Celebes, Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Air-Sea Rescue June 11, 1945. View from low flying aircraft of a 13th Air Force B-24 ditched in Japanese-controlled waters off the coast of Celebes, NEI. A Catalina PBY flying boat of the Jungle Air Force's 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron, lands and picks up the B-24 crew. However, as it takes off on the water, it founders and crashes, killing three men. An accompanying PBY lands immediately and picks up all survivors who are aboard a rubber raft. Crew members on the wing of the PBY, help survivors aboard.
Battle of Palembang, Indonesia, in World War 2. Japanese Kawasaki Ki-56 transport aircraft flying overhead in formation, begin dropping paratroopers. The sky is filled with their chutes. Next scene shows many struggling to make their way through knee-deep swampy jungles, where they landed. Most of their arms and ammunition were lost in the swamps. They finally emerge to attack lightly defended facilities of the Dutch Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij (BPM) and Nederlandsche Koloniale Petroleum Maatschappij (NKPM),a refinery for the American Standard Oil Company. Japanese soldiers are seen after a day's battle with the defending contingent of Royal Netherlands East Indies Army home guard. A rear guard group of them and Dutch technicians, are made prisoners. Shell fired by departing Dutch forces strike oil storage tanks. Smoke rises in several places and one very heavy black smoke plume rises near the camera. Soon the area is a blazing inferno. The Japanese troops succeed in confining fires to the oil tanks, extinguish them, and save the cracking towers and other essential oil refinery structures. The Japanese flag is seen atop one. (Note: Two technicians seen in white, at TC: 02:05, are BPM workers. The one on the left is Christiaan Stapels. He died at a Japanese prisoner of war camp in June 1945.)
The Battle of Balikpapan in Netherlands East Indies during World War II. U.S. underwater demolition teams on a navy patrol boat prepare explosive charges for an attack on the underwater defenses of Balikpapan. Men spill out of their larger craft into a rubber boat alongside and then into the sea. The explosive packs are thrown overboard, timed with each man's take off. Many kinds of equipment, mine detonators, measuring lines and firearms are used for the mission. Men place explosives on shore defenses. Men are picked up after the job is done.
Japanese military operation in World War 2. Japanese writing on map. Formation of Japanese Kawasaki Ki-56 (Thalia) transport planes fly over Celebes, Dutch East Indies. Explosion over the mountains. Aerial views show the smoking ruins below. Japanese paratroops parachute downward. They assemble and go into action. They fire a field gun. The Japanese Navy flag. An officer gives orders.
Japanese Naval officers and civilian broadcasters announce Japanese Naval victories off the Netherlands East Indies and off Malaya. Japanese planes bomb British naval battleships Repulse and Prince of Wales off Malaya. Flashback shows Vessels.1942.
Artillery batteries of British and Canadian forces, under command of Field Marshal Montgomery, bombard German positions on the German-Dutch border.British artillery firing BL 4.5 inch Medium Guns and 155mm heavy guns, in an 11 hour bombardment of German positions east of Nijmegen, Netherlands. Snow covers the ground. A British Land Mattress rocket launcher firing a salvo of 3-inch rockets. I Infantry of 1st Canadian Army, under command of General H.T.G Crerar, march toward an area between the Mars and Rhine rivers. They move through forest of the Reichswald, where they encounter Siegfried Line obstacles. British and Canadian tanks using heavy chain mine flails are seen beating their way through mine fields. Infantry in single file silhouetted against a light sky. Canadian Sherman tanks advancing with infantry. One is labeled "Spitfire II." Churchill tanks and heavy vehicles advance, including Churchill AVRE fascine mat-laying vehicles and Churchill ARKs (Armoured Ramp Carriers). Sherman tanks pass, including one named "Diana." British Armor pushing through rain-soaked and partly flooded towns towing BL 4.5 guns. They reach Kleve (formerly spelled Cleve) on February 11, 1945. Roadside sign reads: "Reichs-Grenze"(Border of Germany). Sherman tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade firing point blank on city street in Kleve. British troops taking cover behind tank destroyer moving slowly along street. Large number of German prisoners of war being marched to an assembly area. British infantry continuing their advance toward Goch, Germany.