Newsreel clip entitled "Ball Players Train in North" shows major league baseball teams holding spring training in 1943. Teams were not allowed to travel south to Florida because of World War 2 travel restrictions. First part of clip shows men (presumably baseball players) riding in a horse and buggy along a tree-lined road. Giants seen running on field and meeting with manager and Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott. Players pose for camera, all wearing long sleeves. Closeup of Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell. Giants players seen throwing at posters of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo -- Leaders of the Axis powers during the war. Players look at the posters after throwing; note patriotic war patch on Giant player's sleeve. Clip shifts to Washington Senators training camp the same year. Coach and renowned baseball clown Nick Altrock leads players in warmup drills. Players warm up in outfield, near what looks like a heating plant. Closeup of Senators pitcher Dutch Leonard throwing. Closeup of Senators owner Clark Griffith (in overcoat) talking with manager Ossie Bluege. Closeup of Bluege. Players marvel over of 7-foot player Richard Ahrens, who was signed by the Senators that spring as a possible publicity stunt; he never appeared in a minor or major league game. Washington players pretend to warm themselves up by small campfire on the field. Another shot of Altrock. (Note: There is no indication where these clips were taken but the Giants trained in Lakewood, New Jersey that spring and the Senators trained in College Park, Maryland. )
A film about an amphibious training of United States troops at Camp Gordon Johnston in Florida. An explosion occurs during a practice invasion. The troops crawl through mud as live ammunition is fired during simulated combat conditions. Soldiers crawl across a field under heavy firing. The soldiers in landing crafts approach the Florida beach and unload from the craft.
Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."
United States Army Air Forces student pilots wearing flight suits, helmets and goggles, march at an airbase in United States. A car in the background. A hangar filled with Link trainers for instrument flying training. A student pilot demonstrates the Link trainer, with the cover open. AT-6 aircraft taking off. Beech AT-10 aircraft in formation. AT-6 aircraft in formation.
A film about an amphibious training of United States troops in Florida. United States troops loaded in a landing craft during a practice invasion. The landing craft approaches the coast of Florida. Barrage balloons in flight. An explosion occurs at the beach. Soldiers unload from the landing craft and land at the beach. SCR-536 hand radio being used by the soldiers during simulated combat conditions. The soldiers fire rifles on the beach. Other landing crafts approach the beach as explosions occur. The soldiers unload and erect a flag at the beach. Landing crafts with beach mats and other engineering equipment arrive at the beach. The equipment being unloaded. The beach mats being laid out on the beach and the soldiers nail down the mats as they prepare the beachhead. A bulldozer levels the beach. Landing crafts carrying ammunition crates arrive at the coast. The soldiers unload the crates. The bulldozer pulls the crates along the beach. A signal man guides barges as they approach the shore. Military equipment being unloaded from the crafts. An engineer makes a detailed record. The equipment being unloaded.
Telephone lines laid along the Florida coast in the United States. Equipment in view during the extending of telephone lines along the Florida coast. A crane beside the train station in the town of Jewfish, Florida in the upper Florida Keys. A board on the train station building reads 'Jew Fish'. The crane at work. Florida in later years: View of rolls of telephone cables outside a building. Men laying telephone cables from a roll kept on a wheel cart. A small wooden building with a board that reads 'The New Telephone Bldg., Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company'. Another small building with a few boards. One of the boards reads 'Keeping Face With Orlands'. A large concrete building with a path in the front. Trees along the side of the path.