Signs on an animated map showing Japanese forces encircling Hankou or Hankow in China during the Battle of Wuhan China in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japanese bomber aircraft at an airfield seen taking off and aerial view of Japanse planes in flight and then bombing Hankou and Wuhan along the Yangtze River. Aerial views of Chinese targets during bombing by Japanese. Explosions and smoke rises over target. Ground views of Japanese troops with horse carts advancing through hilly and muddy terrain toward battle areas. Japanese truck driven on muddy land. A downed horse in the mud is inspected by Japanese forces.
Japanese occupation of Wuhan and Hankou or Hankow region during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Street level views of burning buildings in Wuhan region and Japanese forces taking over the city. Elevated wide view of Japanese ships at anchor in the Yangtze River. View of French captives under Japanese Guard, and view of British soldiers saluting Japanese soldiers and relinquishing control of a building guarded by the British (possibly Embassy). Japanese leader Higashi-Kuni disembarks from plane. Troops stand on the sides of road to salute Japanese leaders. During a victory celebration, Japanese aircraft fly over the city and Japanese officers on ships at harbor salute and celebrate. Aboard a Japanese ship, Japanese officers gather on the deck at a series of tables and toast victory with saki. Celebrants include Prince Kaya Tsunenori. Scene changes to mainland Japan, with celebrations underway in many cities. Children march waving Japanese flags. In Tokyo, a group celebrates with the Imperial Palace seen in the distance along with a man on a white horse (emperor ?). Back in China, Chinese citizens are indoctrinated to the "ways of the Empire". Japanese soldiers are seen teaching Chinese crowds and having them wave Japanese flags. Chinese citizens seen in the cities receiving rice and other food under supervision from Japanese forces. Chinese citizens cooking and preparing food, and eating the food. Farmers in China irrigating fields and tilling farm fields. An elderly Chinese woman is seen sewing a flag of Japan. Japanese troops on horseback and driving capture Chinese tanks advance, along with artillery.
Japanese troops fight in Hankou, China during World War II. Japanese ships head towards the shore of Hankou, China. Smoke rises from explosions on coastal hills. Japanese Marines being briefed by a Japanese officer on the deck of a ship off the coast. The Marines swim ashore from landing barges in Hankou harbor. Japanese troops raise flag on rooftop.
Chinese civilians evacuate War Zone in Hankow, China. Young Chinese girls march on street with banner in their hands. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek trains girls for war work and plays a ball game with them. She and an American man pass by an ambulance on the road with lettering "To the Heroic Defenders of China. Donated by American Friends of the Chinese People." Chinese civilians in market area. Chinese tanks on street. Soldiers ready to fire from a high overlook area.
People walk on the road and leave the city in hand driven rickshaws at Hankow, China. Bombs dropped on the other side of the river. People wear traditional headgear sitting and standing on the doorsteps of a building. Men look at the sky. Bomb dropped on the hill and people take shelter in a boat. Boats in the river and flag atop building. Scenes of destruction and man try to stop fire. People move and take injured humans on the stretchers.
Japanese troops fight in Hankou, China during World War II. A line of Japanese soldiers march across a field. Japanese gun crew load shells and fire artillery gun. Japanese tanks fire at enemy positions. Japanese soldiers fire machine guns. A wounded man carried away on litter. Artillery being fired on field. A Japanese bomber over Takuan bomb the ground targets. Smoke billows up from explosions.