30,000 cavalry horses put on sale in Nebraska, United States. Cavalry horses and mules at Fort Robinson. Horses and mules driven cart move slowly with soldiers. A United States soldier inspects the teeth of the soldier. The mule is inspected by the soldiers before they are sold. Cavalry horses and mules are driven to winter feeding grounds.
Scenes from downtown North Platte Nebraska as citizens get word of the surrender by Japan and the end of World War II. On V-J day, people of North Platte come out on the streets to celebrate the end of combat in the war. They hug each other and burn fire crackers to celebrate the event. Children sell newspaper on the street carrying news of victory over Japan as the main lead. Man riding on a horse back carries flag of United States, as a part of celebration. Others sit on top of their car with victory slogans written on it. Traffic jams as people come out in large numbers to celebrate. Stores Hirschfeld Mens Clothing and Dixons Jewelry are among many stores seen on main streets during celebration.
Several scenes of large map of United States of America. Nebraska is outlined and Omaha (Headquarters location of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) is highlighted. An arrow points a bold dot representing city of Omaha in Nebraska,United States.
Representatives of three nations, seated around table at Potsdam Conference held at Cecilienhof in Potsdam, Germany. British prime minister, Clement Attlee; President of United States, Harry Truman; and representative of Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference, July 1945. They deliver an ultimatum of unconditional surrender to Japan. Swarms of B-29 bombers and Aircraft Carrier Task Forces destroy Japanese homeland. Planes on carrier decks.Navy Grumman carrier-based TBF aircraft dropping bombs.. Destruction of ships at sea. Mushroom cloud due to atomic bombing. Chart depicts the power of one atomic bomb. Britain's 'grand slam' bomb, most destructive conventional bomb ever produced. Doctor Ernest Orlando Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron (atom smashing machine). A man works at the Cyclotron at the University of California, Berkeley. General Leslie Groves, head of the project speaks. He is seated with Dr Vannevar Bush, government director of science and research, and Dr Richard Tolman, technical expert. Quantities of uranium shipped from Alberta, Canada are used in bombs. The atomic bomb process (Manhattan Project) is developed in widely separated areas; scenes from Hanford Project plant in Richmond, Washington. Project personnel exit cars and enter into the search area. Lieutenant colonel Franklin T Matthias with the army corps of engineers, appointed to the Hanford Project. Sign of 'Oak Ridge' in Tennessee. Largest of the three atomic bomb plants located near the TVA dam. Employed personnel in atomic bomb plants. Man and woman employees at the plan read a Knoxville Journal newspaper in August 1945 with headline "Power of Oak Ridge Atomic Bomb hits Japs". View of dense prefabricated home communities to house large number of Oak Ridge plant workers. View of families setting up their houses in trailer towns after the prefabricated homes were full. People come out from the Henebry's Jewelers and super market. Joseph Stalin at conference. Russian artillery and troops in a parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia (these parade scenes are from the May 1, 1945 May Day parade, just days before Germany's surrender). President Harry Truman reports on the latest developments regarding the war with Japan. He states that the United States is prepared to destroy every productive enterprise in Japan and the U.S. shall completely destroy its power to make war. He warns of an attack by the U.S. due to the rejection of the July 26th ultimatum at Potsdam. He warns that Japan "should expect a rain of ruin from the air; the like of which has never been seen on this earth." Truman notes that it will be followed by an unprecedented sea and land invasion of Japan.
Farms in the Northwestern United States. Animated map shows wheat producing areas in the United States. A tractor plow in operation. Wheat is cut using a harvester. A thresher in operation on a field. Wheat is loaded in a truck. The truck hauls wheat to grain elevators. A box car used to transport wheat to a flour mill. Animation depicts the transportation of wheat to flour mills and then the transportation of flour to the rest of the United States. Animated map shows corn belts in the United States. Corn is harvested on a field. Corn loaded in a tractor is transported. Corn being stocked in silos. Fields of rye in Nebraska. Harvesting of flax and hay. Animated map shows annual rainfall in cultivated areas. A piece of land is plowed. Animated map shows various irrigation projects. Farmers work in a sugar beet field.
United States and Chinese airmen at Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas July 1946.
The Neo-Classical building is the Texas State Capital at Austin, Texas and Austin Texas is noted on the graduate’s diploma “Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas”. At this time the 349th Troop Carrier Group was based at Bergstrom and assigned to the Third Air Force, Tactical Air Command as noted on the diploma. Also “Air Force Combat Units of World War II” Edited by Maurer Maurer states this unit trained Chinese crews to operate C-46 aircraft.
Film is very interesting in that it visually shows the transition from “Army brown to Air Force Blue” for the C-46s still carry the I TROOP CARRIER COMMAND insigne on the nose, with was disbanded on 4 Nov 1945 but they have the new AAF wide "Buzz Numbers" for all aircraft operating solely within the continental USA, by T.O. 07-1-1 of November 1945 and the graduate’s diploma is notating the new post-war air force type command reorganization of March 1946.