U.S. 1st Marine division riflemen advance cautiously behind Sherman M4 tanks on a trail through heavy jungle in Talasea, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, during World War 2. Tank crews fire their guns point blank at Japanese positions. Marine in tank turret fires machine gun. Tanks rake side of trail with gunfire as they lead riflemen along the trail. They pass a metal building in Japanese installation.
United States Marines of 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, invade Talasea, New Britain, Papua New Guinea in World War 2. A Marine digs on the ground with a knife and uncovers a Japanese Model 93 ("Tape-measure") mine. He picks it up and scrapes mud from around the cover of the detonator. Marines walk on dirt road carrying equipment. Marines firing M2 60mm light mortar. Long line of heavily laden Marines slogging along jungle path.
U.S. 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, in Australia, preparing aerial photographs they took of Japanese positions in Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, during World War 2. Rabaul prints being dried. A photo tech working on the prints. Another airman arrives and works with him. The prints are trimmed and sorted.
The Allied campaign across New Guinea and onward to the Philippines during World War 2. U.S. warships firing their guns at night. Flashes illuminate the blackness. Bombs dropping from an aircraft bomb bay. Bombs exploding on stretch of jungle near water. A U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 bomber in flight View rearward from very low flying USAAF bomber as it bombs it drops explode behind. U.S. troops making amphibious assault on New Guinea. Map showing path of Allied attacks from Australia, across New Guinea from Port Moresby to Buna and on to the Admiralty Islands, cutting off Japanese-held Rabaul, New Britain. Map shows Allied forces moving towards Japanese strongholds at Wewak and along the North shore of New Guinea and bypassing Wewak to strike at Hollandia. General Douglas MacArthur is seen aboard a U.S. warship conferring with American and Philippine officers. Annimated map shows Allied assaults on Japanese positions along the coast from Hollandia, to Warde, Biak, and beyond, stepping along towards the Philippines. Views of numerous fallen Japanese soldiers numbering more than 150 thousand dead. Crosses in battlefield cemetery at graves of some of the more than 13 thousand Allied military who lost their lives during the campaign. A soldier paying respects at one of the gravesites. Admiral Chester Nimitz with members of his staff at his headquarters in Hawaii. U.S. Navy F4F aircraft launching from an American aircraft carrier. American aircraft bombing Japanese positions on an atoll. U.S. warships bombarding Japanese positions with their heavy guns. Admiral Nimitz standing with Admiral William Halsey. More Navy gunfire and amphibious assault scenes. Map showing places where Allied forces had to battle the Japanese, including, Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein, in the Marshals, Saipan, and Guam in the Marianas, and Palau to complete the "bridging" of the Pacific to the doorstep of the Philippines.
The 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron in Australia during World War II. A United States Army Air Force P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. P-38 photo recon aircraft being loaded with film magazines and then buttoned up. The P-38 Lightning aircraft takes off on a mission to photograph Japanese positions in Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, during World War 2. The aircraft lands after returning from the mission.
Bob Hope and members of his USO troupe ride on a PT boat during visit to entertain U.S. Navy personnel during World War 2. In opening scene, Bob Hope doffs his pith helmet as he strolls past the camera to climb aboard a PT boat (PT-331) of U.S. Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 21, where several naval officers greet him. Members of Hope's USO troupe, Patty Thomas, and Francis Langford, step from jeeps to board the PT boat. Next, the two are seen in the cockpit of the boat next to its captain, Lieutenant Kermit W. Montz, USNR, as the boat speeds along in the water. Among sailors occasionally glimpsed behind them is Radioman 1st Class bill Thielen. In change of scene, Bob Hope climbs out a hatch, holding onto his pith helmet to keep it from blowing off. The boat's number, 331 is clearly displayed on superstructure behind him. (Note: (Squadron 21 received a Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding performance during the Huon Peninsula Campaign against Japanese forces from October 1943 to March 1944.)