U.S. Army General George Marshall arrives in Shanghai, China. A C-54 plane taxis on Kiangwan Airport. Troops lined up in the foreground. Spectators present and MPs (Military Police) hold them back. Generals Marshall and Albert Coady Wedemeyer review guard of honor. General Marshall is introduced to various Chinese officers including Minister of War General Ho Yin-Chin, Mayor of Shanghai General Chien Ta-Chun. Chinese troops are served coffee and dough nuts by the Red Cross. Chinese troops eat. A file of Chinese troops marches off. Reception of General Marshall in Shanghai shows a motorcade through cheering crowds and views of the crowd lining up the streets.
Officers discussing amongst themselves in Kiangwan, Shanghai. An airplane parked at the airbase. U.S. Navy Commander of the 7th Fleet Admiral CM Cook Jr leaves the airplane. He is being greeted by Rear Admiral (RADM) WF Boone, Chief of Staff, and Captain Cook, the medical officer for 7th fleet staff. Admiral Cook and RADM Boone being greeted by RADM SS Murray and other officers. Officers discussing.
Arrival of General Chiang Kai-Shek in Shanghai after nine years. General Chiang Kai-Shek disembarks the plane greeted by American Commander in China, General Widemire. Large crowd surrounds the official car. Massed crowd at race track for victory rally. General Chiang Kai-Shek and Madam Chiang walk up steps of the platform. Crowd cheers lined up in the background. Chinese official speak on mike. Crowd cheers as Chiang Kai-Shek waves his hand.
Sign over American Embassy in China. Colonel William Mayer, former military attache in that embassy relates events precipitating Second Sino-Japanese war. Scenes of the Marco Polo bridge near Peking, on night of July 7, 1937, as Japanese artillery bombards the area. Animated map shows movement of Japanese forces out of Manchuria to occupy Peiping and Tientsin. Victorious Japanese troops stand atop a building, raising their flags and shouting cries of victory. Japanese army officers sit around a table smiling and contended and others walk in a group. Chinese artillery crews are seen retaliating as they fire field pieces at Japanese positions in Shanghai. Shells explode in background, and Chinese infantry advance through damaged buildings and rubble. Animated map shows Shanghai and other cities, and film transitions to view of the bustling city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River. In the seaport, large ocean liners and freighters, as well as tug boats and Junks, are seen. What looks like a Japanese Tachikawa Ki.54 Type 1 transport plane takes off over a Chinese pagoda. Double-decker buses travel through the streets. Rickshaws are also seen. Map outlines the foreign residential areas of the French Concession and the International Settlement. American, British and Japanese flags are shown in the International Settlement. Detachments of troops from Japan, Britain, France, and United States Marines are seen. A U.S. Marine is posted as a sentry at the Shanghai Power Company. Coolies carry heavy bucket on a long pole. British, French and Japanese troops also performed sentry duties. Japanese troops and armored cars are seen. A scuffle breaks out in August, 1937, and Japanese soldiers start moving in trucks, take up firing positions, and begin firing guns from their armored cars. Map shows Chinese counterattack pushing the Japanese contingent toward the Khangpoo River. Next it shows Japanese warships and reinforcements in the Yangtze River and their advance toward Woosung and Shanghai. Views of Japanese warships bombarding the shore and large explosions from their striking shells. Beachhead is shown South of Shanghai, where two divisions of Japanese infantry are seen arriving in landing craft. They advance across the fields toward Shanghai. Map shows Chinese withdrawals to West and South, toward Nanking and Hangchow. Chinese medics along with infantry march in retreat. Japanese pilots are seen being briefed. Next, Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are seen in flight, and bombardiers and other crew in them. Bombs falling on the city. Civilians running for cover as bombs explode. Aichi D3A1 aircraft dropping bombs. The Shanghai waterfront being bombed and civilians running.
Students demonstrate on 'Red Army Day' in Shanghai, China. People mill around outside the USSR Consulate Building. The Soviet Legation of Chinese students wave flags and shout in front of the USSR Consulate Building. Students raise clenched fists. Leader stands on wall haranguing the crowd. Students march away carrying flags on bridge.
Chinese army leaves Shanghai for Manchuria, China. Chinese troops delouse themselves by using Dichloro Diphenyl Trichliroethane (DDT) over each others head and clothes to get ready for re-sailing on U.S. landing crafts. Troops carry equipment and luggage aboard crafts.