Allied campaigns against Japan during World War II. Animated map depicts battles for various islands in the Pacific like Guadalcanal, Palau, Mariana Islands. A map of the Philippines. United States troops invade the Philippines. Naval guns fire at a shore and flak bursts are seen. Dramatic shot of a Japanese Zero aircraft approaching U.S. Navy ships that are firing guns. The Japanese aircraft is hit at close range to the ship, a wing ruptures, it is consumed in fire and crashes with explosion in the sea beside the ship. Many landing craft with U.S. Army forces landing at beach on Leyte. Soldiers land and advance inland. United States Army General Douglas MacArthur and President Sergio Osmena of the Philippines wade ashore. Native women and children on the island are assisted by U.S. forces and provided with food and protection. Following are meetings of wartime Allied leaders, shown briefly in the ending of the film:
TC: 01: 39, Prime Minister Winston Churchill meeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the battleship, USS Augusta, at Newfoundland, during the Atlantic Conference, 1941. Roosevelt stands at the railing, assisted by his son, Army Captain Elliot Roosevelt. TC: 01:41. Roosevelt and Churchill meeting with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, at the Cairo conference, in 1943. TC: 01:44. Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill pose outside the Livadia Palace during the Yalta conference, 1945. Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov, American Ambassador Harriman, British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, and Churchill's daughter, Sarah, in uniform, are among those standing behind the seated Big Three. TC: 01:46, Delegates from 51 Nations gathered for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly,in Westminster Central Hall,London, England, in 1946.
Japanese soldiers on Leyte in the Philippines during World War II. Explosions occur in a jungle. Japanese soldiers in prone position behind bushes. The soldiers advance and charge ahead. An officer briefs lined up soldiers. Bags on the backs of the soldiers. A map of Leyte island.
U.S. Third Fleet underway at sea, heads for Leyte in October 1944. Warships fire heavy guns at Leyte. Ships advance under naval bombardment. Explosions on ship. U.S. troops aboard landing crafts. Japanese troops and defense during the barrage. They take positions and begin to attack. U.S. landing crafts attacked. U.S. troops leave landing craft and wade through water. Japanese troops firing guns. Soldier raises American flag on island. Artillery fired and tanks advance. Wounded U.S. soldiers carried on litters. Dead Japanese soldier. Smoke arising from explosions in woods.
U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur's heralded return to the Philippines during World War II. A U.S. Task Force underway to attack the island of Leyte. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Walter Krueger, seated between U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Theodore Stark "Ping" Wilkinson and Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the Task Force Flagship, U.S. Cruiser, USS Nashville (CL-43) en route to Leyte. Animated map describes the Leyte campaign. General MacArthur standing on the Nashville, smoking his signature corn cob pipe. U.S. warships bombarding the Island. U.S. troops of the 24th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division assault the beach from landing craft, as General MacArthur and his Chief of Starr, Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland, watch from the Nashville. After the beachhead is secured, General MacArthur and President Osmena, of the Philippines, shake hands. MacArthur wades ashore from a landing craft accompanied by President Omena and an entourage of high ranking officers. U.S. troops are seen wading ashore from LSTs. One is numbered 474. Scenes ashore. A water buffalo. Wrecked Japanese tanks. Filipino inhabitants emerging to begin clearing debris away from what is left of their homes. Damaged buildings in Tacloban, .the Provincial Capital of Leyte. Filipino inhabitants gathered under a tent, smiling. President Osmena speaking from the steps of the Provincial Capital building, with General MacArthur and his entourage standing behind.
The sea voyage of the victory ship Hannibal Victory from San Francisco to the Philippine Islands during World War II. The ship underway in the Pacific ocean. A map locates Philippine Islands and Leyte. The ship convoy underway. Men standing near the deck gun. The semaphore signaling system is being used. A man wearing earphones standing near the deck gun.
Interviews of the rescued U.S. prisoners of war at the 118th General Hospital in Leyte, Philippine islands during World War II. U.S. Navy man Walter Kane from Baltimore being interviewed regarding his experience as a prisoner. Walter Kane shares his experiences.