Cooperation between New Zealand and the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during World War II. A tractor on a farm in New Zealand. A tractor plows the field. The Pukekohe Golf Club, near Wellington, converted from golf to farm to grow crops for the war effort. New Zealand farmers works in the field. Farmers load a truck with sacks of potatoes. Close up view of potatoes on a sorting belt and farmers sort potatoes and bag them. Women workers sort cabbage and package the cabbage for shipment. Men and women farmers picking fruits and vegetables in farm fields. A factory shows apples being moved on a belt driven machine, and peeled and cored by a machine, cut into very small pieces and dehydrated in order to conserve shipping space. Canning operations are shown as the dehydrated fruits and vegetables are packed in moisture proof tins in packing houses. Meat and vegetable are mixed in proportions to prepare Quartermaster combat rations. Combat ration cans being filled and sealed at a factory plant. A machine re-generating chocolate bars from old chocolate by melting them down and reprocessing them. Soldiers unloading cartoons from the truck. Rations from New Zealand are loading on to ships by cranes with nets at large shipyards, with ships bound for the Solomon Islands. A dairy warehouse of the New Zealand Co-op Dairy Company (later Tatua) is seen at an airport near Auckland (Possibly Tatuanui or Pauanui). Milk is loaded into a specifically converted B-24 aircraft at the airport. Soldiers loading the aircraft with milk containers. The B-24 aircraft takes off. The aircraft arrives at the Tontouta Air Base in New Caledonia. A nurse serves milk to a wounded soldier patient in a hospital. Sign over the patient's bed says "Pappy Shooter, 27th Division; Saipan; Oahu, Hawaii". The patient drinks milk. Bread being made in Quartermaster bakery. A group of Army bakers working together to form loaves of bread dough on a large work surface. Workers making bread. A worker opens an oven revealing many loaves of baked bread. Ice slabs being formed at an ice plant, and soldiers picking up ice blocks for use in preserving meats and other foods, and in making ice cream. A soldier making ice cream using an ice cream churn in the field. View of a larger Quartermaster ice cream plant that was setup at a large base.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit the Ruakari and Aranui caves in New Zealand. The couple enters the cave and moves down a staircase. Limestone formations such as stalactites are seen hanging from the roof of the cave.
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.
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
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).
Major catastophe events of the year 1952. Views of destruction on the ground in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after American Airlines flight 6780, a Convair 240, crashed into a house at Williamson and South Streets on January 22, 1952. Burned wreckage and devastation seen at the crash site in Elizabeth following the crash and subsequent explosions damaging or destroying multipole houses in the 600 block of Williamson Street. In the first few seconds of the clip, the Battin High School for Girls is seen in the background. The school was adjacent to the crash but not hit. Narrator also describes the crash of an Army transport plane in California which killed 86 soldiers, but no images of that crash are shown. Next scenes shift to England, on September 6, 1952, as a de Havilland DH.110 jet aircraft, piloted by John Derry, explodes in midair after achieving Mach 1 and then beginning a left bank and climb at 450 knots during the 1952 Farnborough Airshow. Spectators at the British air show are seen on the ground in the area below the explosion and where debris rained down on the crowd causing deaths and injuries. Engines from the blown-up DH.110 plane (prototype, ID WG236) are seen hurtling through the sky toward Observation Hill immediately after the mid-air explosion. Scenes show crowd working to tend to the wounded and shocked families and children crying.