Iceland becomes a republic during World War II. Tents set up for citizens of Iceland outside the city of Reykjavik. Citizens gather for the ceremony marking the proclamation of Iceland as a republic. President Sveinn Bjornsson and the Bishop of Iceland as the new republic is formed. American commander on Iceland General William Key watches the ceremonies.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is seen on the balcony of the Alþingi (Parliament House) in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 17, 1941, when he visited during voyage home from the Atlantic Conference in Newfoundland, in World War 2. To his left are Icelandic Prime Minister Hermann Jonasson and Regent Sveinn Björnsson. Churchill appears to make brief remarks to a group of civilian Icelanders assembled in the plaza below. The crowd is passive. Some take photographs. (Iceland is under British occupation at this time.)
1000th birthday of the Arctic Domain in Reykjavik, Iceland. The King of Denmark, Christian and Crown Prince of Sweden, Gustaf Adolf attend an opening of the Parliament. King Christian arrives at the ceremony with his female companion. Dignitaries pose for a group photograph. People in medieval dresses sit for the ceremony.
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler's companion Eva Braun's family on holiday in Iceland. They visit an active geothermal region where steam issues from beneath a rock. They gather with a large number of spectators to witness a geyser eruption. Some of the spectators scatter to avoid getting wet. The geyser rises to a considerable height and then gradually abates. Other scenes are in the Capital City Reykjavik. A woman in traditional dress walks along the street. A sign reads: "Vorugeymsla" (Warehouses, in Icelandic).
U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation in Washington DC. The seal of the President of the United States. President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation after his meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. He talks about the Arms Reduction Policy and ballistic missile elimination. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev also discussed the SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative). They agreed on eliminating the ballistic missiles to 50 percent in five years. They also had talks on how to maintain peace between both the countries.
Several American school children, including one in a Boy Scouts of America uniform, recite the pledge of allegiance during World War 2. Scene broadens to encompass a school yard filled with elementary school students reciting the pledge in front of an American flag flying high on a pole. As scene fades images appear of battleships firing guns; an F4F airplane taking off from an aircraft carrier; landing craft approaching a beach; American soldiers fighting with small arms and a flame thrower, in jungles of New Guinea; a U.S. gun crew firing heavy artillery; and a U.S. P-38 aircraft on a rainy runway, spraying water as it takes off, in the Aleutian Islands. U.S. troops firing automatic weapons on a Pacific Island. A B-17 pilot wearing an oxygen mask in his cockpit, flying in a formation creating contrails at high altitude over Germany. Waist gunner firing at an attacking German fighter plane that explodes in air. U.S. troops in jeeps moving over jungle road. U.S. ski troops on snow in Iceland heading downhill toward their tents in the snow. American troops during amphibious landing in the Philippines. U.S. troops aboard army halftracks on desert in Iran. American paratroopers dropping from C-47 aircraft over France. U.S. soldiers marching through two large gates with cadre of Chinese soldiers in China. American troops fighting in Italy and firing a 155mm howitzer. U.S. infantry following a sherman tank over a war-torn landscape with shells bursting nearby. Crowded street scenes of Manhattan, New York, and Chicago, Illinois. Army tanks being manufactured in a Detroit war plant. A Los Angeles shipyard filled with workers at shift change. Closeups of individual American soldiers in combat helmets. U.S. troops descending rope nets from transport ships to board landing craft, and approaching the beaches of Normandy, France, under fire, on D-day, June 6, 1944. Views of the Statue of Liberty, including closeups.