The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
Scenes from the Naval Battle of Midway, in World War 2. A helmeted sailor, on deck of a U.S warship, silhouetted next to a propeller blade. A Fletcher-class U.S. Navy destroyer in background. View from near top of a Curtiss SOC Seagull airplane on the USS Portland (CA-33),as she fires two of her 5 inch antiaircraft guns, amidship,during the battle of Midway. Air is filled with low-altitude black flak smoke. A Japanese G4M1 model 11 ("Betty") bomber flies close by at low altitude across the line of sight. Smoke rises from the Portland's gunfire. Another Betty bomber low over the water in far background. Aerial view of a burning Japanese cruiser, far below, maneuvering to evade American attacks. View from U.S. airplane circling closer to the smoking Japanese cruiser. Closeups of panned stills showing severely damaged Japanese warships. Scene shifts to a large formation of Navy personnel in dress whites, where U.S. Admiral Chester Nimitz is decorating navy personnel who distinguished themselves in the battle. Nimitz sits, visiting a wounded sailor, at a hospital. U.S.Army Air Forces B-17 Crews, who bombed Japanese ships, are seen being interviewed on Midway Island. Scene shifts to war plants in the United States where warplanes are being manufactured. B-24 Liberator bombers being rolled out of a plant. Graduation ceremony at the U.S. Naval academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. Spectators watch as the cadet corps parades. View inside the historic hall of the old academy filled with spectators, cadets graduate a year early due to the war. Graduating cadets shaking hands with Academy administrators. Cadets of the class of 1943 cheer and throw their hats in the air at end of commencement ceremonies on June 19, 1942.
Introduction to Midway Island and the Battle of Midway. Scenes of U.S. Navy and Marines on Midway Island during World War 2. Map of the Pacific locates Midway and other places. U.S. Navy PBY Catalina patrol planes in flight. Pilot in the cockpit of a patrol plane. View from the sea of Midway Island. U.S. Navy PT boats in the harbor. A Catalina just landed is recovered by sailors, in swim suits,who pull it ashore on a ramp. A U.S. Marine Corps honor guard carrying Marine Corps and American flag, leads a contingent of Marines marching across a pier. Sea birds in flight and Gooney birds on the ground, on Midway Island. U.S. military personnel relaxing at sunset. One plays the song,"Red River Valley," on an accordian. Others smoke and converse. Thunder is heard from isolated storm clouds in the distance.
The Aleutian Islands Campaign of World War II. A map shows the Aleutian Islands situated in the North Pacific Ocean forming the southern boundary of the Bering Sea. Volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands. The rocky coast of the island. A man stands on an ice covered ship. A boat carries some people. An aircraft lands on sea. A ship in the rough seas. In 1942: Animated map depicts Japanese invasion of Midway Island and Dutch Harbor and U.S. response to the attack. An aircraft takes off. U.S. Army officers who participated in the Battle of Dutch Harbor include Lieutenants Charles H. Briggs, Jack Todd, Jep C, Jonson, James E. Breeding, Virgil Alleman and Jack S. Marks. Active volcanoes in the background. Army camps in the Aleutian Islands.
Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The Battle of Midway, June 1942: A fleet of U.S. warships underway off the Midway Island. U.S. aircraft bomb the Island. A Japanese ship is hit. The ship on fire. Black smoke rises from the wreckage. U.S. soldiers fire deck guns at Japanese aircraft. Pacific Theater: U.S. Army Air Force C-47 Skytrains or Dakotas in flight over the battlefield. Allied parachute troops and supplies dropped from the aircraft in New Guinea. Parachute troops descend towards the ground. Allied aircraft carriers underway. U.S. aircraft on a carrier deck. Airmen prepare the aircraft for take off. The aircraft taxi and take off. U.S. B-24 Liberators drop bombs. Explosions as deck guns are fired. Explosions near a ship in the water. A U.S. carrier under kamikaze attack by a Japanese aircraft. The hit aircraft descends towards the ship and into the water.
Battle of Midway in Midway island during World War II. A U.S. seaplane in flight above the clouds. The American pilot in the aircraft. Aerial view of Midway island. A ship anchored at the harbor and smoke rising from the chimney. The seaplane taxis on water. Men pull the aircraft back. The U.S. Marines march on the island. A soldier holds U.S. flag. Ducks and other birds seen. Sunset and a ship in the foreground. Officers and a sailor seen. The U.S. plane taxis with a barricade in the foreground. A group of air force personnel discuss. The crew repair the aircraft. View of various parts of the aircraft. A man fills fuel in the fuel tank of the aircraft. Views of a man, a woman knitting and a girl talking on phone. The U.S. plane taxis take off. A crew man watches through binoculars. Japanese aircraft in formation flight. Japanese aircraft attack the island, setting fire to a hangar, a ship, and other targets. Anti aircrafts guns fired. Japanese aircraft downed. The U.S. aircraft take off. Smoke in the background. Explosions and fire blaze on the island. The U.S. flag raised on the mast.