Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
An orientation film titled 'This is the Philippines' depicts the bombing of Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft during World War II. Buildings along the sides of a street. Traffic on a road. Japanese airplanes bomb Manila in 1941. Damaged houses and buildings in the area. Smoke rises due to the bombardment. Several buildings set on fire.
An orientation film titled ' Westward is Bataan' about Japanese capture of the Philippines and the Americans surrender during World War II. Scenes of destruction from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, United States on December 7, 1941. U.S. ships being strafed and explosions occur. Excerpts from Japanese newsreel showing surrender of U.S. forces at Corregidor. United States soldiers in Corregidor, Philippines. U.S. Army General Jonathan Wainwright meets Japanese officers to surrender during the Battle of Corregidor. Japanese soldiers near Heam Battery on May 6, 1942. Japanese soldiers remove the American flag from a pole to raise the Japanese flag after the surrender. People celebrate Japanese victory in Tokyo, Japan. In Manila people gather along the streets as they wave the Japanese flags to welcome Japanese General Masaharu Homma. General Homma enters a building. Japanese soldiers parade as they carry the remains of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Corregidor. The boxes carrying the remains of the dead Japanese soldiers being handed over to Japanese women at a ceremony.
U.S. Army Major Achille C. Tisdell testifies before a military tribunal in Manila, Phillipines during the trial of Japanese Army General Masaharu Homma for World War II crimes. Major Tisdell, aide-de-camp to Commanding General of the American forces in Luzon Major General Edward King, is asked about a base hospital. He says that injured American soldiers were taken care of. He also says that enough ration was available for American troops in Bataan. He testifies that Major General Edward King was taken from Camp O'Donell to a camp at Tarlac. A member of the tribunal asks about the time when the order of the surrender was issued. Tisdell replies that he does not remember the exact time. He also talks about December 1941 when he worked in an artillery section in Manila. A woman at a typewriter as Major Tisdell testifies.
A propaganda film on mistreatment of Filipinos by the United States. Aerial view of Manila, Philippines during World War II. Manila Defense Headquarters. Japanese soldiers guard buildings and bridges. Soldiers in front of an officer. A notification near a sandbagged bunker. Soldiers patrol in the streets. Children look at the soldiers from behind a picket fence. They open a gate and go out. A soldier patrols a street at night. Two soldiers talk and go in different ways to patrol. A soldier runs. He tells his officer that he has caught two thieves who were trying to rob a Filipino couple. Two children listen to what he is saying. The next day, children under a tree. The two children recount the incident of the previous night. Other children listen. A girl on a swing listens. A soldier and a child shake hands.
A film depicts Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippine Islands during World War II. Japanese Army parades in victory through Manila. Japanese troops holding the Japanese flag parade. A band plays music. The troops march. Filipino policewomen march. Japanese Military Commander of the Philippines General Masaharu Homma sits on a reviewing stand holding a samurai sword and reviews the parade. Students of different departments of the University of the Philippines parade. A banner reads 'Manila Department Store'. Philippines General Hospital personnel, Thai and Indian students, University of Philippines students, and, members of Manila's German , Italian and Japanese community march by in review. Homma seated with officials. Homma speaks into a microphone. The Japanese flag is raised. Men on a platform take pictures. A crowd cheers and releases balloons. Aircraft in flight.