The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during World War 2 leads to destruction of U.S. Navy warships. A dock area. Destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) partially submerged in floating drydock with USS Pennsylvania BB-38 in the background. The camera travels around the wreck of Shaw in the drydock. Men at work in the dock area. Various debris in water. A close up view of Shaw's damaged bridge area. Smoke comes out of a ship's stack.
Opening scene shows the White House in Washington, DC. Scene shifts to President Roosevelt seated, ready to address the Nation by radio. View of the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. FDR with his entire family posing, in front of the family home "Springwood" at Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt, when Governor of New York, seen in a sail boat, in 1929. FDR in his car at his Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia. He is speaking with a man associated with the Institute, who then greets several polio victims in wheel chairs there. Crowds celebrating Roosevelt's election, in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, in 1932. Roosevelt, at the Democratic Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel on November 8, 1932. He is standing, supported by his son James, as he remarks: "It looks my friends like a real landslide this time." Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol. FDR taking the oath of office on March 4, 1933. A man looking at stock market ticker tape. A group of people raising a National Recovery Administration member flag. Glimpse of "Springwood" and then view of President Roosevelt sitting next to his mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. Next, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sit in the garden, their grandchildren, Anna Eleanor Dall ("Sistie") and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie") come past riding horses, with granddaughter Sara, behind them on a pony. FDR pets the pony and talks with Sara. FDR being nominated for a second term as President, in the 1936 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Roosevelt, riding in an inaugural motorcade as he begins an unprecedented 4th term as President in 1941. Glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in an open car. West point cadets marching in the inaugural parade. Military trucks towing artillery pieces in the parade. President Roosevelt speaking at the dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association at the Willard hotel in Washington, DC, March 15, 1941. He extols the virtues of Winston Churchill and the British people. And he promises that America will supply them with the war materiel they need (This is known as the Lend Lease Speech.)
A 1943 film about the December 7, 1941 Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii during World War II. Film blends dramatized scenes with actual historic footage from the event. Formations of Japanese bombers approach Pearl Harbor. USS Arizona (BB-39) bombed. U.S. personnel aboard USS Arizona as the ship is bombed. Smoke billows up from the explosion. U.S. sailors aboard USS Oklahoma (BB-37). USS Oklahoma and USS California (BB-44) are bombed by Japanese aircraft. U.S. troops fire machine guns at Japanese aircraft. USS Cassin (DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), and USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) bombed in the dry dock of Pearl Harbor. Ships in flames. USS Oglala CM-4 sinks after being attacked. Air raid alarms sound in Honolulu. Japanese people in Honolulu as the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor continues. A Japanese man being interviewed after air raid says he cannot think that Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor.
A film on contributions of Negro soldiers in various wars. Negro workers at an oil field with oil derricks talk to each other. Depiction of negroes serving in the Spanish-American War and advancing towards a battlefield. A negro man speaks about his experience of the war. Scenes of excavation and construction of the Panama Canal. Huge earth moving equipment at work and a man triggers an explosive detonation during the dig. A U.S. Navy ship underway in the newly completed Panama Canal. World War I scene of a U.S. Army unit including negro soldiers marching through a town in France, in formation, with a military band leading the march. Negro soldiers of the 813th Pioneer Regiment near Marseilles France work to build a railroad. Also scenes with soldiers from the 332nd Labor Battalion, and the 808th Pioneer Regiment clearing an area near Verdun. Negro soldiers of the 8th Illinois infantry (later the 370th infantry) running with the rifles as they mobilize for battle in France. Negro soldiers of 371st Regiment and 372nd regiment crossing battlefield during World War I. Members of the 369th regiment in battle. Railroad guns and heavy artillery firing during World War I. American soldiers leaping from a trench and running across no mans land during battle. Negro soldiers of the 369th infantry receiving awards, medals, and citations at an awards ceremony in France during World War 1. Henry Johnson and other negro soldiers marching in New York City victory parade soon after the armistice ending World War I. Graves of soldiers at Arlington Cemetery as seen from a moving vehicle. Images of grave markers for several negro soldiers and officers. Two negro soldiers approaching the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Close-up view of the memorial and plaque on the memorial. Several other memorials in the U.S. showing negro soldiers. View of a facsimile of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division (colored) memorial in France, near the towns of Ardeuil and Séchault. Dramatized depiction of the memorial being destroyed by the invading German Army on June 15, 1941. A clergy man addresses Negro soldiers and the WACs seated in a church.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.
Athletes take part in various track and field events at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A hurdle race takes place in the background while an athlete pole vaults. Athletes running in a 400 meters event. Close up of athlete Grover Klemmer after he breaks 400 meter world record. 1941.