A film about events leading up to the independence of the Philippines and the life of people there after. Traffic on streets of a city in the Philippines. Huts in a village. Men work in a paddy field. A landowner with his family. Farmers plow a field with the aid of a cattle drawn plow. Cane sugar loaded on a railroad car being transported. Filipinos work on cane in a field. Natives work in an abaca field to obtain Manila hemp. Abaca being processed to obtain hemp. A rope being made out of the hemp in a factory. The rope being rolled out of the factory. Ores of chromite and gold being transported in containers. Workers at a gold mine. People at Manila Stock Exchange. Exports being loaded onto merchant ships at a port.
A documentary depicts combat activities of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division during World War II. Troops fight on Luzon Island and in Manila. The U.S. troops on tanks and on a dirt road on Luzon Island. The troops advance towards Manila. The troops on a tank. Guns fired.. The troops near an artillery fire. A tank rolls on a mud road. The troops in the city. A damaged brick wall. Troops enter through a hole in the wall. The tanks fired in a field. Troops carry an injured soldier. A picture of the Commander of 1st Cavalry Division in 1939.
U.S. Army Major Achille C. Tisdell testifies before a military tribunal in Manila, Philippines during the trail of Japanese Army General Masaharu Homma for World War II crimes. Major Tisdell takes an oath on the 16th day of the Homma trial. He says that he was aide-de-camp to Major General E.P. King, Commanding General of the American forces in Luzon in April, 1942. Major Tisdell recalls that Japanese forces had pushed back the American forces in Bataan to a point that it was difficult for the Americans to reorganize. He also talks about the lack of ration for the American forces. Major Tisdell says that U.S. reserves were released for the forces. He says that on 9th April, 1942 General King was unable to make contact with Japanese commander and Colonel Edward C. Williams volunteered to make contact with the Japanese.
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.
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 how long he was at Camp O'Donnell. He says that he was there from April 13, 1942 to June 1, 1942. He recalls that at the camp the commanding officer of the prison camp addressed them. Major Tisdell being questioned about the Red Cross supplies. He says that once Red Cross food and medical supplies arrived at the camp gates but were not permitted to enter. He also speaks about the number of times he was questioned at the camp and that he was offered an opportunity to move to Manila and work for the Japanese. He says that a number of times the prisoners were beaten for no reason by the Japanese guards.
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.