A film justifying Japanese fight in mainland China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldier looks through binoculars. Soldiers on horsebacks advance. Army jeeps move along a field. The Great Wall of China. Japanese troops fire artillery. Aircraft in flight. Japanese soldiers in prone positions. The troops fire from a trench. They load artillery gun with shells on a field. A map of China highlights puppet state of Manchukuo in Manchuria established by Japan in 1932. Celebrations in Manchukuo showing Japanese troops and a band along the streets. Children march holding flags.
Several men stroll along a path in the park, on a warm day, in Harbin china. A pavilion is seen, decorated with small flags of many nations, including, among others:Japan; Turkey; the United states; Egypt; Greece; and Great Britain. (Although the United States and most other nations did not ever formally recognize the independent State of Manchukuo, the U.S. and others maintained consulates in Harbin and had a number of their citizens residing there.) Attendees walk to seats in an open theater in the park. It contains seats and benches. A formation of Japanese biwing bombers flies overhead. Tables for Manchuckuo officials and special guests are on a raised platform. The backdrop is decorated with two crossed flags of the new Manchukuo, flanking a picture of its new leader, Manchurian former emperor of China, Aisin-Gioro Pu-Yi, aka "Henry Pu-Yi." The event proceeds with speeches and applause from the attendees. Two large Manchukuo flags are stretched out from the gateway of the park. A tram (street car) passes along tracks and powered by overhead electric wires. The tram is decorated with numerous small flags. Local people are seen going about their routine business on the streets. The flag of Manchuckuo flying on a flag pole.
Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.
Pan of a military compound. A Unit of cavalry, carrying the flag of Manchukuo, exits a military base. A wind sock flies in breeze at airbase. Two Japanese military biplanes take off. Japanese flag flying on very high flag pole. A well-tended military building, with sand bagged sentry post at the entrance. Japanese officers on horseback observe a troop of cavalry parading loosely along a dirt street. They carry the Japanese flag. Closeup of the senior officer saluting the passing troop. A line of Japanese Type 94 tankettes moves along a dirt street. Horses being loaded on a wooden ferry for transport across a river, as a type 94 tankette enters the water and proceeds along the river. vies of the flat ferry carrying the horses. three tankettes moving along in the river. A train at station platform. Japanese soldiers and others on the platform. Sign at station reads Manchuria, in Cyrillic and Chinese. Manchukuo flag atop train station building. A beach scene, with hills across the water. A sentry
on a lookout tower atop a building. Mounted Japanese cavalrymen with their officers on a hill overlooking the water.
Japanese officials meeting in strategy session. Japanese infantry on mission to cut Chinese supply lines during 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Black smoke rises as they move along a river bank. Chinese prisoner-workers are forced to rebuild railroads destroyed by the Chinese people during their great Westward trek. Japanese soldier closely guards workers. A Japanese army armored train underway on the rebuilt railroad, as Japanese soldiers cheer. Animated map shows China's supply lines by sea, to Tsingtao, Hangchow, and Amoy, cut off by Japanese naval blockade. Japanese Navy launch with officers and crew moving near commercial ships as they take over Chinese river ports. War materiel and other supplies destined for China, including trucks, sit idle, unable to be transported to their destinations. Large oil tanks and drums of gasoline are shown, as well as gun barrels and a flightline filled with parked Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft. The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Asakaze (DD-3) and another, next to it, in a Chinese river port. A Japanese freighter with anchored weighed, secured by long lines to a wharf. Small boats flying Japanese Naval ensigns are next to it. View of map showing china, Burma, Indo-China, and Chungking, with Japanese blockading fleet stationed in the South China Sea. It traces path of narrow gauge rail line from Indo-china to Kumming,China, where it connected to an overland road to Chungking. Next it traced the old Camel Caravan route, across China, from Russia. Narrator notes these were to small to be useful and too close to Japanese-occupied territory. Next, the map traces a railroad that from the port of Rangoon to Lashio, Burma. It is separated from the road to Chungking, by mountains and gorges. Views of the actual mountainous terrain. Animal pack trains moving through the area. Construction engineers in a large drafting room designing a road to transit the area. View of modern road-building caterpillar tractor equipment of the type needed to accomplish this. View of Chinese laborers using manpower instead. They push large rollers and employ pickaxes and other hand-held tools to carve away and dig road beds. Masses of Chinese laborers at work, carving a road along the edge of a mountain. Two-men teams using manual tampers to pound down the roadbed. Children are employed along with adults. A woman with a baby on her back, pounding large rocks into gravel, surrounded by other children doing the same. View from above of the "Burma Road," the product of their labors, winding its way through the mountains and gorges. Many scenes of trucks moving along portions of the Burma Road. P-40 airplanes flying past white cumulus clouds, overhead. Animated map shows continued expansion of Japanese occupied areas to encompass two thirds of the rail lines in China with goal of controlling the remainder, starting at Chengchow, in Summer, 1938. View of Chengchow region, on banks of the Yellow River. Map illustrates flow pattern of the Yellow River. View from past of the Yellow River's Spring floods toward the Sea, with Chinese people throwing rocks onto dikes that keep the river flowing in a more Northerly direction than its former course. Illustration shows how with Japanese encrouching on Chengchow, the Chinese decided to destroy those dikes and allow the river to flood over its former more Southerly course. Japanese soldiers being inundated by the flooding river. Japanese infantry and tanks regrouping on their occupied side of the new (old) path of the Yellow River. Local Chinese residents of Chengchow, wade with belongings as they leave their flooded homes.
A Japanese militaristic propaganda film about the material and spiritual strength of Japan. Narration by General of the Imperial Japanese Army Baron Sadao Araki. Map of Asia. Image of an artillery shell followed by animation of large blotch marks covering large sections of Asia. Scenes of Japanese troops marching in countryside and on railway beds. Sign in English 'Soochow'. Troops loaded into open rail cars and a steam engine pulling the train out of a station. Troops resting along a roadway, with civilians walking by among them. Some of the soldiers water and care for the horses. Many signs in Japanese in an urban center. Some depict warfare and conquering of territory. It appears to depict the 1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria known as the Mukden Incident or the Manchurian Incident, part of the Second Sino-Japanese War. A parade on a city boulevard, with leaflets dropped everywhere blowing on the ground. A dragon costume controlled by many people. Children marching in a group. A regiment of Japanese soldiers marching in formation. An entrance way covered by the angled, draped flags of Japan and Manchukuo.