Allied campaigns against Japan during World War II. Animated map depicts battles for various islands in the Pacific like Guadalcanal, Palau, Mariana Islands. A map of the Philippines. United States troops invade the Philippines. Naval guns fire at a shore and flak bursts are seen. Dramatic shot of a Japanese Zero aircraft approaching U.S. Navy ships that are firing guns. The Japanese aircraft is hit at close range to the ship, a wing ruptures, it is consumed in fire and crashes with explosion in the sea beside the ship. Many landing craft with U.S. Army forces landing at beach on Leyte. Soldiers land and advance inland. United States Army General Douglas MacArthur and President Sergio Osmena of the Philippines wade ashore. Native women and children on the island are assisted by U.S. forces and provided with food and protection. Following are meetings of wartime Allied leaders, shown briefly in the ending of the film:
TC: 01: 39, Prime Minister Winston Churchill meeting President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the battleship, USS Augusta, at Newfoundland, during the Atlantic Conference, 1941. Roosevelt stands at the railing, assisted by his son, Army Captain Elliot Roosevelt. TC: 01:41. Roosevelt and Churchill meeting with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, at the Cairo conference, in 1943. TC: 01:44. Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill pose outside the Livadia Palace during the Yalta conference, 1945. Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov, American Ambassador Harriman, British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, and Churchill's daughter, Sarah, in uniform, are among those standing behind the seated Big Three. TC: 01:46, Delegates from 51 Nations gathered for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly,in Westminster Central Hall,London, England, in 1946.
About events leading up to the independence of the Philippines. A map of the Philippines. Damaged buildings and debris in a city as men work to reconstruct buildings after World War II. Men milling about on a beach. Women grind grain. A painting of Admiral George Dewey of the U.S. Past events show Filipino General Emilio Aguinaldo talking to officials. American troops march. Decorated floats at a parade to mark the establishment of the commonwealth. Filipino President Manuel L. Quezon during a session of the legislature. He reviews a parade.
U.S. Army Major Achille C. Tisdell testifies before a military tribunal in Manila, Philippines during the trail of Japanese Army General Masaharu Homma for World War II crimes. Major Tisdell takes an oath on the 16th day of the Homma trial. He says that he was aide-de-camp to Major General E.P. King, Commanding General of the American forces in Luzon in April, 1942. Major Tisdell recalls that Japanese forces had pushed back the American forces in Bataan to a point that it was difficult for the Americans to reorganize. He also talks about the lack of ration for the American forces. Major Tisdell says that U.S. reserves were released for the forces. He says that on 9th April, 1942 General King was unable to make contact with Japanese commander and Colonel Edward C. Williams volunteered to make contact with the Japanese.
A film about events leading up to the independence of the Philippines and the life of people there after. Traffic on streets of a city in the Philippines. Huts in a village. Men work in a paddy field. A landowner with his family. Farmers plow a field with the aid of a cattle drawn plow. Cane sugar loaded on a railroad car being transported. Filipinos work on cane in a field. Natives work in an abaca field to obtain Manila hemp. Abaca being processed to obtain hemp. A rope being made out of the hemp in a factory. The rope being rolled out of the factory. Ores of chromite and gold being transported in containers. Workers at a gold mine. People at Manila Stock Exchange. Exports being loaded onto merchant ships at a port.
A film about events leading up to the independence of the Philippines. A boat underway off the coast of the Philippines. A diver puts on a mask aboard the boat. The diver being lowered into the water to search for Filipino currency. The diver underwater. A heap of recovered currency.
A documentary depicts combat activities of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division during World War II. The Battle of Leyte in 1944. The troops in landing craft underway in the Philippines Sea. A close up of the U.S. troops on the landing craft. The U.S. ships underway and set on fire by the Japanese. A Japanese aircraft in flight. The troops get off from the landing craft on a shore. A tank being unloaded from the craft. The troops in prone position at the shore. An injured U.S. soldier. The troops in a jungle and a U.S. Sherman tank moves at the field. They advance in a jungle. Two troops carry supplies. The soldiers fire rifles, bazooka and rifle grenade. The dead Japanese troops. The soldiers on tanks enter Talcoban City in Philippines. The civilians greet the soldiers. Two soldiers and a civilian smoke.