Coast artillerymen fire antiaircraft guns in Fort MacArthur, California. Men on a sea coast. Battery B of 63rd Coast Artillerymen, preparing antiaircraft guns. Flying targets being fired at and targets hit. Antiaircraft guns, mounted on turrets, placed in a line on the coast. Antiaircraft guns fired at flying targets by the coast artillerymen. The flying targets blown into pieces. A few men on the coast, watch. More antiaircraft guns fire at targets, and hit the targets, breaking the record. A few artillerymen prepare tents at night.
The life of General Douglas MacArthur. He is appointed Chief of Staff, with rank of full General, in 1930. General MacArthur with two French military officers, during a tour of Europe. He is decorated by French Officials. MacArthur visits Germany and inspects German troops. U.S. President Roosevelt reappoints MacArthur as Chief of the Staff. Scenes of MacArthur's headquarters in the Philippines. MacArthur at his office in the Philippines with Eisenhower at his side. MacArthur talks into a telephone. MacArthur supervises the creation of a Philippine Army. The training of the Philippine Army. Japanese planes drop bombs over the Pearl Harbor. View of Corregidor Island. Soldiers on Corregidor load and fire artillery at the Japanese. U.S. soldiers in the Bataan peninsula. Start of the Bataan death march. PT boat carrying MacArthur leaves Corregidor. War equipment prepared in factories. A battleship underway to Australia. MacArthur in Australia. U.S. convoy moves towards Japanese held islands in the Pacific. Allied soldiers land on the islands. A soldier lands on a beach and raises the American Flag. MacArthur points at Japan on a map and discuss war strategy. In accordance to the plan key positions in the Pacific are attacked. MacArthur looks as Allied soldiers land on the islands. MacArthur while smoking a pipe inspects the landing of Allied soldiers on islands behind heavy bombardment. Amphibious tractors land on a beach. Allied paratroops make a landing. MacArthur confers with Allied Commanders. On one of the islands Japanese soldiers are taken as prisoners.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
Originating at Fort Ord the U.S. Army Filipino Infantry regiments moved their training to Camp Roberts and Hunter-Liggett, California during World War 2. Different scenes of life in garrison and in the field. Tents are lined up in "tent city." Commander of 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment, Colonel Robert H Offley with members of his staff in front of their Headquarters building. Regimental Band plays on the field at Camp Hunter-Liggett. Mountains are in the background. Headquarters of 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiment at Camp Cooke. Its Commander, Colonel Charles L. Clifford in a jeep. Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel, Jaime Velasquez, formerly on General MacArthur's staff, seen giving a tactical briefing in the field. A sign reads "Guard House, 2nd Filipino Infantry." Soldiers learning to operate radio. Troops indulge in recreational activities such as cipa and yo-yo. Roasting pigs (lechons) for special occasions. Color guard on the field. Select 2nd Filipino Infantry soldiers receive bolo knives. Troops charging with bolos! "ON TO BATAAN!"
At request of President Kennedy, General Douglas MacArthur arbitrated a dispute between America's Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and National Athletic Association (NCAA). (The NCAA,objected to the AAU's monopoly on the selection of U.S. Olympic teams and sought to participate in the process. The AAU, traditionally sole representative of the United States in international athletic matters, sought to continue as such.) Opening scenes show MacArthur and representatives of the AAU and NCAA being photographed by newsmen at his apartment at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York City. They settle down at a conference table. MacArthur is seated at the head of the table. To his right are: Walter Byers, NCAA Executive Director; and Dr. Mason W. Cross, NCAA President. To MacArthur's left are: William P. Russell, U.S. Track & Field president;AAU attorneys, Pincus Sober and Albert Wheltle; Don Hull, AAU executive director, and Louis Fisher, AAU president. In change of scene, competitors are seen in the women's 60 yard dash at the Olympic Track and Field trials in Los Angeles. It is won by Marilyn White, who poses smiling for the camera. A large sign shows the bar set at 15 feet 8 inches for the pole vault event. Dave Tork, of West Virginia is shown gracefully clearing the bar and landing in a bed of foam rubber. Next, 5 contenders are seen in the mile run event, which is won by Jim Grelle, who puts on a burst of speed in the last half lap of the race. Grelle smiles for the camera.
Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall