U.S. infantry battles Japanese forces on Noemfoor island in Indonesia during World War II. U.S. infantry lands on narrow coral reefs. The infantry advances inland under fire. A Japanese air base comes under American possession. Reinforcements and supplies arrive by air. Paratroopers and parachute supplies are landed by U.S. Army Air Force transport aircraft.
The promise of independence for Indonesia is broadcast throughout the city of Jakarta, following a ceremony at Istana Gambir, or the Gambir Palace (later renamed the Merdeka Palace). Exterior of Gambir Palace in Jakarta Indonesia. Indonesian leader Sukarno, head of the Japanese-created Poesat Tenaga Rakjat (POETERA - Concentration of People's Power) emerges from a car, climbs steps, and enters the Gambir Palace. He stands together with other Indonesian officials. Imperial Japanese Army Lt-General Kumakichi Harada addresses the gathering and delivers news of Japanese Prime Minister Koiso's September 7, 1944 promise of future independence for Indonesia (the so-called Koiso Declaration). Large Japanese flag seen on the wall behind speakers. Sukarno approaches General Harada , bows and then speaks into a microphone. Scenes of jubilation in the streets of Jakarta as citizens hear the news that Japan has promised future independence for Indonesia (date undeclared). A man standing atop a truck announces the news over a megaphone. People stand near the truck, listen and cheer. A caravan of loaded trucks rolls slowly through a Jakarta neigborhood spreading the news about the promised independence. Citizens cheer and smile. People standing at a railway station and at stopped trains hear the news and cheer. Citizens including men, women, and many children wave to the passing caravan. Sign on side of truck includes words "Bangsa Indonesia diperkenankan merdeka" meaning "Indonesia allowed Independence". Clip is from a Japanese newsreel during World War 2, with Japanese narration.
Allied troops invade Hollandia, Indonesia during World War II. United States ships underway in the Pacific Ocean on April 22, 1944 to attack Japanese positions in Hollandia. The ships underway as United States Army General Douglas MacArthur looks at the convoy from United States cruiser Nashville. Radars on alert in case of enemy attack. A United States destroyer transfers mail aboard Nashville. Troops being briefed aboard a ship. Naval guns fire at the coast during night and flaks burst. American carrier planes bombard Japanese position on the island. Allied ships underway as planes fly overhead. Troops in landing crafts as they head for the beach. Allied troops disembark from the crafts and advance inland. Trucks, tanks and troops unload from landing crafts. Allied soldiers walk through mud as they advance. General MacArthur gets off Nashville and inspect an airfield under construction on the island.
U.S. Army Air Force 8th Fighter Group on Morotai Island, Indonesia during World War II. A sign on a tree outside an S-1 building reads '8th Fighter Group Headquarters'. Tall palm trees in the background. The headquarters set in a grove of palm tress across the water. A jeep plows through mud. Tents in the camp area. A man walks across a road. An enlisted man tacks bulletins on a board. Clothes on a string. A medical tent. A man enters the tent. A sign on the tent reads 'Medic'.
U.S. Army Air Force 8th Fighter Group on Morotai Island, Indonesia during World War II. An enlisted man clicks a photograph of four enlisted men at a camp area. A road in the camp area and a trailer stationary on the road. An ocean in the background. A grove of palm trees across the camp area. Tents in between the palm trees. Officers come out and walk on a rocky path.
U.S. Army Air Force 8th Fighter Group, 36th Fighter Squadron on Morotai Island in Indonesia during World War II. A damaged gasoline trailer at a camp area. A bomb hole at the side the trailer. An ocean in the background. A United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator comes in for landing. A jeep and a truck drive past over a rough road. Enlisted men take bath. A sign on a tree reads '36th Fighter Squadron'. The camp area under the trees. Men unload gas drums from a truck. A dispensary tent. A medic bandages the wrist of an enlisted man. A Red Cross sign and 'Dispensary, 36th Ftr Sq.' written on the tent. Operations and Intelligence building. A man enters the building. Another man at work in the building. A foxhole in the tent area. The helmets of the enlisted men on the top of the foxhole. The men put on the helmets.