Shots of Cubs players warming up their arms. Dean (#22) seen throwing to Wilson in batting cage. Pitcher Larry French (no cap) seen throwing to Cub batter who takes a weak swing. Unidentified player throws pitch to outfielder Dom Dallessandro (#31). Player slides into second base as Billy Herman (#4) practices double play. Players hold bats in mock firing position.
View of the sunken Battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) and the damaged USS Tennessee (BB-43) on Battleship row, Pearl Harbor, several days after the December 7, 1941 attack. A small dory heads toward them. Change of scene shows the USS California (BB-44) listing to port, with tugboat at starboard. She displays the Navy ensign and her deck is filled with sailors and other workers. View from boat (unseen) circling the sunken USS West Virginia. A destroyed OS2U Kingfisher Floatplane near the stern. The ship sunk, but level in the water. A sunken ship being refloated
Scenes filmed from attacking Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. View from Japanese aircraft strafing and bombing U.S. aircraft and hangars on the ground at Ford Island. Japanese Nakajima B5N (Kate) tail number 229, seen flying past the camera plane. Smoke rising from the ground below. White plumes erupt from torpedoes striking U.S. ships on opposite side of Ford Island. Japanese-captioned still photographs: Of heavy black smoke rising from bombed fuel tanks; Of a torpedo hitting the USS West Virginia; of other ships on battleship row, including the USS Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Maryland, and California.
Story Camp Hanford during the Manhattan Project in World War II. Scenes of Dr. Glenn Seaborg and colleagues: Arthur Wall, Edward McMillan, and Emilio Segre, who generated and isolated Plutonium at University of California in 1941 A sign on a container reads 'First Pure 94 (239) isolated from chain reaction source'. A model of the atomic pile under the stadium at the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi, an Italian physicist, demonstrated controlled nuclear fission, on December 2, 1942. A map shows various sites chosen for Manhattan Engineer's District. Views of desert in Southeast Washington State. The Columbia River, for cooling. Electrical towers for power supply. An aerial view of project buildings in Hanford. Construction workers selected for the project in Hanford. Construction sites. Trailer houses for the workers. An aerial view of the plant ready for operation. Inserted view of Camp Hanford abandoned, in later years.
United States Navy ship salvage activities at Pearl Harbor after the attack on Dec 7, 1941. Harbor tug USS Geronimo (YTM-119) and another tug moving the USS Califonia (BB-44) to Drydock number 2, a month after she was successfully refloated. Repair crews watch from her decks as tugs move the battleship.