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.
A documentary on the occurrence of tropical cyclones. Men working at the Naval Weather Service Command. Weather satellites detecting the earth's surface. An insignia on a wall. Exterior of the building of the Fleet Weather Central in Guam, Mariana Islands. A man working at a machine. Other man talking over a phone. A weather reconnaissance aircraft in flight overhead. A pilot in the cockpit. Observations which were made are collected and transmitted to a weather station. Men working on data and recording it. A warning message being typed. Positions are plotted immediately on a map as a message is received. Danger area is plotted on the map. A warning bulletin is updated as more information is received.
Animated map indicating routes from Northern Marianas Islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam to Japan, and return. Map of the islands and focus on Guam. A village in Guam. Shows natives going down street on a bullock cart. Supply dump showing boxes, tires, and Pilot oxygen containers. Trucks hauling supplies. B-29 on hardstand, with tail code "Z", from the 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bomb Group, stationed at Saipan. Several B-29s along the flightline, displaying tail code "O", from the 314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group, home-based on Guam . Scenes of tent area. GIs standing at table, eating. Two homemade washing machines. Two GIs scrubbing fatigues with brushes. Three GIs taking showers.
"Marianas Turkey Shoot". Strafing and explosion on Mariana Islands by United States Task Force. View of coastal areas of island. Bomb hits on bay. Strafing on islands. Dock areas burning. Smoke rises from island. Explosions on the buildings on water front. Japanese planes being shot down. Enemy fighter planes explodes. Plane catches on fire and heads towards water. Pilot jumping from aircraft. Transport type plane strafed.
USS Yorktown CV-10 in the Pacific Theater during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The carrier advances towards the Mariana Islands. On the eve of battle, soldiers scrub up to lessen the danger of infection in case they're wounded. Sailors clean up, bathe and rest. Priests conduct services aboard the ship. Sailors take communion and pray. Crewmen read and sleep on their bunks. The carrier underway at dusk. Cooks and bakers prepare a hearty meal of stakes and eggs. Officers take their meal at a table. The alarm goes off to warn of an enemy attack. Sailors rush to their battle stations. Bombardment by Japanese torpedo bomber planes. Fire due to explosions around the ships. Black smoke rises up into the air. Anti aircraft fire from the U.S. ships, planes are hit and descend towards the water. The alarm sounds, pilots rush and board planes and take off. The Radio Plotting Room in charge Smokey and other operators tracks down enemy planes. A map depicts Japanese air bases and military installations in the Mariana Islands, including the Japanese fortified Guam. Radio operators at work. U.S. planes in flight. They swoop down upon Tinian Island and bomb enemy installations. Explosions due to bombardment. Shore installations and air bases bombed. Craters on the island. The U.S. Assault Force battleships including USS Colorado, USS Tennessee and USS Pennsylvania advance. Explosions due to enemy fire.
Bombardment of Tinian, Saipan and Guam in the Mariana Islands by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Sailors on the destroyer USS Braine, DD-630, as viewed from the battleship USS New Mexico, BB-40, following transfer of several wounded from the destroyer to the battleship, during World War 2. A U.S. Northampton Class heavy cruiser bombarding Japanese positions in Mariana Islands. Smoke rising from shell strikes. Officer aboard the USS New Mexico observing action through binoculars. A sailor scanning horizon with binoculars. Triple gun turrets of the New Mexico trained to port. She being firing guns singly. Signal flags being raised above the New Mexico. Officers scanning horizon with binoculars. A couple of crew members taking a snooze break on deck. Various views of smoke rising in distance, from naval shelling. Two U.S. Navy observation float planes fly overhead. A formation of nine U.S. carrier-based aircraft fly toward the island. More views of explosions ashore. Two light cruisers firing close to shore.