Launch of two aircraft carriers and a battleship in the United States during World War II. People gathered at shipyards of New York Shipbuilding Corporation for the launch of the USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24). Sponsor Mrs. Thomas Holcomb seen with U.S. Marine Corps General Thomas Holcomb. Mrs. Holcomb christens the ship as it launches. Scene shifts to Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts and launching of the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). The aircraft carrier slides down skids into the water. Scene shifts to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on the same day, December 7, 1942, as the launching ceremony for the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). Carolyn Edison, wife of New Jersey Governor Charles Edison is seen christening the ship and it then slides into the water. Two boats underway in the background assist with positioning the Battleship.
Views of oil-stained motor lifeboat and cabin picket boat used by U.S. Coast Guard in rescuing survivors from the tanker, R.P. Resor, after it was torpedoed by the German U-boat U-578, on the night of 28 February, 1942, in World War 2. The Resor burned for hours afterwards with fire spread by leaking cargo oil. The only survivors, Seaman John Forsdal, and Coxwain Daniel Hey, are seen in the Coast Guard Station dining room following their rescue.
Animated map of Northeastern United States bounded with Middle States and Southeastern States. Map depicts geographical condition of Northeastern States. Map marks States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Map shows Northeastern settlement during colonial period by Scotch, English, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. Also shows influx of French Canadians during early 19th century and immigrants from different countries occupying urban Northeastern centers. Map explains the population occupying region.
Film opens with goosestepping German and Japanese soldiers. Emperor Hirohito, on a white horse. American battleships burning in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur decorating a soldierin Manila, Philippines. Air raid sirens sounding in Manila and residents hurrying to take cover.Heavy black smoke rising from a bombed site and emergency vehicles and responders rushing to several bombed and burning locations. A burning rickshaw amidst other bombing rubble and bodies of victims. General MacArthur greeted by Australian officials at his headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Sign reads: Headquarters UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES in Australia. American flag flying on tall flagpole. View from ship underway in supply convoy. A battleship seen on horizon and a destroyer passing the camera ship. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the "Lend Lease Act" of 1941. A U.S. industrial plant with four tall stacks emitting smoke. A steam locomotive belching steam. A locomotive pulling an open car and some tank cars. New 1941 Plymouth automobiles coming off a production line. A new M3 Medium Tank in a U.S. factory. View of Liberty Ships, including the "Zebulon Pike" and the "Henry Knox" under construction at the California Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Terminal Island, California. U.S. Navy Destroyers constructed at Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey. One is being launched, next to DD-446 (the USS Radford). A formation of U.S. Navy aircraft including Curtiss SBC Helldiver scout bombers and Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. A tight formation of U.S. Army Douglas B-18 Bolo medium bombers in flight. A formation of U.S. Army Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft in flight. Closeup of a U.S. Army Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight. Several huge gun barrels for guns under construction at a U.S. war plant. Large artillery shells lined up in a manufacturing plant. U.S. Army M3 Medium tanks under construction at a factory. Steam and smoke rising from a U.S. industrial plant. Aerial view of open pit iron mine. Sparks shooting up inside a steel plant. A virtual "forest" of oil derricks in the Western U.S. Coal being transported by railway. View from stern of a warship in a convoy. An Atlanta-class light cruiser leading three destroyers at sea. Transport ships in convoys to places like Australia, Britain, and the Middle East. Troops on a pier near a large transport ship. A stack of wartime supplies on a pier next to a ship destined for Russia. Glimpse of wake from a U.S. warship having triple guns astern. Silhouette of a U.S. Navy Enterprise-class Aircraft carrier, with an aircraft taking off from her deck. The aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. U.S. Army soldiers marching on parade, followed by numerous jeeps with machine guns mounted in their rears. Young men being drafted into the U.S. military. A draft lottery being conducted. New recruits doing calisthenics. Trucks pulling artillery pieces. B-18 Bolo bombers flying over U.S. tanks. Closeup of M3 tank. Cavalry fording a stream. Soldiers on motorcycles. Troops crossing a pontoon bridge. A loaded troop ship. A troop transport at Newfoundland. Sentry in Trinidad. Troops encamped in Bermuda.Troopship docked in Greenland. Troops disembarking in Iceland. Formations of Curtis P-36 Hawk aircraft. Douglas DC-2 aircraft factory. P-36s with engines running. M3 tank suspended on factory crane. Officials of Pan American nations siding with Allies. Allied troops including Dutch, Belgian, Yugoslav, Greek, Czech, Filipino, Polish, Norwegian, Free French, Australian, New Zealander, South African and Canadian. British warships. British Hawker Tempest aircraft. British comandoes.Russian troops on parade. Chinese troops on the Great Wall
A United States troop transport ship at sea during the first World War. U.S. Army troops (aka dough boys) aboard the ship. U.S. Army soldiers march in formation in a large city square area in Europe (likely France) holding rifles during World War 1. United States troop ships being loaded with American soldiers for World War I, and scenes of U.S. troops in WWI marching in the streets of a European city. Scenes from earlier during combat in the war. World War I allied soldiers on battle front in France. Soldiers run to a bomb crater area for shelter when crossing no man's land. Soldiers fire artillery. Artillery shells explode. Allied soldiers running across a battlefield as tanks run beside them toward the German enemy. People wave U.S. flags as First World War war ends with Armistice. Large crowd gathers in New York celebrating WWI armistice. Newspaper held high by a man with headline "Germany Surrenders". Views in the United States of hard times in American towns after World War I ended and war industries were no longer providing money. View of forests. Girl draws water from a well. Man and a boy operate a grindstone sharpening a saw. Farmers plowing fields with horse drawn plows during great depression era. People do agricultural works at fields. Negro farmers at cotton office. Cattle in field. Man and a woman milk cows with hands. Man pours milk in vessels. Milk processing before bottling including pouring milk through a cooling device. Men on tractor at fields. A board reads 'For the common defense'. Views of a factory. A man operates a switch on a switchboard for generating electricity. Views of a power generation plant. Narrator describes how America will prevent a slide into hard financial times again after World War 2 ends. From a 1942 production with footage from 1917 through 1942.
Post-war home front activities in New Jersey, United States, shortly after the end of World War II. Locomotive train running on railroad tracks through the main street center of Passaic New Jersey. The Great Falls of the Passaic River is seen (now part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park) with a power generating facility in the foreground. Views of various industries in the Passaic area, some deriving power from the falls. Factory workers seen outside a large industrial factory as they enter it. Narrator notes that the factories are being converted to peace time production. Women seen working in a textile mill. View of bolts of cloth, sewing, and looms. Steel mill activities. A factory making wood veneer or cardboard or thick paper. A man operates an industrial machine. Women sew clothes. Workers work on machines. View of street signs, buildings, pedestrians, and traffic with 1940s era automobiles and buses at the intersection of Broad Street and Market Street, in the Four Corners District of Newark, New Jersey. Narrator describes it as the 3rd most busy intersection in the world. Boats in Lake Hopatcong. A boat launch area at the lake and some people on the lake shore. A woman wearing a swimming cap dives into the lake from a dock.