Opening scene shows a book entitled:"The Tanaka Memorial, Japan's dream of world empire." Next, a hsnd checks off "Conquest of Manchuria" as Phase 1 of the plan being completed. Next is Phase II, the conquest of China. Animated map shows Japanese warships bombarding the city of Shanghai in 1932. Scenes of Japanese naval guns firing. A shell striking at the waterfront. Japanese Naval officer observing with binoculars from deck of ship close to the city. Shells or aerial bombs exploding and smoke rising in the city itself. Residents of the city running in panic seeking shelter from the bombardment. Japanese Type 13-1 carrier-borne attack biplane aircraft (B1M1) from the aircraft carriers Kaga and Hosho are seen in flight overhead. Bombs exploding in the heart of Shanghai. Local people jamming a bridge with vehicles and rickshaws evacuating the city. More views of Naval guns firing and bombers overhead. A large building in flames. People fleeing near the port. Two Japanese Navy Type 90 Carrier-based biwing aircraft (Nakajima A2N) maneuver above fleeing Chinese who look up at them. Next bomb explosions fill the screen. More naval guns firing and explosions on street in which victims lie where they fell. A Chinese woman mourning in the midst of rubble. Bombs falling and explosions. A sign reading "Shanghai South." Two Mitsubishi B2M aircraft fly overhead. Scenes of dead and wounded Chinese victims, including and children. Japanese aircraft flying low over burning buildings, with smoke rising above its flight altitude. Japanese marines charge a Shanghai beach in an amphibious assault and enter the city.Several hit the ground in a defensive posture. Gunfire directed at a building window. Combat along the waterfront. Republic of China flag flying from a large building. Japanese forces firing at that building with field artillery.Truckloads of Japanese marines deploying in the city. A marine searching a Chinese man. Animated map shows Japanese shifting their offensive to the North in 1933 and annexing the province of Jehol as part of manchuria. Japanese cavalry advancing along a road. Closeup of the Chinese national flag fluttering. Generalissimo Chiang Ki-Shek leading a contingent of Chinese military and officials. A large group of Chinese men volunteering to join in defense. Chinese soldiers marching en masse along the Chinese Wall.
After brief opening scenes of U.S. ships bombed in Pearl Harbor in 1931, the clip recounts Japanese invasion of China following the September 1931 Mukden Incident, and diplomatic League of Nations efforts in 1932 to diffuse the situation. Japanese troops invade Manchuria and China. Japanese troops march with rifles in hands. Board at League of Nations entrance reads 'Societe De Nations'. Guards in uniform stand in front of a gate. Members attend the League of Nations meeting. Japanese delegates leave after resigning. Japanese air raid in China. Japanese troops invade Shanghai. Fleet of Japanese aircraft in flight. They bomb over Chinese targets. Chinese troops moving in mass on the Great Wall of China.
Bombing in Shanghai. Chinese civilians rush on streets of the Bund during time of attacks by Japanese aircraft. A streetcar goes by and pedestrians quickly cross streets. Japanese swift aircraft drops bombs on North Station and destroys ancient native Chapei section of Shanghai, China. Views of wrecked city, dead bodies on road. Civilians leaving in carts and trucks. Cops on roads. Bagpipes announce arrival of Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiments. United States Marines land to patrol American Concession and guard the lives of nationals in Shanghai.
Sign over American Embassy in China. Colonel William Mayer, former military attache in that embassy relates events precipitating Second Sino-Japanese war. Scenes of the Marco Polo bridge near Peking, on night of July 7, 1937, as Japanese artillery bombards the area. Animated map shows movement of Japanese forces out of Manchuria to occupy Peiping and Tientsin. Victorious Japanese troops stand atop a building, raising their flags and shouting cries of victory. Japanese army officers sit around a table smiling and contended and others walk in a group. Chinese artillery crews are seen retaliating as they fire field pieces at Japanese positions in Shanghai. Shells explode in background, and Chinese infantry advance through damaged buildings and rubble. Animated map shows Shanghai and other cities, and film transitions to view of the bustling city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River. In the seaport, large ocean liners and freighters, as well as tug boats and Junks, are seen. What looks like a Japanese Tachikawa Ki.54 Type 1 transport plane takes off over a Chinese pagoda. Double-decker buses travel through the streets. Rickshaws are also seen. Map outlines the foreign residential areas of the French Concession and the International Settlement. American, British and Japanese flags are shown in the International Settlement. Detachments of troops from Japan, Britain, France, and United States Marines are seen. A U.S. Marine is posted as a sentry at the Shanghai Power Company. Coolies carry heavy bucket on a long pole. British, French and Japanese troops also performed sentry duties. Japanese troops and armored cars are seen. A scuffle breaks out in August, 1937, and Japanese soldiers start moving in trucks, take up firing positions, and begin firing guns from their armored cars. Map shows Chinese counterattack pushing the Japanese contingent toward the Khangpoo River. Next it shows Japanese warships and reinforcements in the Yangtze River and their advance toward Woosung and Shanghai. Views of Japanese warships bombarding the shore and large explosions from their striking shells. Beachhead is shown South of Shanghai, where two divisions of Japanese infantry are seen arriving in landing craft. They advance across the fields toward Shanghai. Map shows Chinese withdrawals to West and South, toward Nanking and Hangchow. Chinese medics along with infantry march in retreat. Japanese pilots are seen being briefed. Next, Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are seen in flight, and bombardiers and other crew in them. Bombs falling on the city. Civilians running for cover as bombs explode. Aichi D3A1 aircraft dropping bombs. The Shanghai waterfront being bombed and civilians running.
The Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. A vessel in the Huangpu River. A sail boat and junks on the water. Several buildings in view on the shore. Several sail boats in the river. A paddle wheel steam boat on the water. Boats anchored to the shore. Views of the Shanghai Bund along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Several vessels in the river. The Camelback Truss Waibaidu Bridge (world's first all steel bridge) also known as the Garden Bridge, spanning Suzhou Creek at the Huangpu River. Several buildings at the Shanghai Bund in view including the Headquarters of the Shanghai Branch of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as the HSBC Building or the Municipal Government Building) at number 12, The Bund, and the Customs House at number 13, The Bund, and the China Bank of Communications Building at number 14, The Bund. Also the China Merchant Bank Building and the North China Daily News Building (now the AIA building). Other Bund buildings also seen.
View of Nanking road commercial district, in Shanghai, China. Smoke billows from Treasury building on fire, in the distance. Camera moves to the scene of fire, where firemen raise mobile ladders against the building, and carry hoses up to fight the fire at higher levels. Scene shifts to distant view with smoke engulfing the area. Local people, who gather to watch the firefighters, are controlled by policemen. View of fireman climbing from a hook and ladder truck, carrying hose upward. More views of crowd and policemen. A fireman reaching an open porch area of the building, carrying hose. He is followed by another fireman. View of hose connected to hydrant, leaking somewhat at the connection. Two firemen on ground directing a strong stream of water from their hose. Smoke pouring from the burning building, and drifting across the street.