Citizens walk along the streets in Tokyo, Japan on New Year Day of 1946. Japanese women dressed in kimonos walk along a sidewalk. Japanese women and children walking along the streets.
U.S. Army soldiers at a baseball game in Yokohama Park Stadium, Japan, during postwar occupation following World War II. The stadium had been renamed and a sign on it reads "Lou Gehrig Stadium." U.S. soldiers enter the ball park to watch the baseball game. A crowd of American soldiers in the stands. Baseball game in progress. First Lieutenant Don Pinciotti, assigned to ASCOM-C 8th Army Headquarters, as Athletic Officer in charge of all Recreational Activities, for USA troops in and around the Yokahama area, is seen playing as catcher and manager of the 8th Army Chicks. Japanese bat boys sit near the dugout. (Note: Pinciotti returned to the United States in August 1946 to complete his studies at the University of Dayton, where he also played football and made All-Ohio and Catholic All-American in 1946. He graduated in June 1947. Prior to graduation, he signed a contract to play professional football with the Detroit Lions and after graduation, he signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox.)
Operation Road's End. Japanese submarines being sunk after World War II. A U.S. Navy Martin PBM Mariner flying boat circles over several Imperial Japanese submarines as they are being scuttled and/or sunk by gunfire on April 1, 1946, off the Goto Islands, of Japan. Smoke drifts over the water from charges ignited aboard a sub. One of the submarines explodes raising a surge of water and huge black cloud. Clear view of a U.S. Baltimore class Cruiser with two scout planes aboard. Sailors watch from the U.S. Destroyer, USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) as a submarine slips below the surface. Another submarine explodes and sinks. Gunfire from the Larson strikes another submarine. Smoke from the Larson's guns drifts in front of the camera. Closeup of the Larson's forward 5-inch guns, turned to starboard, firing.
April 1, 1946: “Operation “Road’s End.” View from the Destroyer, USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) as it accompanies Imperial Japanese Navy submarines headed out of Sasebo Bay, headed to "Point Deep Six," (reportedly about 60 km west of Nagasaki and off the Gotō Islands) where they are to be scuttled by demolition charges and/or gunfire from the Larson or the USS Nereus (AS-17) (not seen). Captain Bell and Commander D.A. Mckee are seen on deck of the Larson with a Japanese interpreter who is issuing instructions to the skeleton Japanese crews through a megaphone. Views of the submarines underway.
Modern Japanese women wear western outfits, go to bars and restaurants for a drink and a smoke. Japanese women in parliament. Japanese women work as scientists,nurses and doctors in hospitals. Japanese woman heads a corporate company meeting. Japanese women work as corporate secretaries. Radio station run by a Japanese woman. Japanese women as musicians and western ballet dancers. Japanese woman lecturer comes out of a college building.1946.
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.