Railroad scene on Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, at Kalihi-Kai just east of the Libby cannery and west of the old Oahu Prison. World War Two "blackout" headlights can be seen. The first locomotive is OR&L No. 39 with three gondolas. The second is OR&L No. 34 with boxcars and the third OR&L No. 32 with a train of boxcars and pineapple cars. Brakemen and Conductor shown riding on top of cars. (The OR&L did have three cabooses, but they were not popular with the crews.)
Streets with cars and pedestrians and a military truck in Honolulu, Hawaii, early in World War 2. A model 'T' Ford car drives on the road. Sign over a shop idenfifies "Poi Factory." Pedestrians walk on sidewalks. A military ambulance on the road. Houses and buildings on roadside.
Scenes from the Japanese movie "The War at Sea From Hawaii to Malaya" made in 1942, during World War 2. These sequences purport to present the Pearl Harbor attack from the Japanese point of view. Movie depicts torpedo launched from midget submarine. Mountains in the background. The torpedo hits USS Arizona. Smoke arises from explosions. Submarine rises to the water surface. Burning battleships and naval installations in the background. Young Japanese officer looking at blazing battleship through binoculars. USS Arizona buckling amidships from torpedo explosion. Nighttime scene of Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack. Interior of the submarine. Officer sending Morse code signal. Communication room aboard Japanese ship. Number of radioman in the room, conversing amongst themselves.
Return to the United States of Marines from 2nd Raider Battalion, known as "Carlson's Raiders" (led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson). They arrive at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, aboard the submarine, USS Argonaut (SS-166) after completing their famous Makin Island raid in August,1942, during World War 2. Inserted view of surfaced submarine, as it fires its deck gun. Distant smoke arises in the sea from a burning ship. Scene shifts back, to Hawaii, again, as the Argonaut arrives at a pier in Pearl Harbor. Admiral Chester Nimitz boards the submarine and shakes hands with Lieutenant Commander John R. Pierce, USN, Commanding Officer of the Argonaut. Major James Roosevelt, USMCR, Executive Officer, Second Raider Battalion (the President's son) salutes Nimitz, who then shakes hands with him. View of stacked arms and equipment of the Marines on the boat's deck. Sailors transport a wounded Marine on a litter. The rest of the marines begin to step from the Argonaut, to the pier, and walk past a military honor guard with rifles, at parade rest.
A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
Aftermath of Pearl Harbor attack. People in Oahu, Hawaii, prepare to deal with more air attacks by Japanese. Armed U.S. soldier in sandbagged position, in Hawaii. The territorial governor of Hawaii, Joseph Poindexter, signing a declaration of Martial Law. Four thousand members of Oahu's Civil Defense Committee, dressed in dark bottoms and white tops, wearing steel helmets with "W" on them, standing at attention in formation on grounds of a stadium. Windows in all downtown shops taped to prevent flying glass. Sand bags surrounding a power substation. Huge quantities of barbed wire in a storage yard and strung along the beaches, along highways, around schools, and public buildings of Oahu. A man pushing a lawn mower between sandbagged defense positions in a residential neighborhood. Construction machinery digging defensive trenches. Bomb shelters being constructed of precast concrete. Air raid sirens installed and school children leaving their building and sheltering in deep trenches during a test. Very small children taking shelter in zig-zag trenches and donning gas masks. Huge assemblies of children, and of grownups, all donning gas masks. Little children being dressed in capsule-like "bunny mask" protective gear.One of them crying inside the covering. Crowds of women and children lined up on a veranda waiting to receive these "bunny masks." Military personnel, civilians, and school children, all carrying personal gas masks with them at all times. Innumerable old rubber tires saved in an open yard. Japanese-Americans donating blood to the American Red Cross and lined up to buy war bonds. Soldiers arresting a Japanese resident known to be an enemy agent. Boarded up shops of Japanese-Americans, who had been interned. Japanese-Americans removing all Japanese language signs from their areas. Language school buildings with closed signs. An empty and boarded-up Shinto temple. One Japanese-American replacing his cafe sign with one reading: "Keep 'Em Flying Cafe." U.S. Army troops posted on roadways. The Aloha Tower in camouflage paint. A Lurline steamship leaving port, and being replaced by warships. Prewar view of people enjoying Waikakee beach, and current view of two boys playing in sand near barbed wire barriers. City streets deserted at twilight, as blackout procedures take effect at dusk. Views of darkened homes and palm trees silhouetted against sky at dusk. The "ghost" of a sailor killed in World War II, stands in front of Arlington cemetery, Washington, DC, and converses with the ghost of a soldier killed in World War I. They discuss idealistic notions about ending wars for good. Displays of flags is seen, including: Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Costa Rica; Cuba; Czechoslovakia; Dominican Republic; England; Ethopia; Greece; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; India; Yugoslavia; Luxembourg; Mexico; The Netherlands; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Norway; Panama; The Philippines; Poland; Russia; El Salvador; South Africa; and the U.S.A. "V" created in the sky by a skywriting airplane.