The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
Use and manufacture of artillery during World War II. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler giving Nazi salute and German troops marching. A newspaper headline reads 'Poland Invaded'. Japanese zero aircraft in flight and bomb strikes on U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor. Scenes from water of the devastation in Pearl Harbor after attack by Japanese aircraft on U.S. Navy ships. A flight of U.S. Navy Douglas TBD torpedo bombers dropping torpedoes. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk signing declaration of war, in 1941. U.S. war production workers manufacturing tanks, guns, ammunition, artillery, shells, and jeeps in arms and munitions factories. War materiel including Army jeeps and tanks loaded with soldiers on parade. U.S. troops firing artillery in North Africa. U.S. forces advancing through wet jungles in the Pacific Theater of World War 2.
Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War 2. The Battle of the Mediterranean at Malta: Smoke from burning buildings. Explosion due to bombardment. British soldiers look through binoculars, confirm target, take aim and fire antiaircraft guns at Nazi planes in flight. Nazi aircraft drop bombs. Japan: Japanese Emperor Hirohito reviews Japanese troops. Japanese troops, tanks, artillery and cavalry parade. Japanese bombers strike Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. Civilians run for cover. Burning U.S. warships. Debris removed from the Harbor. U.S. troops mobilize for the War. Australia: U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur arrives to take command of the Pacific Theater. New Guinea: The jungle campaign. U.S. troops advance over rough terrain. Natives run for cover as huts burn down. Australian and U.S. soldiers in combat. Smoke due to fire on a hill. Soldiers help wounded comrades through the New Guinea mud. Natives carry war equipment.
Historic scenes of early aircraft carrier development. Biplanes taking off and landing on the USS langley (CV-1). The launching of the USS Lexington (CV-2). View on flight deck of the Lexington. The carrier underway. Antiaircraft guns on the ship. View, from a ship, of the USS Lexington and a battleship in the distance. Closeup of the USS Langley (CV-1). Crew boarding the USS Hornet prior to her commissioning just before World War 2. View from Hornet's forward elevator as it rises from hangar deck up to flight deck. Entire ship's company, officers, sailors, and marine detachment, on deck in dress uniforms on flight deck during Hornet's commissioning ceremony in October, 1941. Sailors on shore wave as the USS Hornet leaves the harbor. Brief view of American carriers Lexington, Ranger, Yorktown, and Enterprise in line ahead in 1940, followed by view of Lexington.
American soldiers and new recruits at a camp in the U.S. and on a battlefield in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Soldiers in training run obstacle course. Soldiers in their uniforms march through the camp area. Tents in the background. Newly recruited U.S Army soldiers learn to fire weapons on firing range. Tanks during training maneuvers. U.S. soldiers training with wooden replica machine guns and using empty Adelphi beer cans as substitute artillery ammunition for training purposes. Teams of soldiers compete in moving a giant ball. They compete in blindfolded boxing on their knees. Lacking adequate war materiel for training, they make do by pretending trucks are tanks, using wooden guns, and throwing flour sacks instead of grenades. Scenes of the Pearl Harbor raid by Japan in 1941. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress for a declaration of war.
Opening scene shows Emperor Hirohito of Japan dressed in military uniform, astride a white horse, riding along a path, followed by military officers. (Narrator cites Japanese declaration of war against the U.S. and Britain on December 7, 1941.) Japanese soldiers in two groups engage in local war games against each other. Animated map shows Japan and the expansion of her influence and military presence throughout the Pacific. Aerial view through scattered clouds, of Japanese fleet of warships. Aerial view of American warplanes in formation through scattered clouds. Closeup from cockpit of a U.S. A-20 Havoc aircraft, showing its left engine and prop and a second A-20 flying to its left in close formation. Swerving wake of a Japanese warship engaged in evasive maneuvers on surface of the sea, below. Several scenes of U.S. aircraft strafing Japanese warships. Aerial view from a U.S. B-25, flying above Japanese ships, of another B-25, with its bomb bay doors open as it launches a torpedo. Japanese ship is struck, explodes, and sinks stern first. Glimpse of more Japanese ships in a convoy.