Chart showing U.S. Coast Guard routes across the North Atlantic during World War Two. Scenes of the rugged Greenland landscape. Views of the Greenland Cryolite mine. A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter berthed at the pier near the mine. Greenlanders working in the open pit cryolite mine with jackhammers and steam shovels. U.S. Coast Guard officers seated, conferring with Danish Naval officer. James K. Penfield, first United States consul in Greenland looks on and interjects a comment, while pointing at a map. Supplies being transferred to a Greenland small boat. Two German meteorologists pose by their small weather station. German flag seen in background. View inside the German weather station, shows instruments, clip boards, weather maps, and radio equipment.
Native Inuit people of Greenland seen on beds in Greenland. An outdoor porch lined with beds and women in the beds. A nurse tucks a child into bed with his mother. Other beds are occupied by Greenland native women. Inuit men, women and children watch an animated comic movie about Humpty Dumpty.
Overseas activities of U.S. Coast Guard in World War 2. View from ship bow in heavy North Atlantic seas. A map shows Greenland. U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard Cutter in Greenland waters with mountains and snow behind. U.S. Coast Guard officers conferring with Danish Naval officer. James K. Penfield, first United States consul in Greenland, being brought ashore by U.S. Coast Guard officers. Coast Guardsmen supplying food and supplies to natives of Greenland. Views of Greenland's Cryolite mine with men rappelling down its sides. Coast Guardsmen, released from U.S. service, and employed as armed guards, by the Government of Greenland, are seen protecting the Cryolite mine. Topographic survey of Greenland being conducted by Coast Guard personnel. Coast Guard two-place Bi-wing float plane is seen at rest in harbor and then later taking off.. U.S. Coast Guardsmen install, and test fire,a 3 inch gun, to protect a Greenland harbor. Coast guardsmen capture and occupy radio stations planted by Germans in Greenland. Newspaper from December 14,1944 describes how three German Arctic expeditions were broken up by the U.S. Coast Guard. A ship is torpedoed and burns in convoy of ships in North Atlantic Captain of another ship observes through binoculars. Several crew members are rescued from a raft. Coast Guard Cutter fires depth charges. Ships fire deck guns and antiaircraft guns against enemy. Destroyer Escort Savage (DE-386) at sea, manned by U.S. Coast Guard crew.. Admiral Russell R. Waesche decorates Coast Guardsmen. Coast Guard Cutter "Hamilton", the first American warship torpedoed in the Atlantic in WWII. Commandant Russell Waesche gives a statement in Washington D.C.
A sign, bearing images of the American and Danish flags, reads, in Danish and English: "Dance Tonight." At bottom of the sign is a silhouette of the ship and the words: " U.S.C.G. Northland." Local Greenland native Inuit couples dance to the accompaniment of a local band of musicians. The location appears to be a small gymnasium, with a basketball hoop seen at one end. Several of the dancers appear to be U.S. Coast Guardsmen. A large group of spectators stand on a balcony overlooking the gym dance floor. Many young women are seen. Some enjoy refreshments. The hall is adorned with a huge American flag, in front of which a life preserver, from the ship, is suspended. Lettering on it reads: "Northland. U.S. Coast Guard."
View from conning tower of surfaced German submarine (U-boat) underway in the North Atlantic, during World War 2. Crew scans horizon and see Allied ships. They alert their captain, who comes on deck to confirm their finding of targets off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Animated sequence shows how U-Boat maneuvers. The U-boat teletypes information to its headquarters where German Admiral Karl Doenitz, Commander of the U-boat fleet, is seen with his staff. His charts show area of encounter, between Labrador and Greenland. Doenitz staff wires instructions to the U-boat. View of radio operators and morse code messaging. Views of crew at duty stations inside the submarine. Two U-boats proceeding at high speed on the surface. They are shown in animated sequence. Smoke from burning Allied ship on the horizon. The U-boats come under fire. Shells burst nearby in water. View inside U-boat as it crash dives. Dishes and other items slide and fall inside the U-boat. Animated sequence shows several U-boats moving relative to the convoy. Views of crew poised silently inside submerged sub. Sound of Allied destroyer propellers overhead and explosion of depth charges. Water sprays into U-boat as depth charge causes damage. View on deck of surfaced submarine. U-boat pack circling the convoy. View inside submerged U-boat torpedoing a ship. Inside engine room of boat. Animation shows most ships in convoy being sunk and faster warships trying to escape. Torpedoes being loaded and fired. Explosions from ships hit by torpedoes. Surfaced U-boat firing its deck gun at night. Oil burning on water surface.
King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, of Denmark, receive a royal welcome in Godthab (Nuuk), the capital of Greenland. They walk along a raised platform and receive gifts from local citizens. The Queen receives a local costume from two women dressed, themselves, in traditional garb. A Greenland Girl Scout, in uniform, presents a purse to the Queen. The King speaks to the gathering of people seated on chairs facing the platform. In a change of scene, The King and Queen step from a car to attend a ceremony. The Queen wears the national costume, which is shown by the camera, as the Royal couple sit for the event. Greenlanders in a stadium cheer them.