Wartime news film entitled: "Manila Cleanup." View of the Passig river, dividing North and South Manila. American tanks and tank destroyers on North bank, firing at Japanese positions on the South side of the river. Exploding shells on South side. U.S. troops fire 155mm howitzers at low elevation, blasting the walls of Intramuros and adjacent buildings. The 540th Field Artillery fire 240mm guns point blank against the ancient walls. Troops firing machine guns at the Letrame and Post Office buildings. Troops of the 3rd Battalion, 129th Infantry, 337th Division, crossing the river in small assault boats, under covering fire. Landing on the South Bank, troops fan out around and about the walled city. Japanese forces resist from fortified pill boxes and machine gun nests near the public buildings. U.S. troops breach a section of the wall and elements of the 37th Division enter Intramuros on February 23rd. U.S. soldiers sheltered behind wall as others employ flame throwers. U.S. Soldiers prepares a TNT charges to blow up walls and seal underground passageways. A destroyed Japanese pill box at base of wall with many dead Japanese seen. U.S. artillerymen firing 155mm howitzers directly at Japanese troops holed up in the Legislative, agricultural and finance buildings. Troops of B Company, 148th Infantry Regiment, advance from the City Hall, towards the Legislative building. They direct flame throwers at Japanese fortifications under the wall. Soldier with flame thrower passes through group of riflemen and fires into hole in wall. U.S. soldiers fighting room to room in the walled city. On February 24th U.S. troops defeat the last Japanese resistors.
The invasion of the Philippines by Allied troops during World War II. Evacuation of wounded from Intramuros, Manila by civilians. Troops advance through wreckage and debris on the streets. They fire rifles. Destroyed buildings and houses in the area.
First part deals with Allied war crimes trials of Japanese defendants in Yokohama. Second part is Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita on trial for war crimes in Manila, Philippines. . Few Military soldiers talk to each other at a camp. Few views of Japanese Generals under trials for war crimes. General Yamashita brought for the trial. General Yamashita enters a court in Manila for the trial. A interior view of the trial court. General R Reynolds presides the trial session. General Yamashita sits on a chair at his trial. A member of the trial court reads a document. Lawyers give their points during the session. General Yamashita is taken out after the trial session in court.
American troops in their drive toward Manila, in 1945, during World War 2, pass several knocked out and burning Japanese Type 89 Chi-Ro tanks. A dead Japanese soldier, shot dead while trying to commit suicide, lies on the ground with an undetonated hand grenade in his mouth. U.S. M4A2 sherman III tanks and infantry of the XIV Corps moving on the Lingayen Plains Philippines, leading to the capital, Manila. U.S. armor towing artillery ford a stream, as they pass beneath framework of an apparently unusable bridge. A battery of U.S. M101 105mm Howitzer artillery pieces is set up and bombards the Clark Field area. One striking shell produces an explosion, fire and column of black smoke. U.S. troops ride forward atop tanks. Glimpse of one soldier with flamethrower tanks on his back. American tanks firing their guns. Destroyed Japanese aircraft on the ground. A soldier using a mine detector to sweep the area. He signals to another soldier who comes to probe the area with a long knife. Next a soldier is seen standing in a hole dug around a bomb Placed nose up under the ground by the Japanese. Soldiers pull it from the hole, using a rope. U.S. soldiers walk in area full of similar holes and bombs pulled from them. General Douglas MacArthur is seen, on January 26, 1945, walking among remains of Japanese aircraft at Clark Field. He visits the Filipino cemetery at Camp O'Donnell, which was a prisoner of war camp, considered the terminating point of the Bataan Death March, where some 20 thousand Filipinos and almost 2 thousand Americans died during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. MacArthur is seen standing by a large Christian Cross monument, and walks among untended graves marked with small wooden crosses. The Mount Pinatubo volcano is seen on the horizon in the background. MacArthur and those accompanying him walk around a large monument containing a placard written in tagolog. U.S. soldiers start a mortar barrage against Japanese forces dug in on "Hill 70." Infantrymen move through trees and brush to flush out the entrenched enemy. Glimpse of type of improvised device made of explosives and gasoline, that U.S. soldiers are using to drive Japanese troops out of their fortifications. As a soldier watches with binoculars, the camera records several of these devices exploding with great force. Glimpse of a dead Japanese soldier on the ground. U.S. troops ride atop an M18 Gun motor carriage of the 637th Tank Destroyer Battalion, as it crosses a river. American tanks and infantry moving cautiously across a bridge as shells explode ahead of them. Tanks firing at Japanese troops entrenched in hillside above a road. Large numbers of American infantry marching along a road accompanied by tanks. Areas around them burning from fires set by retreating Japanese forces.
The Pacific Theater of World War II during the Year 1945. Atomic bomb explosion in Japan. USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay in September 1945 for the unconditional surrender of Japan. The ship packed with sailors. Mamoru Shigemitsu and General MacArthur sign the instrument of surrender aboard USS Missouri. Victims of Japanese atrocities in Manila. Corpses lying all along the roads. Men, women and children shot, after tying their hands behind. Refugees under miserable conditions. Japanese General Tojo in hospital after failed suicide attempt. Other Japanese Generals shown in jail cells while under trial (International Military Tribunal for the Far East), including Admiral Shigetaro Shimada, General Shigenori Kuroda, General Masaharu Homma, and Kingoro Hashimoto. Scene changes to Europe, and a Nazi concentration camp soon after its liberation by Allied forces. Corpses of tortured and murdered inmates and victims of Nazi atrocities.
U.S. Army 1380th Engineers lay a pipe line at Manila Harbor in Manila Bay, Philippines during World War II. The engineers lay the pipes together. The engineers at work in Manila Bay. Fuel tanks and other equipment on the land. The engineers and soldiers walk down the land as the pipe lines are laid together. The engineers pump diesel oil and gasoline mixture into the pipeline. They ignite the mixture using a motor. Fumes rise up as the mixture ignites. A Japanese soldier comes out of a pit. A patrol team catches him. The team questions him. Military ships carry infantry and engineers at Fort Drum, El Fraile Island in Manila Bay. Troops walk down a ramp at Fort Drum. A pipe line hose is set into a vent. A mixture of oil and explosives is pumped into this pipeline. Slow burning fuel, grenades and other explosives lowers into the vent by the engineers. The troops guard the engineers at work. The engineers set up a timer and the troops leave the land. Explosions take place. Smoke rise up from the island.