On the joint force assault by the American Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force against the Japanese on the island of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Mariana islands. A map of the Mariana Island in the Pacific, occupied by the Japanese forces. Map of the Guadalcanal. U.S. troops advance in jungles, reach ashore in inflated boats and land on beachheads. Grim faced soldiers marching in the Marshall Islands. Map shows advancement of U.S. forces in Japanese occupied areas. Map shows location of the Marianas Island. U.S. troops aboard landing crafts reach ashore. Face of commander as he yells to comrades. Scenes of battle between the American and the Japanese forces. Landing ship tanks (LST) advance on beach head. Sounds of heavy artillery shelling. U.S. troops advance on beach under heavy enemy fire. Joint Assault Force attacks the island of Guam. Guam is finally reclaimed by the U.S. forces. The U.S. flag is planted on Guam.
Camera pans across North airfield on Guam, Mariana Islands, in World War 2. Next a large group of Airmen are seen standing around a shiny B-29 bomber parked on the ramp. It has "K333" stenciled on left side of its forward fuselage. Its tail number is 42-224802. (This B-29 is named "Purple Shaft," but that is not stenciled on its left side.) The airmen walk around and examine it. Next, The aircraft commander, Lieutenant Warren Richard Aylsworth is seen speaking with a Captain, as they stand next to the plane. Others join in the conversation. (Note: The plane is scheduled to fly to Tinian this night, the 20th, but will land at Saipan, instead, because runway lights were not yet operational on Tinian. The "Purple Shaft" will be the first B-29 to arrive at Tinian, the following day, December 21, 1944.)
Allied campaign against the Axis in 1944 during World War II. Exteriors of a building in Tehran, Iran where the Tehran Conference took place in 1943. Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seated outside the building after the conference. A map depicts United States campaign against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater. U.S. troops land at the Marshal Islands. Troops fire and advance in Palau islands. Soldiers wade through water. Flakes burst and explosions occur at sea near Saipan. U.S. troops advance inland in Guam. A blind soldier walks.
Newsreel titled 'Complete Victory on Guam'. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) firing at Japanese soldiers at Point Chonito. Trees destroyed by firing of the soldiers. General Holland Smith of the USMC watches his men advance and capture their position. Dead Japanese soldiers at their hideouts. Destroyed posts and watch towers of the Japanese forces. The USMC soldiers salute the U.S. Flag raised after their victory.
United States Army77th Infantry Division in Guam, Japan during the Guam Operations of World war II. Soldiers aboard an army jeep passes over a dirt road in a forest area. A jeep convoy loaded with supplies. The soldiers seated along the road. A dead Japanese man in a small hut. A burning United States M-4 Sherman tank. Soldiers examine two burning Japanese tanks.
Views from a U.S. warship shelling shoreline, near Agana, Guam, in preparation for amphibious assault, during World War 2. Smoke rising from shoreline as shells strike. Tracers visible from the camera ship and smoke rising from her guns as she fires. The USS Minneapolis (CA-36) seen close to shore. Smoke rising from naval gunfire, as shells burst at shoreline. A U.S. airplane flies low over shoreline, laying a smoke screen. Heavy barrages from U.S. warships raise heavy smoke as shells strike. Scene shifts to aboard the USS Minneapolis, where her forward triple turrets are seen pointed to starboard towards Guam, as she fires her 8"/55 caliber guns. Sky is filled with heavy black smoke rising from a point on shoreline.