General MacArthur's Forces win new bases in Pacific. View of General MacArthur walking with officers. Australian troops advance in Madang, New Guinea. Native tribes help the soldiers. The Aussie troops wade in water. They crossover a wooden bridge balanced on a large stone. Allied dive bombers strike Japanese positions. Aussie troops advance cautiously. The ferret out Japanese troops from trenches and caves with hand grenades. The read mail from home. An Austraiian clowns around after capturing Japanese base, by walking down road with no clothing on his rear end.
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.
Two U.S. Pennsylvania class battleships underway at sea, with other warships in background, during World War 2. One fires to starboard with her 14-inch guns from the forward triple turrets. U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers flying in formation over mountains. Glimpse of General Douglas MacArthur with General Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell in gunner's station of a bomber. Montage of brief glimpses showing U.S. forces engaging Japanese forces in: amphibious assaults; firing weapons in New Guinea and other Pacific islands. U.S. warship firing naval guns. U.S. ship firing at attacking Japanese aircraft, with sky full of black flak clouds. Admiral William (Bull) Halsey. Mitsubishi A6M Zero kamikaze aircraft blown up close to flight deck of U.S. aircraft carrier. It misses the ship and crashes in flames, exploding in the water, astern. U.S. General Joseph Stilwell, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, British Allied commander Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, photographed together in India. Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek seated for a picture with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Camera moves back revealing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, also seated. Behind them stand key allied military leaders, including (from the right) Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in-chief in India; Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia forces; George Giffard — commander of Eleventh Army Group; U.S. General Daniel Isom Sultan, deputy to General Stilwell; General Joseph Stilwell, Commander China-Burma-India (CBI) Command; and General Albert Coady Wedemeyer, Chiang Kai-Shek's Chief of Staff. General Joseph Stillwell is seen stepping from a military cargo plane, and being greeted by another officer. Stilwell is wearing a campaign hat. He has the CBI patch on his jacket shouder. A B-24 Liberator bomber takes off from a Chinese base at Liuchow, or possibly, Luiliang, China. (ostensibly carrying Chinese soldiers to India for training). U.S. marked P-40 aircraft are parked beside the runway. They display the shark teeth nose art of the Flying Tiger All volunteer Group of Claire Chennault. But this is 1944 and the aircraft are from the U.S. 23rd Fighter Group. Chinese soldiers are seen being armed and trained in India, with modern small arms. They are also seen fording a river with military supplies and moving in jeeps through jungle-like settings. Various views of Ledo Road construction in Burma. bulldozers, trucks, caterpillar tractors, explosives and men are shown in construction work. A jeep rides along a muddy section of the new road while U.S. and Chinese soldiers patrol on either side to protect it. Allied soldiers firing a small field piece. A C-47 aircraft airdrops supplies to the road builders. General Stilwell, standing with a Chinese officer, looks skyward at the aircraft. A C-46 Commando plane taking off from a field in India carrying supplies. Men loading a jeep aboard a C-46, plus ammunition and other supplies. Rare sight of supplies being loaded into nose cargo compartment of the one-of-a-kind XC-108A transport plane (modified B-17 bomber, tail number 41-2593). A formation of USAAF C-45 transport aircraft flying "over the Hump." Chinese P-36 Hawk aircraft in formation demonstrate firepower. Newly trained Chinese pilots marching and walking on flightline where solid-nose B-25s and P-40s are parked. Chinese and American pilots wave to each other from their P-40 aircraft. A B-25 takes off flanked by two P-40s. Bombs being dropped by Chinese B-25s. Japanese ship being strafed by Chinese fighter plane. Chinese laborers at work building an airfield without machinery. A large group pull a paving roller by hand. Chinese troops in combat with Japanese forces. One firing a Czech ZB vz. 26 light machine gun. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek addressing the U.S. Congress, 18 February, 1943.
United States B-25 Mitchell bomber bomb Japanese Bases in New Guinea and New Britain in Pacific Theater. Preparations for the attack at night. B-25 bombers stand in a row. Pilots enter the planes. Planes take off. Aircraft in flight. Pilots seated in the cockpit. Smoke rises up due to explosions. Aerial view of the land. Splashes in water due to explosions. Planes return back after the mission is over.
Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War 2. The Battle of the Mediterranean at Malta: Smoke from burning buildings. Explosion due to bombardment. British soldiers look through binoculars, confirm target, take aim and fire antiaircraft guns at Nazi planes in flight. Nazi aircraft drop bombs. Japan: Japanese Emperor Hirohito reviews Japanese troops. Japanese troops, tanks, artillery and cavalry parade. Japanese bombers strike Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. Civilians run for cover. Burning U.S. warships. Debris removed from the Harbor. U.S. troops mobilize for the War. Australia: U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur arrives to take command of the Pacific Theater. New Guinea: The jungle campaign. U.S. troops advance over rough terrain. Natives run for cover as huts burn down. Australian and U.S. soldiers in combat. Smoke due to fire on a hill. Soldiers help wounded comrades through the New Guinea mud. Natives carry war equipment.
U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) Stinson L-5 Sentinel of the 25th Liaison Squadron "Guinea Short Lines" in flight over water during World War 2. View of Madang air strip (recently captured by Australian forces) pock marked with craters. Dogumur Bay in the background. L-5 lands and taxis on the battered strip. Other aircraft parked in the background. Crew men refuel L-5 aircraft, named "Little Larry," from fuel drums with funnel over wing. Australian soldiers carry litter bearing bandaged Indian Punjab soldier, who escaped Japanese prison camp. Airmen of 25th Liaison Squadron help the Indian Punjab soldier into the Stinson L-5 Sentinel aircraft. The Punjab soldier in cabin of the L-5 aircraft. American Sergeant (pilot) removes his passenger's hat, so he can be seen more clearly as he poses for the camera. An L-5 lands on the beach. Other L-5 aircraft parked on beach. Personnel in the background. L-5 (transporting the injured Indian Punjabi soldier) takes off in the opposite direction. Other L-5s in grass near beach. Scene shifts completely, to the injured Punjabi being assisted as he steps from the L-5, after landing back at the 25th Liaison Squadron base in Saidor, New Guinea.