Indian political leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also called "Mahatma Gandhi," recovering from his imprisonment and 21-day fast to promote improved lives for India's Dalits, aka "untouchables," whom Gandhi calls "Harijan" (roughly equivalent to children of God). Mahatma Gandhi walks with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and a few other people, across a field towards a hospital building. In next scene, Gandhi stands in a rail car being interviewed. Then, in a formal public interview inside an auditorium, he describes himself as a "soldier of peace." Glimpse of Gandhi seated outdoors under a canopy of nationalist flags, in 1932. Scene shifts back,again, to the rail car interview, where he is being seen off by well-wishers. He is then seen in a hospital where he is asked about his notions of eliminating the Indian caste system. (Film ends before any reply.)
Film opens with closeup of Japanese General Baron Sadao Araki speaking. Behind him is a huge Japanese flag.draped so that His head is silhouetted against its huge red ball. His image fades out and a map of Japan and asia appears, as he continues to narrate. The map shows animated arrows directed from Russia southward toward Japanese held Manchuria (Manchukuo) and from India northward. The arrows converge and are joined by arrrows from the sea. All are directed against Japan. The message clearly speaks to need for Japan to be ready to protect against attacks by others. Back to closeup of General Baron Sadao Araki speaking. Then flags of world nations are shown with Japan's rising taller and larger than all the rest. Next a map of Japan and its occupied territories in Manchukuo, and Korea, with arrows from foes threatening them. Homeland Japan seems to shudder on the animated map.
Two U.S. Pennsylvania class battleships underway at sea, with other warships in background, during World War 2. One fires to starboard with her 14-inch guns from the forward triple turrets. U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers flying in formation over mountains. Glimpse of General Douglas MacArthur with General Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell in gunner's station of a bomber. Montage of brief glimpses showing U.S. forces engaging Japanese forces in: amphibious assaults; firing weapons in New Guinea and other Pacific islands. U.S. warship firing naval guns. U.S. ship firing at attacking Japanese aircraft, with sky full of black flak clouds. Admiral William (Bull) Halsey. Mitsubishi A6M Zero kamikaze aircraft blown up close to flight deck of U.S. aircraft carrier. It misses the ship and crashes in flames, exploding in the water, astern. U.S. General Joseph Stilwell, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, British Allied commander Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, photographed together in India. Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek seated for a picture with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Camera moves back revealing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, also seated. Behind them stand key allied military leaders, including (from the right) Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in-chief in India; Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia forces; George Giffard — commander of Eleventh Army Group; U.S. General Daniel Isom Sultan, deputy to General Stilwell; General Joseph Stilwell, Commander China-Burma-India (CBI) Command; and General Albert Coady Wedemeyer, Chiang Kai-Shek's Chief of Staff. General Joseph Stillwell is seen stepping from a military cargo plane, and being greeted by another officer. Stilwell is wearing a campaign hat. He has the CBI patch on his jacket shouder. A B-24 Liberator bomber takes off from a Chinese base at Liuchow, or possibly, Luiliang, China. (ostensibly carrying Chinese soldiers to India for training). U.S. marked P-40 aircraft are parked beside the runway. They display the shark teeth nose art of the Flying Tiger All volunteer Group of Claire Chennault. But this is 1944 and the aircraft are from the U.S. 23rd Fighter Group. Chinese soldiers are seen being armed and trained in India, with modern small arms. They are also seen fording a river with military supplies and moving in jeeps through jungle-like settings. Various views of Ledo Road construction in Burma. bulldozers, trucks, caterpillar tractors, explosives and men are shown in construction work. A jeep rides along a muddy section of the new road while U.S. and Chinese soldiers patrol on either side to protect it. Allied soldiers firing a small field piece. A C-47 aircraft airdrops supplies to the road builders. General Stilwell, standing with a Chinese officer, looks skyward at the aircraft. A C-46 Commando plane taking off from a field in India carrying supplies. Men loading a jeep aboard a C-46, plus ammunition and other supplies. Rare sight of supplies being loaded into nose cargo compartment of the one-of-a-kind XC-108A transport plane (modified B-17 bomber, tail number 41-2593). A formation of USAAF C-45 transport aircraft flying "over the Hump." Chinese P-36 Hawk aircraft in formation demonstrate firepower. Newly trained Chinese pilots marching and walking on flightline where solid-nose B-25s and P-40s are parked. Chinese and American pilots wave to each other from their P-40 aircraft. A B-25 takes off flanked by two P-40s. Bombs being dropped by Chinese B-25s. Japanese ship being strafed by Chinese fighter plane. Chinese laborers at work building an airfield without machinery. A large group pull a paving roller by hand. Chinese troops in combat with Japanese forces. One firing a Czech ZB vz. 26 light machine gun. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek addressing the U.S. Congress, 18 February, 1943.
