Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Governor of Maryland asks Civil Defense volunteers in Maryland, United States. Governor of Maryland Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin seated at the table in his office. Governor McKeldin appeals for volunteers for the state's Civil Defense Program.
Negro life and training of teachers in Bowie, Maryland, United States. Houses at a distance on a farmland. Trees and tower in the background. Board on the farmland reads 'Maryland State Normal School Bowie Maryland trains elementary teachers'. School building with a flag on its top. House behind the trees.
United States Coast Guard pre invasion activities in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States during World War II. A United States Army jeep being hoisted aboard a ship. American Coast Guardsmen on board the ship underway in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States in January , 1944. A Landing Craft Tank along side a ship as Army troops get onto it. LCT pulls away. Various United States Coast Guard transports underway in the Bay. A man at a steering wheel. Various landing craft underway,practicing in the bay. A soldier on the beach directs as landing craft approach the beach. Ramps of landing crafts being lowered and troops move off the craft as they practice debarkation of troops prior to an invasion.
A U.S. Army Air Forces Douglas B-18 bomber burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor. At first it is obscured by flames and smoke. United States soldiers run around the burning aircraft. Cars and other army vehicles drive past the burning aircraft. A fire fighter is seen on the broken wing of the airplane, directing water on the fuselage, while flames and smoke are all around. The nose canopy is missing from the bomber and half the right wing and engine are broken off. Its tail is damaged. Burned out remains of the aircraft is shown at end of film.
New York Daily News headline reads 'Japan at war with U.S.' Journal American newspaper headline reads:'US votes war'. Boxes of M-1 ammunition being off-loaded from a ship and placed on a roller conveyer. U.S. Army tank, trucks, and aircraft ready for shipment overseas.