Invasion of Okinawa, Japan during World War II. Conferences at Guam come to an end. Officers walk. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander in Chief, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz sends an armada of 1400 vessels to Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands. Fleet underway to Okinawa. Troops of the U.S. 10th Army division play cards, play music and dance on the deck to entertain themselves. Officer distributes money to the soldiers aboard the ship. Troops stand with money. Guns of the fleet fire at land. Rockets being fired at shore. Landing crafts reach the shore. Troops walk on the shore in Okinawa. Japanese dugouts and pillboxes being destroyed with grenades. Soldiers talk and share food with civilians at the island.
A film titled ' Invasion of Okinawa' shows Admiral Chester William Nimitz after his declaration to attack Okinawa in Japan. United states 10th Army launches an invasion on Kerama island in Ryukyu,Japan. Admiral Nimitz,General Buckner and Admiral Richmond Turner direct the operations. American soldiers take over the island after heavy bombardment. They invade Okinawa and land on the island behind naval bombardment.
The Japanese surrender in the South East Asia during World War II. Airplanes in formation flight. Two Japanese Mitsubishi G4M-1 'Betty' twin-engine bombers painted white with green crosses on their wings, fuselage and tail land at Ie Shima Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa carrying Japanese delegates. The planes land at Nichols Field at 1813 hours. The planes are dubbed 'Bataan number 1' and 'Bataan number 2.' Lt. Gen. Torasirou Kawabe, the vice chief of the Japanese Army's General Staff and his surrender party disembark from the airplanes. Members of the surrender party include: Rear Admiral Ichiro Yokoyama Representative, Imperial Japanese Navy Staff., Colonel Yashima Terai General Staff, Colonel Orato Yamoto General Staff, Mr. Morio Yakawa Secretary, Japanese foreign office. Kawabe leads the surrender party. Army C-54 transport airplanes parked. Japanese surrender delegates board the airplanes which take off for Manila, Philippine Islands. In Manila, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur speaks to his troops from a balcony at the war damaged Manila City Hall on 20 August. He notes that he is hopeful that they will all be able to return home soon.
Natives working at various jobs in Okinawa, Pacific Theater. A Japanese cemetery. Grave marker in the cemetery. Sign in the cemetery reads 'Camp Goza cemetery'. Men tend graves. A sign reads 'Island Command Cemetery, Okinawa'. Jeeps on road in background. A girl walks with a baby. A sign reads 'Camp Goza Military Government'. A village in Okinawa. A horse drawn cart going down road. Native men climb from back of a truck. Workers shovel potatoes from back of a truck onto a ramp. A mule drawn cart on a muddy road.
The U.S. troops at the Shuri Line in Ryukyu Islands during the Battle of Okinawa, World War II. Vehicles move across the muddy area. Bulldozer pulls trucks through washed out culvert. Shacks in the area.
United States 7th Infantry Division soldiers advance on Okinawa Island. Artillery shells explode on hillside. White smoke arises from exploding shells.