Indian political leaders during the independence movement in India. Crowds gathering in the huge Maidan, urban park, in Calcutta. India proposes the Dominion status after the war, new constitution after the war, representatives in the war cabinet and representatives at the peace conference. A political rally. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a political and spiritual leader of India, during the independence movement. Jawaharlal Nehru, a political leader of the Congress Party, speaks to the Indian Congress Party. The Congress Party includes Hindu and Muslims political leaders. Another Indian leader addresses the party. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a politician and leader of the All India Muslim League, speaks to the Moslems. Pakistani area is highlighted on an animated map of India. A sign:' Hindu Mahasabha'. The political leaders of Hindu Mahasabha talk. Rice cultivation on a farm. A farmer works on the farm. Two sets of cattle plow the farm.
United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrives on a visit to India. Scene of a gate. A hilly region. People on a bullock cart. A man takes a small child in lap. A child on woman's shoulder. Farmers in a field. Statues carved at Khajuraho temple. Decorated and carved gates. Colorful paintings on walls. Women play sitar and tabla. A traffic policeman gives directions to traffic and shows 'Stop' sign. Students and teachers in a college. Carpenter and a mechanic at work. Large crowd. National emblem of India on a gate. Guards on horses. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India in a horse driven chariot in the Parliament premises. Air India plane lands at New Delhi airport. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi meet Jacqueline Kennedy, her sister Lee Radziwill and the American Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith. Galbraith talks to Prime Minister Nehru. Children clap. United States Embassy. Ambassador Galbraith and Jacqueline Kennedy in Embassy. Prime Minister Nehru talks with Jacqueline Kennedy in a garden. She buys a silk sari. A girl welcomes her with garland in Benares. A man answers her questions during visit to an art gallery. She meets Indira Gandhi. Jacqueline Kennedy meets Indian artists. Jacqueline Kennedy addresses the people present. Jacqueline Kennedy garlands an elephant's neck as a ritual.
Opening scene shows a tramp steamer listing to starboard.during World War 1. She displays "India, Greece" in large letters on her side. Slate indicates that an explosives technician from a U-Boat had climbed aboard and set charges on the Greek Steamer, "India" as she is stopped in the Atlantic during World War 1. The India is carrying a cargo of coal from Cardiff Wales, to Oran. The ship is seen listing. Smoke still rises from her stack. Slate states that the cross on the hull of the sinking "India" is the Greek national emblem. The ship sinks lower and finally slides out of sight, with smoke rising above the water from her exploding boilers. (Note: This German U-boat is the SM U-35, which was operating in the western approaches to the Straits of Gibraltar after leaving the Mediterranean on 11-12 April. It carried a professional cinematographer on board. Two years earlier, on June 12, 1915 , the U-35 also sank the British ship, "Crown of India." ) The next sequence shows an image of the German Daily Express newspaper for Monday May 10, 1915. Dead! it reports in bold print: The world has a duty to conduct a Hunt for turtles. Scene shifts to deck of surfaced German U-boat, showing a dinghy arriving alongside, from which several giant sea turtles are unloaded. Crew members examine the turtles on the deck of the submarine. At least one appears to be dead. Next scene shows lookouts on conning tower of the U-Boat, as they see smoke on the horizon. (The Imperial German Naval war flag is displayed on the conning tower.) The Captain calls for full speed ahead on both engines, and the controls show that being selected. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)