A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
The German Auxiliary Cruiser, Komet (masquerading as Ryoku Maru) seeking Allied shipping targets of opportunity in the Pacific during World War 2. Sailors relax on her deck.Some paint her motor launch. Several sailors in white trousers, dark jackets, and white side caps, hurry into formation where they are inspected by supervisor wearing a checkered necktie. Officers in Khaki look through binoculars as the Komet's Arado 196 float plane lands and taxis in, guided by sailor with signal flags. The pilot is standing up in the cockpit.He reports to the bridge and exchanges salutes with Komet's Captain, Rear Admiral Robert Eyssen. He discusses his flight observations with other officers. Smoke from a steaming ship seen on the horizon. An officer on the deck lights a cigar. Smoke and sound of Komet firing her 15cm deck guns. Silhouette of freighter, MV Australind, very low in the water. Next,life boats row toward Komet carrying 43 survivors who climb aboard. Komet's Arado 196 float plane flies past and the Australind is seen sinking, It is 8/14/1941, off Galapagos Islands. Next, seas are rough. Smoke is seen from Komet's guns firing again, and another ship is stopped in the water.Boarding party from Komet lowers away in motor launch and boards the stopped ship. Sign on her says "No Smoking," in English. Armed Komet sailor guards her seamen. Glimpse of one of Komet's 15cm deck guns. Later, crew of stopped ship resume duties, as Komet pulls away from her. Komet's sailors wave. (Ship is likely American, so not yet active in Allied war effort.) Next, Komet and her supply ship, Kulmerland seen in a Japanese port to replenish and refuel. Her crew are now in proper German Kriegsmarine uniforms, as Japanese Naval officers board for a visit. Admiral Eyssen and his executive officer entertain the Japanese officers. German and Japanese flags fly side-by-side. Admiral Eyssen and his executive officer, with Japanese officers, tour local sites. Two Komet sailors view Mt. Fuji.
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. View from carrier Akagi of two other Japanese aircraft carriers, the Kaga (front), and the Zuikaku (rear) underway in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese naval officers aboard a carrier. Japanese deck crews work on Japanese aircraft aboard a carrier. Japanese pilots assembled on the flight deck to receive final briefings before taking off. Information posted on a large blackboard as pilots are briefed. Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes take off from the aircraft carrier. Planes in flight. View from Japanese airplanes as the attack on Pearl Harbor takes place. Smoke rising from explosions. View from aircraft flying directly overhead as bombs explode on Ford Island airbase.
Japanese bomber aircraft attack Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. Japanese warships and destroyers head for Pearl Harbor. Commanding officers of Japanese fleet look through binoculars. Two Japanese aircraft carriers (Kaga and Zuikaku, as seen from the Agaki) underway in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese pilots being briefed. Aircraft engines warm up on the flight deck of a carrier. Japanese aircraft take off from the flight deck of the carrier. Aerial views of Japanese planes dropping bombs over Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor and other targets on Oahu. View of two Japanese dignitaries leaving the White House, Washington DC, with U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Photographers take pictures of them.
Surrender of Japanese Imperial forces leads to end of World War II. Wake Island on map. Formal Surrender of Japanese garrison on island. Marine officers at Wake Island. Flag raising ceremonies and wreckage of planes on islands. Officers present include USMC General Sanderson, Commander Cross, Commander Masek, Lieutenant Colonel Roberson, and Commander Walter Bayler (who had been the last American to leave Wake Island before its takeover by Japanese forces in December 1941).
Aerial views from airplane flying over an airfield near the ocean in the Philippines, prior to World War 2 in the Pacific. (The airfield is probably Iba Field, on Luzon, which was destroyed by Japanese bombers on Dec. 8, 1941.) Army airplanes are parked on the field. Numerous buildings and facilities are seen. A bivouac area of tents near the water. Scene shifts to Philippine Airlines pilot Paul Irving Gunn and his assistant, aviator Emil Sylvan Scott, standing in the grass, by a Philippine Airlines model 18 Beechcraft. The airplane is bright red with the number 2 painted on its nose and the company logo on its fuselage.