The capture of Green Islands in the Solomons by U.S. troops during World War II. Tactical maneuver of bypassing some Japanese held islands and advancing to more strategic positions is explained. U.S. ships and a landing craft underway. Barrage balloons in flight overhead. A man aboard a ship looks through binoculars. Soldiers aboard a landing craft underway. Japanese aircraft flying in formation overhead. Soldiers firing anti aircraft guns from the ships and landing craft towards the aircraft. Smoke rises as the airplanes explode. The remaining Japanese airplanes withdraw. Enemy held positions are being fired at. Smoke rises in the foreground. A landing craft arrives at a shore. Soldiers aboard trucks come out of the landing craft and advance on the island. A man watching in the foreground through a camera mounted on a tripod. Aircraft flying in formation overhead. The soldiers clear an area for the construction of a runway with the help of a bulldozer. They lay dynamite in the area as they are not able to clear the area completely with the bulldozer.
Propaganda film 'The Price of Rendova' documents the taking of Rendova Island in the Solomon Islands during World War II. A naval task force assembles at Guadalcanal. Cargo is hoisted. Animated map shows the strategic importance of Rendova Island and that it is taken in order to facilitate operations against the air base at Munda. General MacArthur with other officers. Face of older officer. Big naval guns fire. Faces of tired and worried G.I.s. Landing crafts with soldiers are unloaded from a ship and they move towards Rendova Island. Amphibious vehicles land on the island. Troops take positions on the island. The island is covered with tall trees. Marines are attacked by Japanese snipers. The troops advance on the island. Coconut logs on the ground. The troops fire artillery. Explosions occur and smoke rises. Dead Japanese soldiers on the ground. Soldiers talk on a radio device. Signal officers wave semaphore flags to signal the troops on a beachhead. Essential materials needed for war, medical supplies and food are unloaded from a ship onto the landing crafts.
A training film titled 'The Kwajalein Operations' on the operations of U.S. forces on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands during World War II. A map locates islands in the Pacific Ocean. Animation depicts the area invaded by U.S. forces. The Gilbert Islands, the Solomon Islands, Midway Island, Tarawa and other islands located on the map. U.S. lines of communication on various islands. Kwajalein Atoll on the map. The atoll is selected as a base for U.S. forces. It is selected because of various benefits which would prove useful during the invasion of the Marshall Islands. Bases and installations on Kwajalein Atoll.
The men of the 182nd Infantry Regiment stand at "Present Arms" in a formal ceremony held in the jungles of Bougainville in May, 1944. U.S. Major General O.W. Griswold speaks into a microphone in a field and troops line up in the background. The Major General decorates solders as he pins medals onto their uniforms, in recognition of their defense of Hill 260, redubbed 'Bunker Hill' in honor of the 182nd Army Division, whose history can be traced back to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Major General speaks into the microphone. Troops march in parade. Allied band and troops with color guard pass in review. Soldiers unveil a poster that reads ' Bunker Hill Road' depicting an eagle flying in front of the Japanese 'rising sun' flag. A band plays at the ceremony. Those awarded at the ceremony include, amongst many others, Sgt Edward Monahan, Sgt William Joyce, Sgt Daniel Ramsey, and Private First Class John P. Correggio.
The U.S. turns offensive against Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. U.S. Liberator bomber planes fly towards island of New Britain. Map of New Britain. Pilots in the cockpit pull a trigger and drop bombs on the island. An invasion fleet moves towards the island. U.S. Marines land on the island and move forward. A map shows Makin Islands. U.S. Planes drop bombs on a Japanese ship. The planes drop bombs on a Japanese airstrip causing the destruction of the Japanese planes. The 6th U.S. Army General and Lieutenant Colonel James Roosevelt on a ship with other officers. Sailors climb down step ladders and move into a boat. A Japanese bomber is driven off and another is hit. Amphibious Forces land on the beach. Dead Japanese soldiers on the island. Japanese are defeated and Prisoners of War taken. A map shows Bougainville in the Solomons Islands. Troop reinforcements land.
United States Marine Corps of 5th Marine Regiment undergo individual combat training in Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, during World War II in Pacific theater. Group of Marines practice individual knife fighting. They demonstrate different types of holds during the practice.