American troops wear protective, warm winter clothing and stand outside their tents in Iceland. Troops form a chow line. Troops eat their food. During World War II.
Iceland becomes a republic during World War II. Tents set up for citizens of Iceland outside the city of Reykjavik. Citizens gather for the ceremony marking the proclamation of Iceland as a republic. President Sveinn Bjornsson and the Bishop of Iceland as the new republic is formed. American commander on Iceland General William Key watches the ceremonies.
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
View from the USS New York (BB-34) of a seaplane taking off. Large group of sailors watching from the deck. American flag displayed on mast. view of antiaircraft gun crew in steel helmets, and of the ship's superstructure. The ship displays the maritime signal flag M, "MIKE",an orange cross of St Andrew on a white field, which is used to indicate "My vessel is stopped; making no way." Sailors standing on the aft deck with transport ship of Atlantic convoy visible behind them. A dirigible is seen aloft. 14-inch guns of the USS New York are visible behind a gun crew at a 3-inch antiaircraft gun. Complete shift in scene to a cold weather port (Scotland, or Iceland?) with ice visible on the ship's deck. A sailor makes half-hearted attempt to remove ice from the ship's OS2U Kingfisher float plane.The ships emergency life rafts are covered in ice.
Damage and repair of USS Kearny (DD-432) after it was attacked by a German U-boat in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Animated map locates the position of U.S. Navy vessel USS Kearney in the Atlantic Ocean when the German submarine struck it. Ships at sea. A damaged USS Kearney at sea after the attack. The crew aboard the ship being rescued as they come aboard another ship. The damaged ship at a fjord in Iceland. Men make repairs on the ship as smoke rises. Men weld parts of the ship. USS Kearney sails to Boston. The mast of the ship and the control room. The ship underway at sea after being repaired.
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.)