Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
Launching of U.S. freighter "Liberty" at shipyard in Kearny,New Jersey. Large crowd gather at Federal Shipbuilding Company shipyard, in Kearny, New Jersey, for launching of the freighter USS Liberty. Charles Michael Schwab, Director General of the Emergency Fleet Corporation and Edward N. Hurley, Chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board, launch the freighter USS Liberty. People hold American flags. Freighter is launched and it leaves dock.
Two new destroyers introduced for the U.S. Navy at a dock in Kearny, New Jersey. Dignitaries including Mrs. Thomas A. Edison perform rituals during the Christening ceremony of the twin 'greyhound' class destroyers named USS Edison (DD-439) and USS Ericsson (DD-440). The destroyers slide down into the seawater one after the other. Crew members and sailors aboard the destroyer cheer and wave towards the crowd at the dock present during the ceremony.
Launching of United States Navy destroyers in Kearny, New Jersey. A man hands over a bottle of champagne to the widow of Thomas Alva Edison who breaks it against the bow of USS Edison. The ship takes to water. Crew members on the deck of the ship. A woman breaks a bottle of champagne against the bow of USS Ericsson as the ship is launched.
Launch of two U.S. destroyer in Kearny, New Jersey. A large crowd gathered to witness the launch. USS Anderson ready for launch. People around the ship. The ship slides down the ways into the water. A man at a machine. USS Hammann slides down the ways into the water.
Launching of USS Challenge and SS Red Jacket at a shipbuilding yard in Kearny, New Jersey. A huge crowd gathered at the launch. U.S. sailors aboard the ship. The American flag flutters from a pole on the bow of USS Challenge and SS (Steam Ship) Red Jacket. Mrs. Moran smashes a bottle of champagne on the bow of SS Red Jacket. Both the ships depart from the dockyard. A board reads the keel laying and the launching schedule.