Arrival of European Jews in Shanghai, China. Jewish refugees aboard SS Conte Biancomano at a port in Shanghai.. The refugees are processed by reception officials at a desk on deck, as they disembark. Some appear to travel by smaller boat to another location. The Japanese Cruiser Idzumo is at dock in front of the Japanese Consulate. Scenes of the travelers with their belongings on the Bund. They walk up a steel ramp to the back of an open truck and representatives, of the International Settlement organization,drive them to their next location. They stand in line at a food stand. A group looks at a map, together. Another group learns basic English words of "please" and "thank you." Group at table practices writing. The men and women have fun by going down a slide in what appears to be a school playground.
Film opens showing British Shanghai Light Horse 'A' Company parading along Bubbling Well Road in Shanghai, China, past crowds who have turned out in numbers to cheer for the International battalions of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps (SVC). Visible, in the background, is the clock tower on the clubhouse of the Shanghai Racing Club. View shifts to the reviewing stand, where Mr. Cornell Franklin, Civil Commandant and Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council, stands in front of military officers, Vice-Admiral Sir Percy Noble, Major General Telfer-Smollett, Colonel Price, Colonel Andreini, Lieutenant-Colonel Perretier, and Commander Takeda. Next, a contingent from 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, shouldering rifles with fixed bayonets, execute eyes left as they march past the reviewing stand. A large crowd of spectators watches the parade from a stands set up near the reviewing stand. Next, Armored cars of the SVC Armoured Car Company, drive past in a column. Photographers take pictures. Japanese naval officers are seen in full dress uniforms, watching the parade. Led by a mounted officer, another formation of SVC soldiers march past, shouldering rifles with fixed bayonets.
Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China. School children and a teacher in a classroom. A boy writes on a blackboard. Next, a girl writes on the blackboard. The teacher reads from a book and shows a picture to the students. Small boys and girls in the classroom. A boy writes on the blackboard. Students raise hands. Students in a Physics laboratory. Children in a boys' dormitory. A boy studying at a desk. Other students talk nearby. A signboard reads 'Shanghai American School'. Children enter through the gate of the school.
Series 'Why We Fight' episode "Prelude to War" depicts the battles during World War II. United States soldiers parade on street lead by a band. Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.December 7, 1941. The London Blitz with buildings destroyed and burning. The Eiffel Tower in Paris with Nazi flag flying atop it. German troops marching into Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. Japanese warplanes bombing shanghai, China, in 1937. Chinese residents running for shelter. Glimpse of German "Schwerer Gustav" 80 cmrailway gun firing during German offensive against Soviet Union in 1941. German forces entering Czechoslovakia in 1938. German mounted troops entering France in 1940. Heavy guns firing. German ships en route to Norway 1940. German Ju-52 aircraft flying low over trees. Montage showing rapid succession of war scenes, including heavy guns firing, smoke rising, explosions, an aircraft shot down and crashing straight down, German armor on the move, German Ju-52 aircraft dropping paratroopers into Holland and one flying over Athens, Greece, with Mount Lykabettus in the background. More of the same with Narrator mentioning Belgium, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Russia (where citizens are seen digging anti-tank trenches and fortifications). Cavalry charging across a field. A German tank rolling forward. A German Dornier Do-17 bomber taking off, and bombs falling.
Industries in Shanghai, China. A building with 'Shanghai Power Company' written on it. A U.S. flag flutters atop the building. Smoke comes out of stacks. Power company tugs in the water body in front of the building. Machinery in operation in the company. Coolies fill coal in baskets. The entrance of the company. U.S. Marine sentries at the entrance. The coolies carry coal out through the gate. A sign at the entrance proclaims it to be a restricted area.
University of Shanghai in Shanghai, China. Chinese students in a temporary classroom. They take down notes.