The Chinese mobilize for defense in Shanhaikwan, China. Chinese troops ride mules. Mountains in the background. The soldiers get off the mules. Chinese officers discuss a map. The soldiers dig a trench. They take positions in the trench and fire guns. A soldier fires artillery. Explosions occur and smoke rises.
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.
A rail track among mountains. People and train move over tracks. Chinese troops march on road. Tourists on the Great Wall of China. Troops drill with their swords. Chinese soldiers on road.
The Republic of China hosts a National athletics meet in Nanking, China. Chinese flag hoisted at the games. Men participate in various ancient games at the meet, like archery. Men kick a small shuttlecock with their feet without letting it fall on the ground. Grandstands are filled with men, women and children.
President Franklin D Roosevelt in the United States. A calendar shows the date 5th March 1933. Roosevelt leaves in a car after attending church service in Washington DC, United States on 5th March 1933. On March 9th 1933 Senate passes a bill proposed by Roosevelt to address bank crisis. The House also passes the President's proposed bill Franklin Roosevelt in his first fireside chats broadcast on 12th March 1933 talks about the bank crisis. He asks people to have confidence in the government. He ensures that banks will provide sufficient currency to meet the situation.
A rough map of Asia is shown.Inner Mongolian horsemen are seen silhouetted against the sky on a hill top where several tents are pitched. They appear to be gathering for a meeting of sorts. Closeups of the horsemen gathered and listening to one speaking to them. Snow-covered mountains are in the far distant background. Various views of the horsemen moving about in groups. An old Chinese man smokes a long pipe. The national flag of the Republic of China flies in front of a building. View of entrance to the French Concession in Shanghai, where several French uniformed police hold the French tricolor flag and others monitor persons coming and going. A group of Chinese soldiers remove items from their clothing as they prepare to enter the area. A group of French firemen is seen and then a number of Chinese civilians, some carrying belongings, and some with children, are seen evacuating an area, under supervision of Chinese men wearing armbands. Scene shifts to view from starboard bow of a large vessel at sea. The ocean is quite rough and waves break with foam. View from the deck, upward shows various lines and rigging of the ship. More views show it to be a battleship. Formations of Japanese warships on maneuvers, firing their heavy guns. Formation of U.S. Dreadnought era battleships firing their 12-inch guns in double turrets. View from bridge of one, with forward double guns visible below, while she is underway in heavy seas. Naval guns on a battleship, being maneuvered into position for firing. Smaller Japanese gunboats being led in formation by a 3-stacker Isokaze-class destroyer. The Japanese battleships Nagato and her sister ship Mutsu, both displaying curved funnels. Other Japanese warships, including Kamikaze-class destroyers, the aircraft carrier Ryūjō, and a Kongō-class battleship.