The four engine seaplane Blériot 5190 (possibly the first one, called ‘Santos-Dumont’, named in memory of a friend of Blériot) descends a ramp into the water and takes off in Dakar, French West Africa. The Bleriot 5190 floatplane in flight. Views of the amphibious aircraft as it flies.
Allied invasion of North West Africa during World War II. Coastline of Dakar, Senegal. A harbor in Dakar with ships at th harbor. A map of North West Africa depicts the location of Dakar. Aerial views of the city of Casablanca, Morocco. A harbor in Algiers, Algeria. Ships in the harbor. A large Allied invasion convoy underway in the Atlantic Ocean as aircraft fly overhead. American soldiers aboard a troops ship. U.S. aircraft carrier underway at sea. U.S. Navy Douglas Devastator TBD-1 and Dauntless SBD-1 take off from the deck of the aircraft carrier. United States troops climb down cargo nets and onto barges. Enemy aircraft in flight as they attack the Allied ships. Smoke rises as naval guns fire at the coastline. U.S. soldiers land on the shore and get off barges.
Vichy French officials and youth in the Sahara Desert in Africa. French youth labor on Oran-Dakar railroad in the desert. Vehicles driven. Men lay a railroad line. A train on a railroad track. Vichy French officials including French Navy Admiral Francois Darlan arrive at a desert outpost. They review an Arab honor guard. They witness dances and Arab cavalry maneuvers.
French youth labor on the Oran-Dakar railroad in the Sahara Desert. A man operates a machinery. Young men lift steel rails. They place the steel rails upon the sleepers. A train moves on the tracks through a hilly terrain. The train arrives at a desert outpost. The Vichy French officials, including Admiral Francois Darlan detrain. They review an Arab honor guard. The officials are greeted and welcomed. Soldiers on horses and camels. The officials view Arab cavalry maneuvers and dances.
Start of the 2nd Italo-Ethiopian War (Second Italo-Abyssinian War).Map shows Red Sea, Arabian peninsula, and Africa, and highlighting Ethiopia and its capital, Addis Ababa, along with Djibouti and the regions of Erythree (Eritrea) and Somalie Italienne (Italian Somaliland). Following border controversies, Narrator states the matter came to a head when Italian and Ethiopian elements clashed at Welwel oasis (aka Walwal, or Ual-Ual).on November 26, and again, on December 4, 1934. Views of League of Nations council reviewing the situation. (They later concluded, on October 7, 1935, that Italy violated Article 12 of the League Covenant, by its invasion on October 3rd.) Crowds are seen demonstrating in Ethiopia. Italian forces are seen embarked on a ship as part of Italy's force buildup. Italian forces, including armor and infantry, are seen in their wholesale invasion from Eritrea, into Ethiopia, on October 3, 1935. With war declared, Ethopian troops muster in areas of the Capital, Addis Ababa. Ethopian tribesmen are seen answering the call to arms
Peaceful scenes of pre-war England, showing a church with sheep grazing on its lawn, and college building. In contrast, explosion and results of German bombing is shown, with buildings collapsing and ruined. A long line of Chinese soldiers marching along the Great Wall of china. Shadows of three Japanese bombers flying over Chinese landscape. On May 4, 1942, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek decorates American fliers who made the first attack on Tokyo in World War 2. Wearing a Chinese decoration around his neck, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, who led that raid by U.S. B-25 bombers from the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, poses with Madame Chiang and others of his group. Scenes of Moscow, Soviet Russia, including a T-70 light tank moving rapidly along a city street. A Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 dive bomber taking off in a snow storm. U.S. troops on a halftrack in North Africa. British artillerymen firing a 25 pounder in the desert. Glimpses of smoke rising from enemy strikes at cities in England, Russia, and China. Scenes of destruction. Brief street scenes of unscarred towns and cities in the United States. Defense workers in America going to work at Ranger Aircraft Engines factory (later part of Fairchild Aircraft and Engine Corporation), and a star flag showing war service by worker families. Farmers in Western U.S. harvesting grain. Railroad trains and river barges carrying harvest from U.S. farms. Herds of cattle and sheep being raised for the war effort in Western U.S. Aerial view of orchards and farms in America. A mining bucket filled with iron ore. Barge carrying the ore. A steel mill in operation. Scrap iron being recycled. View from production floor of U.S. bomber aircraft being built in a defense plant. Countless freight cars in a railroad marshaling yard at a port, where a tug boat and a freighter are seen in the water. War materiel piled up at the port. A convoy of supply ships underway.