Film opens showing a Japanese monument commemorating officers in the Russo-Japanese War between Russia and Japan. Commander of a small contingent of Japanese troops offers saki to his soldiers, before they march off into combat. They rush into trenches and begin firing at Chinese forces. Next, Japanese infantry are seen moving across vast barren lands, as some take up defensive positions behind those advancing, who also begin digging holes and setting up defenses after their advance. Chinese artillery shells explode close ahead of them. Soldiers in the Japanese front lines throw smoke canisters and dense white smoke is carried by the wind to the left and side of their positions. As the smoke dissipates, shells burst again, right in front of the Japanese lines. Immediately, after, the Japanese troops leave their defensive positions and charge forward. View of a small battlefield cemetery with posts marking the graves of Japanese soldiers.
Opening scene shows a book entitled:"The Tanaka Memorial, Japan's dream of world empire." Next, a hsnd checks off "Conquest of Manchuria" as Phase 1 of the plan being completed. Next is Phase II, the conquest of China. Animated map shows Japanese warships bombarding the city of Shanghai in 1932. Scenes of Japanese naval guns firing. A shell striking at the waterfront. Japanese Naval officer observing with binoculars from deck of ship close to the city. Shells or aerial bombs exploding and smoke rising in the city itself. Residents of the city running in panic seeking shelter from the bombardment. Japanese Type 13-1 carrier-borne attack biplane aircraft (B1M1) from the aircraft carriers Kaga and Hosho are seen in flight overhead. Bombs exploding in the heart of Shanghai. Local people jamming a bridge with vehicles and rickshaws evacuating the city. More views of Naval guns firing and bombers overhead. A large building in flames. People fleeing near the port. Two Japanese Navy Type 90 Carrier-based biwing aircraft (Nakajima A2N) maneuver above fleeing Chinese who look up at them. Next bomb explosions fill the screen. More naval guns firing and explosions on street in which victims lie where they fell. A Chinese woman mourning in the midst of rubble. Bombs falling and explosions. A sign reading "Shanghai South." Two Mitsubishi B2M aircraft fly overhead. Scenes of dead and wounded Chinese victims, including and children. Japanese aircraft flying low over burning buildings, with smoke rising above its flight altitude. Japanese marines charge a Shanghai beach in an amphibious assault and enter the city.Several hit the ground in a defensive posture. Gunfire directed at a building window. Combat along the waterfront. Republic of China flag flying from a large building. Japanese forces firing at that building with field artillery.Truckloads of Japanese marines deploying in the city. A marine searching a Chinese man. Animated map shows Japanese shifting their offensive to the North in 1933 and annexing the province of Jehol as part of manchuria. Japanese cavalry advancing along a road. Closeup of the Chinese national flag fluttering. Generalissimo Chiang Ki-Shek leading a contingent of Chinese military and officials. A large group of Chinese men volunteering to join in defense. Chinese soldiers marching en masse along the Chinese Wall.
Homemade sign strung on a post in front of a house flying a Japanese flag. Japanese characters, beginning with characters for "Japan," written on a portal. Two women walk out of a compound. One carries a string instrument (possibly a sanxian). A gateway Topped by flag of Manchukuo. A cosmopolitan group of people enjoying themselves in a park with benches, trees and gardens. Closeup of several children sitting on a park bench. A shop showing Japanese and Manchurian paper flags. Soldiers drilling on parade field. Japanese officers and officials lined up in front of a walled compound. Two Japanese flags fly at the entrance. Scene shifts to inside the compound, where several soldiers receive awards, as others stand in formation, and several bystanders observe. Persons of various ethnic groups walk through a gateway, together. Camera pans across them as they stand holding booklets related to their collective education activity.
A film justifying Japanese fight in mainland China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldier looks through binoculars. Soldiers on horsebacks advance. Army jeeps move along a field. The Great Wall of China. Japanese troops fire artillery. Aircraft in flight. Japanese soldiers in prone positions. The troops fire from a trench. They load artillery gun with shells on a field. A map of China highlights puppet state of Manchukuo in Manchuria established by Japan in 1932. Celebrations in Manchukuo showing Japanese troops and a band along the streets. Children march holding flags.
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop