Soviet Foreign Minister V.M.Molotov secretly visits Washington DC, during World War II (May/June 1942) A four engine Soviet TB-7 (a.k.a Petlyakov Pe-8) bomber with the crew standing beneath its wing. U.S. Army General George C. Marshall, U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, Soviet Ambassador Maksim M. Litvinov, and Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov stand near the door of the airplane. A Soviet officer talks. Soviet crew members climb into the airplane. Molotov bids goodbye to General Marshall and the others. Molotov then boards the airplane. The Soviet bomber taxis out, for the return journey to the USSR (which will proceed via Gander ,Newfoundland).
United States Navy Atlantic convoy activities during World War 2. A sailor aboard USS New York (BB-34) waves an orange caution flag at a Navy OS2U Kingfisher float plane waiting to be hoisted aboard the ship. The pilot receives a green flag signal and hoisting operations begin. After being hoisted aboard and secured, the pilot steps from the aircraft and disconnects the hoist sling. Sailors wash down the deck of the ship.
View from a U.S. ship in an Atlantic convoy during World War 2. A large transport ship in camouflage is seen to port, astern. Weather is warm and sunny. Sailors aboard the ship as they work with tools. A sailor splices a line. One paints painstakingly. Sailors wash and clean parts in a bucket of solvent. A Brooklyn-class light cruiser, in camouflage, is seen on port side. Two aircraft fly overhead. The sea is calm. Complete change of scene to harbor at U.S. Naval Station, Argentia, Newfoundland. A Destroyer passes the USS New York (BB-34) anchored in the harbor. Crewmen on deck in warm clothing. Snow-covered hills in background. Naval Ensign displayed on stern flag mast. Anchor chain of the ship laid out on deck. A plane flies overhead.
Gun crew,on the USS New York (BB-34),wearing steel helmets, check out her 3-inch antiaircraft gun on the stern deck, as she departs from U.S. Argentia Naval station, Newfoundland, during World War 2. Sailors are dressed in winter clothing. Snow-covered hills in background. As they are underway, a large transport ship is seen astern. Scene shifts to warmer, sunny weather at sea. Sailors play a game with quoits on the deck of the USS New York. Others relax in a warm sunny spot. Sailors stand on the deck. An island visible nearby. Sailors download a bomb from a Vought OS2U Kingfisher aircraft aboard the battleship New York. International maritime flags displayed near the bridge.
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
Canadian and Newfoundland dignitaries in a meeting regarding confederation of Newfoundland with Canada. Former Prime Minister Mackenzie King is seen. Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent signs the confederation agreement document and gives a brief speech supporting the new relationship. Seated at the head of the Newfoundland delegation is Sir Albert Walsh, later named Lieutenant Governor. Other delegation members include Crosbie, Gruchy, Bradley, Smallwood, Winter. Sound of applause by the audience.