On orders from General MacArthur, the 2nd Squadron (dismounted), 5th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army on a Reconnaissance in Force mission at Los Negros,Admiralty Islands. Prior to their landing, two Spitfire aircraft of No. 73 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are seen attacking Japanese positions in the jungles near the beach. U.S. Navy warships bombard the area and U.S. B-25 bombers from the 345th Bomb Group , 5th Air Force, drop bombs along the beach. After landing, the Reconnaissance Squadron, reinforced with other U.S. 1st Cavalry Division troops, advances into dense jungles. Troops spray the area with machine gun fire. A Squad seen firing a mortar. U.S. troops firing a field gun with "Bataan" written in chalk, on the barrel. B-25 bombers fly very low over edge of Momote airfield and drop bombs. 1st Cav troops battle their way against hidden Japanese forces and capture the Momote airfield. General MacArthur comes ashore and congratulates the troops. A wounded soldier carried on a stretcher. U.S. medics tend to wounded soldiers. Wounded are given plasma. Slain Japanese soldiers.
Americans win new air bases from Japan in South Pacific during World War II. Americans bombers fly towards Japanese targets in the South Pacific. Planes drop bombs on enemy positions. Explosion along the coast. Smoke rises up. Animated picture show Manus in the Admiralty Islands. American troops shell the island. U.S. cavalrymen land on the Los Negros Island and march forward. Soldiers load and fire artillery. Soldiers carry the wounded on stretcher. Dead Japanese soldiers. Soldiers move towards the airstrip on the island. Wrecked Japanese planes. Heavy equipment on the airstrip. American planes at the airstrip.
An orientation film about the American campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific during World War II. A U.S. Army intelligence officer reads a document as he studies American strategy to attack Japanese positions on the Admiralty Island in the South West Pacific. An officer at a map of Los Negros. Aerial views of the island. An aircraft lands on sea and soldiers in rubber rafts move towards the island. Soldiers reconnoiter the island. An officer at a map and he makes a phone call to confirm the strategy to be followed for the attack in the South West Pacific. Nearly 800 soldiers of 1st Cavalry Division assemble for the attack. They embark onto Higgins boat at a beach and pull away. The soldiers get aboard a ship at sea. A convoy of U.S. ships underway to invade Los Negros. Officers aboard the ship confer. Naval guns being fired at the coast of Los Negros. Aircraft in flight as they provide an aerial cover. The soldiers get into landing crafts from a ship. The aircraft in flight.
The American campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific during World War II. U.S. 6th Army soldiers aboard the ship talk. Ships in the background. A silhouetted soldier looks through binoculars towards a coast. A naval gun being manned. A man at the controls in the engine room of the ship. An officer briefs the troops before the invasion of Los Negros, Admiralty Islands. An officer speaks on a wireless. Naval guns and rockets bombard the coast at night. Smoke rises due to the bombardment.
An orientation film about the American campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific during World War II. A map of the South West Pacific area depicts islands of New Britain and New Ireland as the chief objectives of the Americans. By taking over these islands the Japanese would be isolated in the area. But a strong defense zone around these islands proves to be the main deterrent. U.S. officers including U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur discuss the strategy to attack and isolate the Japanese in the South West Pacific region. Animated map of the region depicts American plan to capture the Admiralty Island by attacking the island of Manus and Los Negros to be followed by an attack in Madang in New Guinea. This would result in isolation of New Britain and New Ireland and weaken apanese position in the region.
A documentary titled 'Hell For Leather' shows combat activities of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division during the war. Dramatization shows a 1st Cavalry soldier seated on a step and his son touches the insignia of the U.S. 1st Cavalry division on the uniform. The Cavalry unit battling the Indians at the Little Big Horn. The U.S. troops run an obstacle course. The troops undergo a combat training. They practice amphibious landings. Animated map shows the amphibious attacks on Los Negros Island in 1944. A ship underway and soldiers on the deck of the ship fire with a gun. The U.S. troops load a Landing Craft and it gets underway. They approach the shore and get off from the landing craft. The troops hold guns and advance in the wooded region. The troops firing and advancing. The wounded soldiers on a stretcher. The soldiers near an artillery fire. The soldiers firing artillery. The dead Japanese troops. The U.S. troops advance. U.S. General MacArthur praises a soldier. 'Bataan' written on the barrel of a gun.