September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
Allied campaign in Lae- Salamaua in New Guinea during World War II Australian 7th Division soldiers move forward and take over Lae. Soldiers move through the ruins of the city. Soldiers at artillery. A soldier holds a native child after rescuing it. Damaged Japanese planes and a hangar at an airfield after Allied bombings. Damaged Japanese barges in the harbor. Soldiers play piano, relax and eat as they celebrate their victory in Lae. Australian flag hoisted by the soldiers.
The Allied campaign in Lae- Salamaua in New Guinea during World War II. An animated map of New Guinea depicts the Allied activities in Salamaua and Lae. Allied soldiers fire pack Howitzer at Japanese positions in a wooded area. Smoke rises. Soldiers advance along the jungle terrain. An Allied convoy underway. The Australian 9th Division heads for Lae. Naval guns fired at the shoreline before the landing. Japanese aircraft in flight is shot down. The Australian 9th Division soldiers transfer from a ship onto a barge and head for the coast. Soldiers land and move inland. Engineers build bridges and repair roads. Soldiers push heavy equipment through the jungle. A wrecked truck on the beach. A jeep carries supplies on the beach. Soldiers aboard an American patrol boat off the coast of Lae.
The Allied campaign in Lae-Salamaua, New Guinea during World War II. A map of New Guinea depicts the Allied activities in Salamaua and Lae. American paratroopers drop from an aircraft in Markham Valley. Transport planes lined up as they bring Australian 7th Division soldiers and equipment to the area. Soldiers march towards Lae. They hold a sign that reads 'Lae'. Australian soldiers ride bikes on a slippery road as one of them spills. Australian soldiers fire a 25 pounder from concealed position. U.S. Army Air Forces B-17 aircraft in flight. Japanese anti aircraft guns fired at the aircraft.
Scenes from the Japanese South Seas Force invasion of coastal New Guinea in March 1942, during World War 2. Stern of a ship. Smoke rising from a ship in the far background. Japanese warships underway at sea, mountains in the background. A Japanese man on deck of warship, paints picture of historic naval victory. Animated map showing Northern Australia and New Guinea, with animated bombs falling on Port Moresby and flags showing Japanese-held positions at Lae and Salamaua on the coast of the Solomon Sea, to the North. A view of the coastline on the Solomon Sea. Japanese troops are seen in a column making their way through the jungles.They stand with the rising sun battle flag and proceed further, pulling field pieces and carrying other war materiel. View from inside a dwelling, as the Japanese troops enter town of Lae. Destroyed hangars and aircraft at the Lae airfield, which the Japanese bombed on January 21, 1942. The Japanese rising sun flag flying on a tall flag pole. Japanese ships in harbor.
Bob Hope and members of his USO troupe ride on a PT boat during visit to entertain U.S. Navy personnel during World War 2. In opening scene, Bob Hope doffs his pith helmet as he strolls past the camera to climb aboard a PT boat (PT-331) of U.S. Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 21, where several naval officers greet him. Members of Hope's USO troupe, Patty Thomas, and Francis Langford, step from jeeps to board the PT boat. Next, the two are seen in the cockpit of the boat next to its captain, Lieutenant Kermit W. Montz, USNR, as the boat speeds along in the water. Among sailors occasionally glimpsed behind them is Radioman 1st Class bill Thielen. In change of scene, Bob Hope climbs out a hatch, holding onto his pith helmet to keep it from blowing off. The boat's number, 331 is clearly displayed on superstructure behind him. (Note: (Squadron 21 received a Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding performance during the Huon Peninsula Campaign against Japanese forces from October 1943 to March 1944.)