Views of Goodyear's Powder Manufacturing Plant being built in Charlestown Indiana. Colonel Hardy, Roland Gray and other Goodyear Company and U.S. military officials are seen discussing the project blueprints. Views of roads, buildings, "igloos" for storing powder. Earth moving machinery at work including "earth movers" and bulldozers. Women workers seated near administration offices. Workers gathered around a bus labeled the "Pay Wagon" to receive pay. Workers training to sew powder bags, and training with cracked corn to fill the bags. Views of new fire department and police cruisers in the town. Firemen do a demonstration with water hoses and form a "V" for victory with water jets. Management team for Goodyear emerges from building down stairs. Car traffic on surrounding roads exiting after day's work. Goodyear managers examining powder bag samples.
U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary depicts how rural America used machines to achieve production at a terrible cost to the land and people including erosion and poverty. Cargo ships with wheat yield underway off shore. Smoke from the ship stacks. Industrial areas and wheat fields. Farm land and terrace farms. Farmers with horses work on farms and in fields. Cattle graze in fields. Patterned fields to hold the soil. Patterned land enriched with phosphate. Farmers talk about their land and farming problems. Farming and farmland in the Carolinas, Oregon, New Mexico, Indiana, Texas Plains and parts of the North West United States. Houses in Pennsylvania. A farmer with his wife and child look over their farm. Tilled land. Homeless people wait for government supplied food. Machines at work in fields and on farms.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
A basketball match between Indiana and Kansas for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) crown being held in Kansas, United States . A crowd in a stadium. A banner reads: 'Kansas NCAA Champs'. The match in progress. The crowd cheers and applauds. Indiana wins the match.
A U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas B-18 bomber burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor. At first it is obscured by flames and smoke. United States soldiers run around the burning aircraft. Cars and other army vehicles drive past the burning aircraft. A fire fighter is seen on the broken wing of the airplane, directing water on the fuselage, while flames and smoke are all around. The nose canopy is missing from the bomber and half the right wing and engine are broken off. Its tail is damaged. Burned out remains of the aircraft is shown at end of film.
New York Daily News headline reads 'Japan at war with U.S.' Journal American newspaper headline reads:'US votes war'. Boxes of M-1 ammunition being off-loaded from a ship and placed on a roller conveyer. U.S. Army tank, trucks, and aircraft ready for shipment overseas.