September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
1943: An animated map depicts the strategic Japanese air and shipping base at Nubia in Papua New Guinea, during World War Two. 25 August 1943, Nubia: USAAF 5th Air Force B-24 Liberator bombers drop 1000 lb demolition bombs, from 16,000 feet, over Nubia. They target bivouac and supply areas. That afternoon, U.S. B-25s, flying low to the ground, make strafing attacks against the Japanese airfield at Nubia. United States soldiers unload jeeps, bulldozers, scrapers and other construction equipment in an abandoned Japanese airfield at Nadzab. U.S. 5th AAF constructing their air base. USAAF C-47s bring Australian infantrymen to the new base.
Arrival of units of 7th Australian Division at an air field in Nadzab, New Guinea. A C-47 plane lands at Nadzab airfield. Planes and units of 7th Australian Division on the airfield. The troops unload the plane. The C-47 takes off. Troops disembark from the plane and unload supplies. The plane is in flight. At the airfield the troops unload the planes. A soldier erects a direction board which reads 'Assembly Area' and another soldier holds a direction board which reads 'Transit Camp'. A C-47 takes off. Planes and soldiers at the airfield.
U.S. Paratroopers are briefed with sand table in Nadzab, New Guinea. Paratroopers prepare ammunition for machine guns. Equipment is checked. Men put on their chutes. Long convoy of trucks loaded with Paratroopers moves out of the area. Paratroopers at the airport put on their parachutes and equipment. They board planes.
Planes in flight in Nadzab, New Guinea. Paratroopers seated for jump signal. They get up. Hook their static line and jump out of the door. Ground covered with paratroopers. Smoke seen in background.
A runway in Nadzab, New Guinea. The runway and landscape seen through a side window as a plane takes off. Three planes on an airfield. Smoke in the background. A smashed Douglas C-47 Skytrain.