Closeup of two Nationalist Chinese soldiers with their flag flying on tall flagpole in background. Next, countless numbers of Chinese soldiers are seen marching along the Great Wall during World War 2. Newspaper article reads: "52,000 Japanese fall at Changsha." Animated map depicts China and environs, with major cities. Areas of Japanese occupation are shown in black. The city of Changsha is highlighted by a circle. Japanese force is shown massing at Yochow, near Ting Tung Hu Lake, and advancing on 24 December, 1941, toward Changsha. The map shows Chinses forces putting up token resistance and retreating to the East (rather than toward Changsha) and Japanese forces beginning assault on Changsha, New year's Day, 1942. Map shows the Chinese forces from the East attacking and cutting the Japanese supply lines. Japanese forces besieging Changsha are forced to retreat under counter attack by the Chinese. A field artillery piece being fired by Chinese forces and explosion and smoke from its shell striking. More field artillery being fired. Japanese forces carrying their Rising Sun flag as they retreat under fire. Chinese infantry firing from a berm A Japanese soldier falls to gunfire. Japanese soldiers retreating across a narrow improvised bridge across a swamp. Chinese soldier next to a building, firing a Czech ZB vz. 26 light machine gun. Japanese running with horses through a village. Chinese gunner firing Japanese Type 92 machine gun down on Japanese troops retreating across a bridge below. Another Chinese soldier firing a Czech 26 light machine gun, from hill overlooking retreating Japanese troops, below. Victorious Nationalist Chinese troops parading in celebration along a road high above buildings of a town below in background. Men in Khaki pants and white shirts parading. Girs in white dresses, carrying Chinese flags. Soldiers marching (without weapons) celebrating.
Scenes of Japanese military activities in China, circa 1938 through 1942. Animated map shows thrusts of Japanese military forces at Guangzhou (Canton); Changsha to the North and points West circa 1938. A captured airfield with destroyed and damaged aircraft. A destroyed P-40 with Thunderbird image on its wing. A damaged P-40 parked in the grass displaying painted teeth motif of the Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force). A scrap heap of airplane parts, at least one displaying the American star in circle insignia. A tattered map on Bulletin Board showing a logo on part of China. A village near the airfield. Japanese troops board a camouflaged barge to cross a river. A Japanese Ki-27 (Nate) airplane in flight overhead. Column of Japanese troops wending their way along a hillside. Smoke rising from explosions in a port town, with water and hill in background. Bombed out buildings in a town. Japanese infantry and an officer on horseback enter virtually deserted Chinese town. Camouflaged Japanese army vehicles and artillery travel on dusty road. A Ki-27 airplane flies low overhead. Japanese artillerymen set up 120mm gun and rangefinder. Battery of Japanese 120mm guns firing. Wreckage of an American B-25 aircraft. Wreckage of more Allied warplanes. Map showing Formosa; Wenzhou, opposite, on Chinese mainland; and Philippine Islands. Arrows depict Japanese military movements from the Ryukyu Islands.
Japanese troops advance on Changsha in China. View of boats in a lake. Japanese bombers bombard at the mountains and field in China. Explosions over the mountains. Japanese troops go with artillery to attack. They fire artillery. Wreckage and debris. Japanese troops bombard and fire. Battles ensue and Japanese win. Exterior of a building. Japanese troops on horses.
A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
Animated map shows Japanese counter-attack from Changsha and Canton against American forces moving towards Fuchow. View of a deserted airfield near Kweilin where Japanese ousted Americans. Artillery shells. Transporter train passes away.
Japanese war crime trials at International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan. USN (United States Navy) Commander Cole presents American phase of Class B offenses and reads out the murder of three American airmen in Changsha, China and the indiscriminate bombing of Hankow.