Film showing city of Hiroshima, Japan, the day before, and the day after the dropping of the atomic bomb in World War 2. Sequence opens on August 5, 1945, the day before the event. Camera pans over the city. Japanese air raid lookouts are seen on watch for allied bombers. View of actual atomic bomb detonation, over Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945, as seen from aircraft high overhead. Next, the complete destruction of the city is seen from camera at low altitude showing the four and one half square miles of the city flattened and burned. A Japanese hospital still functioning, with red cross flag on it. Hospital workers retrieving victims of the bombing. Ambulatory victims clustered in dooways and halls. Shadow image of a large industrial valve wheel burned onto wall behind it. Similar image of a ladder burned onto a wall. The decorative pattern on a womans dress burned onto skin of her back. Japanese physicians treating victims of thermal and radiation burns. Views of various victims, including some children, and their respective injuries. Scene shifts forward one year, to August 6, 1946. Children are lined up outside a school building, and then seen inside their classroom. disfiguring results of injuries are still evident on the children at their desks. Sequence shifts again, this time to United Nations delegates grappling with the issue of controlling atomic weapons. Closeups of American delegates, including James F. Byrnes (Secretary of State)and James B. Conant, President of Harvard University in the assembly. Closeups of representatives from South Asian nations. Closeup of USSR delegation, headed by Foreign Minister,Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov. Signs identifying delegates from Colombia, Egypt,Iraq, Bolivia, China. Final sequence shows several U.S. atomic scientists in their respective laboratories, including Enrico Fermi and Vannevar Bush. United states representative to the UN, Warren Austin, speaking about the so-called, Baruch Plan, for international control of atomic weapons. (Principal author, Bernard Baruch, is standing behind speaker's left shoulder.) USSR delegation, headed by permanent representative, Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko, who is seen presenting the Soviet plan. View of explosion and mushroom cloud during U.S. Operation Crossroads atomic bomb test in the Pacific.
A church and newly constructed houses in Hiroshima, Japan. A catholic priest walks from underneath a choir loft, at his side are four Japanese children. The priest kneels in prayer. A church tower with debris in the foreground. The priest looks around the gutted interior while at his side stand the four children. A small barley field amid the ruins along the south east section of Hiroshima being tended by the owner. Newly constructed houses built on the former site of Japanese Transport Regiment Barracks which is located north of Gokuku Shrine in Hiroshima.
Physical damage caused due to atom bomb explosion in Hiroshima, Japan. Effects of blast on the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall seen across a river. (It is now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the A-Bomb Dome, or the Atomic Bomb Dome). Dome shaped building largely blown out and destroyed. Steel frame structure of the building.
Activities of civilians in Hiroshima, Japan after World War II. View of the damaged buildings. Japanese wait for a streetcar. Women looks at sign 'Hiroshima Bazaar". Huts seen in the background. A wounded child walks on a road. Infant sits on roadway. Crowd wait for streetcar. Mountains seen in the background. Man comes out of the Hiroshima restaurant. View of the railroad station. Civilians enter the station.
U.S. Strategic bombing survey film about the situation in Japan after atomic bombing in World War 2. Film titled 'Effects of Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki'. Map of Japan. Location of Hiroshima. City of Hiroshima. Camera pans over view of the city of Hiroshima before being destroyed by the atomic bomb. Buildings and huts in city of Hiroshima pre-destruction. 6th August 1945: Sentry standing on a platform. Sentry stands near 'bell' air raid alarm. Sentry in dugout cave. Narrator relates that bomb was dropped. Still image of Hiroshima mushroom cloud explosion seen. Views of destroyed Hiroshima. Bomb damage to large concrete building. Ruins of the city. Damaged street cars in street. Hiroshima station. Hiroshima Prefecture office building damaged by blast. Damaged buildings. Statistics of casualty and damage.
Japanese civilians listen to a speaker during a street rally held in Hiroshima. The candidate represents Hiroshima Prefecture and is electioneering for the Diet. The crowd listens to the speaker. People as they listen to speaker. A member of Japanese Free Party Nippon Jiju Mr. Hisao Yamamoto speaks to the people about the policies of his party and begs the men and women to vote for him.