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.
Iraqi and British officials at an event involving visitors at a facility of the Iraq Petroleum Company, following World War 2. Officials emerge from a warehouse building. One official wears sunglasses and holds a tobacco pipe. British officials accompanied by wives, walk along a boardwalk to a gangplank, where they climb aboard a ship. Change of scene shows a. street scene at a bridge where several street vendors display their wares. City buildings across the bridge, in background. A man wearing keffiyeh walks past. Camera moves to the wellhead inside an oil drilling rig, where Iraqi "roughnecks" are working with Byron Jackson Company oil drilling equipment. They insert a new section of pipe and proceed with drilling. Views up and down of the drill rig in operation. Views of other areas at the petroleum complex. Two huge pipes lying parallel. A worker climbs stairs of oil tank no. 235. Technicians work on large pieces of piping. View of a ship docked near the facility, on the Shat Al-Arab. At this point, the scene switches completely to the Persian Gulf City of Dubai and a waterfront scene dominated by Ali Bin Abi Talib mosque. (This is number 3, of three mosques by that name in the area, and is located on the creek in the old Bur Dubai part of the city.)
Brief glimpse of British visitors walking toward a ship, after a postwar visit to an IPC facility in Iraq. Scene shifts to an oil derrick and drilling rig rising above oil storage tanks at a sandy site. Camera pans up the derrick. Change of scene shows gathering of British people with IPC officials at some kind of event. Next, a group of officials is seen briefly, outside a facility warehouse. Two men greet each other. A military officer stands nearby. Camera then jumps to inside the oil rig, shown earlier where Iraqi "roughnecks" wrestle pipe, insert a new section, and continue drilling. View of worker walking among oil tanks at the facility. Views of natural gas compressors; large transmission pipes; and a worker closing one, in a set of valves at the site. Broad view from the derrick, showing supplies and equipment laid out in the sand and a vista of miles, with distant structures including (possibly) worker housing and support facilities.
Lend lease activities at American outposts in Iran. Traces routes of American shipments from United States to Iran. Cargo unloaded from ships at ports in Basra, Iraq and Khoremshar, Iran. Officer checks the shipments. Piles of supplies like tires, bags and wooden boxes received from America.
Lend lease activities to Russia via American outposts in Iran and Iraq. Traces routes of American shipments from Basra to other positions in Middle East. A convoy of trucks takes war material under lend lease activities from Basra. An officer checks the papers of the shipment. Freight trains carry shipment. A map traces route of war material shipment from Basra to Tehran. Workers at General Motors assembly plant in Khoremshar, Iran.
A radio transmission tower and a statue in Baghdad, Iraq. A radio transmission tower outside Baghdad. A transmission headquarters building. A vehicle moves away from the building. Equestrian statue of King Faisal I of Iraq, in King Faisal Square, at the end of Haifa street, Baghdad, Iraq