British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is seen on the balcony of the Alþingi (Parliament House) in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 17, 1941, when he visited during voyage home from the Atlantic Conference in Newfoundland, in World War 2. To his left are Icelandic Prime Minister Hermann Jonasson and Regent Sveinn Björnsson. Churchill appears to make brief remarks to a group of civilian Icelanders assembled in the plaza below. The crowd is passive. Some take photographs. (Iceland is under British occupation at this time.)
United States Forces in Iceland during World War II. A United States convoy of ships underway in the Atlantic Ocean towards Iceland. The deck of a ship as water washes over it. Other ships of the convoy underway at sea. The U.S. flag aboard a ship. Men at a dock. Field ration crates being loaded onto trucks. Soldiers lined up as officers review troops. Soldiers and sailors milling about on the streets in a town of Iceland. An aircraft lands at an air base. U.S. soldiers rush as an air raid alarm is sounded. The soldiers loaded in vehicles as they pull away. The soldiers at an anti aircraft gun. A soldier speaks over a radio. Aircraft in formation flight.
United States Naval convoy underway at a sea en route to Iceland, prior to U.S. entry into World War 2. Heavy seas flooding deck of troop transport ship. Soldiers on the deck of a ship. U.S. destroyer escorts are seen, including a 4-stacker. A U.S. flag flutters from ship's bridge. Supplies are unloaded and placed in military vehicles. Cartons of caned food and other provisions being piled up on the docks. American soldiers climb rope ladder from small boats to the dock. Sailors toss some of the supplies from small boats to others on the dock. Commander of Allied forces in Iceland, British Major General Henry Osborne Curtis, escorts U.S. Major General, Charles H. Bonsteel, in review of a unit of British soldiers. Buildings along the sides of a street in the Icelandic Capital City, Reykjavík. Civilians walk on the streets. U.S. sailors walking on sidewalks of the city. A British Hawker Hurricane aircraft landing on airstrip. A machine gun emplacement at side of the runway. Military quarters surrounded by mud. A soldier walks from row of Quonset Huts. An air alert sounds. British troops respond in armored cars equipped with mounted antiaircraft guns. Soldiers taking up positions in trenches and manning a large antiaircraft gun. A soldier aircraft spotter wearing headset and talking on radio. Beside him are charts of aircraft identification silhouettes. A formation of aircraft overhead. Waterfront scene with boats in water. A camouflaged machine gun emplacement. A sentry on duty.
Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing Congress on January 6, 1941, asking for authority to supply war materiel to Britain and allies. Animated map showing streams of war materiel going to china and to European allies. Views of transport ships, Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft with British roundel on them. A U.S. light tank M2; a large artillery barrel; and sacks of goods, being loaded on a ship. View of U.S. Capitol. Lend Lease Act passed. Animated map shows German forces overrunning Yugoslavia and Greece, and attacking Soviet Union. German troops in small boats crossing river to invade. German tanks and artillery operating on the Eastern front. Civilian men and women digging fortifications. Lend lease war materiel being unloaded in Britain, and at Red Sea port for British in Africa.Trucks carrying supplies over the Burma road to China. Lend lease supplies piled up in Murmansk, Russia, and Iran. "Hammer and Sickle 'em" chalked on a shipment.Stevedores rolling large tires.Hitler speaking. Head of Statue of Liberty. Animated illustrations about effects of Axis victory. U.S. Forces entering Greenland and Iceland, with consent of their governments.
Men exit hatch of diving bell taken from ship of Atlantic convoy alongside in Iceland. Officer at pelorus. Surfaced submarine. Man signals semaphore. Chain pays out over rail. Officer at small range finder. Motor whale boat tows heavy line from side of ship. Men work with winches and other deck gear. Motor whale boat underway, very rough sea. Diver placed on platform and lowered over the side into water. Diver raised from water on platform and lowered to deck. Men enter large diving bell handing from cable alongside ship. Large diving bell sinking in the water.