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.
Dedication Ceremony of the Alcan (Alaska Canadian) Highway. Shot of trucks waiting for official opening. Crowd at ceremony. Scene of American flag. Canadian mounted police at dedication ceremony. North West mounted at attention. In front of American and Canadian flags and sign "Soldier's Summit". Mounted police at attention. A girl at ceremony. Canadian and American holding respective flags. Inspector William Grennon, RCMP. Ribbon cutting ceremony. Audience applauding. Brigadier General O' Connor clapping. Sign on U.S. Army truck "First Convoy White Horse to Fairbanks November 20, 1942". Truck convoy on open highway.
Charlie Chaplin dramatizes four bonds for Canadian audiences, in a short feature called, "Some Bonds I Have Known." It was originally created in 1917 for the Canadian Government and re-released in 1942 as an incentive for Canadians to purchase War Savings Certificates. The presentation includes four skits with Chaplin describing the bonds of friendship, love, marriage and most importantly the Victory Bond. It concludes with a view of a War Savings Certificate and an appeal to viewers to buy them to "win this one."
Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Canada visits Toronto, Canada during World War II. Chinese people parade along the streets of Toronto in honor of the new Chinese Ambassador. Chinese people attend Chinese ceremonies and watch a traditional Chinese dance.
The operations of the Canada-US Ferry Command. The U.S. bombers arrive in Canada. Men disembark from the aircraft. Rows of aircraft lined up on the airfield. The airplanes in flight.
Canada hails the 3rd year of Empire Air Training. A flag and insignia of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Officers seated in chairs. Cadets enroll themselves. Air force cadets from all parts of the British Empire. An officer surrounded by cadets looks into a paper. The cadets stand in front of an aircraft. An aircraft is moved out of a hangar. Airmen walk on a airfield. An airman gets in a cockpit. The aircraft taxis and takes off. Other aircraft parked on the field. The aircraft in flight. Aerial view of a training center. Graduates stand in a formation. A close up of the graduates. A close up of a badge on a uniform which reads 'R.N.Z.A.F. New Zealand'. A graduate student marches forward and shakes hand with an officer. The officer talks to a graduate cadet. The cadets march. Canadian trained airmen on a deck wave.