Newsreel clip entitled "Ball Players Train in North" shows major league baseball teams holding spring training in 1943. Teams were not allowed to travel south to Florida because of World War 2 travel restrictions. First part of clip shows men (presumably baseball players) riding in a horse and buggy along a tree-lined road. Giants seen running on field and meeting with manager and Hall of Fame outfielder Mel Ott. Players pose for camera, all wearing long sleeves. Closeup of Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell. Giants players seen throwing at posters of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo -- Leaders of the Axis powers during the war. Players look at the posters after throwing; note patriotic war patch on Giant player's sleeve. Clip shifts to Washington Senators training camp the same year. Coach and renowned baseball clown Nick Altrock leads players in warmup drills. Players warm up in outfield, near what looks like a heating plant. Closeup of Senators pitcher Dutch Leonard throwing. Closeup of Senators owner Clark Griffith (in overcoat) talking with manager Ossie Bluege. Closeup of Bluege. Players marvel over of 7-foot player Richard Ahrens, who was signed by the Senators that spring as a possible publicity stunt; he never appeared in a minor or major league game. Washington players pretend to warm themselves up by small campfire on the field. Another shot of Altrock. (Note: There is no indication where these clips were taken but the Giants trained in Lakewood, New Jersey that spring and the Senators trained in College Park, Maryland. )
Belle Bart, famous astrologer at desk in her office, New York, USA. She speaks on her predictions for the Year 1936. She reminds viewers of her predictions for the year 1935. She says that the period of prosperity will extend from 1936-1943. She further says that although war is imminent in the far East, and that some nations will become eclipsed during this period, the general trend through 1943 will be "happiness and prosperity for all."
The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. Army Signal Corps officers train at the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Officers train at telegraph machines under the supervision of an instructor. Officers seated at desks in a classroom. Instructors take classes with the help of charts, diagrams and black boards. Officers seated atop electric poles for training. Two officers train in hand-to-hand combat at the OCS. Officers learn to use Radio Relay. Students listen to an instructor as he demonstrates the process. A U.S. soldier lays field wire across a hilly terrain to establish wire communications in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers on the hill. Soldiers set up a sending station at the point where the wire can't go forward. A receiver is set up at the point from where the wire can go forward again. A soldier receives a photograph of a map through facsimile. Items of signal communication including radio relays, receivers, walkie-talkies, radio boxes and fuses to be produced and distributed by the USA Signal Corps to all other ground forces, navy and the Allies. New, modern, improved efficient signal communication equipment. A soldier displays two old type fuses and their counterparts.
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.
Crash of Hindenburg Zeppelin (airship) at Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst in New Jersey, United States. Hindenburg Zeppelin (airship) in flight to New Jersey. Hindenburg come in for landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Crew makes preparation for landing on the ground. Landing lines are dropped form the Hindenburg. Hindenburg Zeppelin bursts into flames and falls to earth. Large smoke rises. Firefighters battle the flames. Remains of worlds largest airship. Ruins of Hindenburg after flames have been extinguished. Wreckage of engines of the large Zeppelin. Nose of the Zeppelin.
Fort Hancock in New Jersey, United States. Military Police checking at the entrance of Fort Hancock.
Vehicles enter after the checking. U.S. soldiers march through the entrance. A sign: 'Fort Hancock'.