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
New Zealand military units in training. Military pilots standing with parachute bags. De Havilland Tiger Moth and Airspeed Oxford aircrafts taking off and in flight over the New Zealand Alps.
The Battle of Monte Cassino. Aerial view of the town and abbey in Italy. During an exercise west of Cassino, near Monte Camino, New Zealand gunners fire British 6 Pounder Antitank gun and a captured German Pak 40 75mm antitank gun, Views of the anti-tank men loading and firing their weapon. Smoke rises due to the firing. As part of the exercise, Infantry of 24th Battalion, 2nd Division,New Zealand Expeditionary Force, advance with fixed bayonets and one fires a machine gun. Group of New Zealand soldiers stand near a jeep and a destroyed U.S. Sherman tank of 756th Tank Battalion, amidst destroyed buildings in the north of Cassino. Several New Zealand soldiers smile for the camera.
Wounded soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War 1 pose dockside before boarding a ship returning to to New Zealand. Soldiers stand beside the ship. They wave. Two New Zealand soldiers wear gas masks and pose. A wounded soldier with a cane stands and shows a German Iron Cross medal he is wearing around his neck (captured from a German soldier).
Operation Deep Freeze of the United States being carried on in Antarctica. A VX-6 parachute rescue team man and a New Zealand climber on the top of an ice shelf near Scott Base as they practice rescue methods. A man with a line wrapped around his body and leg tries to descend backwards on an ice cliff. The man climbs down a rope and moves down the ice cliff. He coils up the rope at the base of the cliff. A VX-6 parachute rescue team man and the New Zealand trainer walk off the mountain. A view of the ice covered mountains near New Zealand's Scott Base. United States Antarctica Research Program participants from Mcmurdo Station, and sleds, ready to leave on a trip with an American flag flying from the snow vehicle. Two sleds tied to the rear of a traveler. The snow traveler pulls two sleds down a ravine. Mount Erebus in the back ground
German blitz air attack damage in Britain during World War II. British anti-aircraft artillery guns firing at German aircraft in flight in southeast England. The British soldiers firing anti aircraft artillery towards the aircraft. Flak bursting in the sky. A German rescue sea plane heading to assist a downed German bomber. A British Hawker Hurricane aircraft is disabled and its pilot ejects with parachute. The Hurricane crashes to the ground. RAF launches depart to rescue the pilot. View of the rescued pilot, from New Zealand, being escorted ashore up a wooden dock, wrapped in a blanket. A bombed house. The destroyed buildings and churches in the area. The rubble of houses. Views of Anderson Shelters and a man emerging from one, his house in front of it partially destroyed. A captured German pilot, rescued at sea, is brought ashore. Elderly British men discussing the damage. A wrecked statue of British scholar John Milton lying on the ground. The destroyed buildings along the sides of the street in Westminster. Business men walking on the street show identification to authorities to gain access to a bombed area. Houses with exterior walls blown off revealing intact bedrooms inside. A policeman or Bobby picks up and examines a piece of shrapnel.