Film reviews China's 4 thousand years of history. Bucolic China scene of mountains, woods, and a farmer plowing with oxen. A mass of Chinese people tightly packed together as they walk along a narrow alleyway in a town. Fleeting glimpses of two Chinese soldiers; a child; a woman; a woman and child; and numerous other Chinese people in a montage splayed across a background of moving crowds. An open book of Chinese characters. Mariners compass superimposed on an moving image of oceanliner. Views of several large scale astralobes and world globes. A Chinese worker placing porcelainware in an oven for glazing. A man spooning gunpowder into a dish, followed by glimpse of a Chinese firework igniting. Chinese paper Dragon and street celebrations. A book entitled: "Analects of Confucius," in which, on page 105, is found the admonition: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Ancient statues of two men and of two riderless horses behind them. Tall Chinese pagodas. Chinese artillery field pieces firing. Chinese troops advancing in several situations during conflict with Japan. Map of china and illustration of Japanese Samuri warrior emblazoned across it. A book entitled: "The Tanaka Memorial,(Japan's Dream of World Empire)." A Still photograph of Japanese Foreign Minister Baron Tanaka Giichi in military uniform, with other Japanese officers. Excerpts shown, ostensibly from this book. Emperor Hirohito is seen with Baron Tanaka, and other officers, all in military uniforms, in front of a tent, circa 1928. Automated map ostensibly illustrates the elements of a Japanese plan of conquest, starting with Manchuria for raw materials; the absorption of China for manpower; followed by a sweep South for riches of the Indies and Australia; and lastly a sweep Eastward to crush the United States. More views of crowds of Chinese people are followed by an. animated map illustrating early World War 2 events, including Nazi Operation Barbarosa against Russia, approved by Hitler in 1940, and the Nazi occupations of Denmark, Norway, and other European countries. (Note: Actual existence of the so-called "Tanaka Memorial Imperialist Conquest Plan" is a subject of debate among historians.)
Series 'Why We Fight' episode "Prelude to War" depicts the battles during World War II. United States soldiers parade on street lead by a band. Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.December 7, 1941. The London Blitz with buildings destroyed and burning. The Eiffel Tower in Paris with Nazi flag flying atop it. German troops marching into Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. Japanese warplanes bombing shanghai, China, in 1937. Chinese residents running for shelter. Glimpse of German "Schwerer Gustav" 80 cmrailway gun firing during German offensive against Soviet Union in 1941. German forces entering Czechoslovakia in 1938. German mounted troops entering France in 1940. Heavy guns firing. German ships en route to Norway 1940. German Ju-52 aircraft flying low over trees. Montage showing rapid succession of war scenes, including heavy guns firing, smoke rising, explosions, an aircraft shot down and crashing straight down, German armor on the move, German Ju-52 aircraft dropping paratroopers into Holland and one flying over Athens, Greece, with Mount Lykabettus in the background. More of the same with Narrator mentioning Belgium, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Russia (where citizens are seen digging anti-tank trenches and fortifications). Cavalry charging across a field. A German tank rolling forward. A German Dornier Do-17 bomber taking off, and bombs falling.
The war crimes trial in Tokyo, Japan after World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo answers the questions during the trial. U.S. Major General P.J. Mueller, Chief of Staff and party seated in the court room. Tojo being cross examined about sending of troops into French Indo China. Tojo states that the Indo China problem was discussed in a message from President Roosevelt to the Emperor. In answer as to when troops were sent there, he says around 20 September 1940 and this was done after arrangements had been made with the Vichy Government of France.
U.S. propaganda war film about Japan and its people, and its intentions in World War 2. Actor narrator impersonates Japanese man and mocks Americans. Japanese people work to help Japan win war. Japanese people work on a farm. People in boats at a waterway. Sacred fishes in a pool. Soldiers hold Japanese flags as they cheer Bonzai in a victory celebration after battle. High altitude view of buildings in an area. Bombardment in a city. Destroyed houses, buildings and rubble on the ground of Japanese cities. U.S. warplanes fly in formation. Aerial view of a Japanese city. People walk on the street. Vehicles pass on street. Ship 'Argentina Maru' docked at a Japanese harbor. People sow rice seeds on the farm. Narrator (actor impersonating a Japanese person) mocks Americans as being soft. View in a U.S. town of cars parked along the sides of a main street. U.S. 1940's cars. Jockey's Ball banner. People queue at theater box office and in train stations. U.S. nightclubs, bars, and casinos. U.S. people at beach. Japanese industry and munitions factories. Ships underway at sea. U.S. Marines carry a dead soldier on stretcher. U.S. Marines coming ashore and Japanese soldiers fighting in Pacific islands such as Gualalcanal and Tarawa. Forces of both sides fire guns and artillery. Smoke from bombardment. Ragged Japanese forces surrendering to U.S. forces. Japan's best forces shown marching in formation and review. Young Japanese soldiers in training. Japanese children study in a school. Burning Japanese city following attack. Japanese citizen refugees flee; one woman crawls across a railroad track. Japanese exercise to stay fit. Japanese soldiers execute two men (China?). Prisoners held by Japan in forced labor; others executed. U.S. prisoners emaciated and injured in Philippines. Japanese soldiers deploy for war at train station.
British narrated film discusses people and climate of the United States. Shots of CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) President John L Lewis and Father Coughlin speaking. Harlem street scene. Crowd entering a subway station in New York City. Newspaper headlines posted in China Town New York. Storefronts of Greek and Italian merchants in downtown New York City. Signs seen include 'Grande Deposito Dolio Doliva,' and 'Anthony Coulapides, manufacturer of high grade cigarettes.' Hebrew writing and star of David seen on side of building. Buildings with Spanish language signs in New York. A parade float with Virgin Mary depiction. Wide shot of a vineyard. View of a water wheel turning at a mill. Boys skinny dipping. 1930's and 1940's era cars on deep snow covered roads of an American town. Homes in deep snow. People recline on a beach in Florida in winter while on the same day in New Hampshire people ski, some pulled by horses. People slip while walking across a street during a blizzard. A boy takes removes an apple from an icebox (early refrigerator). Dust storms in farm country of the midwest during the dust bowl. Man races across a field toward a barn as a dust storm bears down on it. A farmer leads his horses out of a corral. A farm is destroyed by dust storms during the dust bowl. A family piles their remaining things on a farm truck and abandons their farm destroyed by the dust bowl. A poor family in a shack in the River Mississippi Valley area.
A U.S. propaganda film about Japan during World War 2 depicts psychology and living habits of Japanese people. Japanese mythology explains the origin of the Imperial Family. Japanese people celebrate the 2600 anniversary of mythological founding of Japan in 1940. Men, women and children parade with Japanese flags. A huge crowd gathers for the celebration. United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull visits Japan. Secretary Hull arrives in a conference to discuss about peace in the Pacific Theater. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt speaks about the diplomatic efforts to maintain peace in the Pacific Theater. President Roosevelt seated on a ship with General Douglas MacArthur on one side and Admiral Chester Nimitz on the other. Japanese Ambassador Nomura hands a document to Ambassador Hull after the attack on the Pearl Harbor had actually begun one hour earlier (unbeknownst to the meeting attendees). The document states the Japanese Government's wish to continue negotiations for peace. Scenic views in Japan. Japanese people in Japan. Japanese soldiers in China comitting atrocities against Chinese. Two men shot at point blank range and bodies of Chinese children seen following attacks.