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.
After brief opening scenes of U.S. ships bombed in Pearl Harbor in 1941, the clip recounts Japanese invasion of China following the September 1931 Mukden Incident, and diplomatic League of Nations efforts in 1932 to diffuse the situation. Japanese troops invade Manchuria and China. Japanese troops march with rifles in hands. Board at League of Nations entrance reads 'Societe De Nations'. Guards in uniform stand in front of a gate. Members attend the League of Nations meeting. Japanese delegates leave after resigning. Japanese air raid in China. Japanese troops invade Shanghai. Fleet of Japanese aircraft in flight. They bomb over Chinese targets. Chinese troops moving in mass on the Great Wall of China.
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.
Japanese international activities during World War II, 1931-1945. Troops embark for Manchuria. Shanghai lies in ruins (1937). Japanese delegation leaves the League of Nations. Soldiers fire artillery and guns. War in China. Italian troops invade Ethiopia. French troops guard Madrid. A party celebrates the Axis pact of 1940. The dignitaries of the three nations: Italy, Germany and Japan celebrate the signing of the pact. Chinese refugees clog the street. Pearl Harbor being attacked. Remnants of the U.S. fleet assemble. The U.S. amphibious assault on Guadalcanal. General Macarthur returns to the Philippines. Iwo Jima being attacked by the Allies General Buckner watches Japanese surrender on Okinawa. Kamikaze planes attack Us aircraft carriers.
in Tai-len (perhaps AKA Ta-lien-wan or Talienwan) Manchuria, Mongolians gather in large numbers to celebrate the Transformation of Maidar (Maitreya), a festival that honors Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future. Flags decorate a wooden sculpture of Maitreya. Mongolians offer prayers at the holy shrine.Monks sit in a tent and people bow to holy scriptures. Mongolians lay out wooden trays of smoked meats. People along with religious leaders, gather near the flag-decorated sculpture and bow down in prayer. Offering bowls and incense sticks are seen beside the shrine. A Mongolian leader garbed in white and holding a sort of scepter, sits with a retinue under a canopy during the proceedings. He is later seen wearing a white hat and waving the scepter toward the celebrants.
Opening scene shows a Japanese military brass band playing at the edge of a parade ground. View shifts to behind a group of military officers standing side-by-side. They all salute as Emperor Hirohito passes by in an Imperial 18th Century horse-drawn coach, followed by two more just like it. Camera continues to view from behind the officers, as a mounted officer joins in front of them. Next, a mounted officer passes carrying the Japanese national flag. Following him is Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse, followed by a general on a black horse and six mounted high-ranking Japanese military officers. Scene shifts to a reviewing stand that a Japanese General shareswith several others, including a civilian. The general speaks into a microphone. The next view is from behind a formation of uniformed military officers. The emperor leads a procession of mounted officers along the center of the parade ground. The formation of officers is seen from the front, as they salute. The Emperor's entourage appears to include a British military officer (possibly military attache)and other foreign military officers. Glimpse of Japanese warplanes in formation overhead. Emperor Hirohito on his white horse, saluting as a small colorguard passes and then large formations of troops pass in review. Tractors, pulling field artillery pieces and horse-drawn artillery pass in review. A contingent of mounted lancers move past at a canter, followed by mounted cavalry. Scene shifts completely to the Japanese dreadnought battleship, Nagato (with curved forward funnel) moored amidst other ships in a harbor, including sailing vessels. Camera pans across the harbor where other warships are seen in the distance. Next, the Nagato is seen slowly moving in the harbor. Camera ship passing a stationary Japanese destroyer. Complete change of scene, to Manchuria, where Manchurians wave Japanese flags as mounted Japanese troops pass them on a road. Japanese troops entering a fort, accompanied by a military band. They proceed past a parked Japanese Type 92 Chiyoda armored car. Japanese troops celebrating victory with Banzai cheer. Japanese throwing food to Manchurians. Japanese troops engaged in live fire training exercise over a stretch of barran terrain. Japanese soldiers advancing against simulated enemies. A Japanese officer calling his troops to attention in a farm yard. Manchurian farmer, nearby is upset by damage to his garden. Closeup of the field officer in a couple of settings, and speaking to his troops. His troops arrange their rifles into small stacks for ready retrieval and then proceed to repair damage they created in the farmer's garden. Closeup of the farmer thanking the officer for their help. He then joins the troops using his hoe to assist them.