The film 'Sea power in the Pacific' showing Japanese dominance in China and at start of World War 2. Then it chronicles U.S. efforts to build Navy and fight back on sea and in the air. Opening scene shows Japanese Mitsubishi G3M (Type 96) bombers high overhead, and then closeup in formation. View from bomber of bomb bays open with bombs falling and view from ground of explosions and destruction. Overlay on film says: "China---1931." (This is not correct. The G3M bomber was not yet in service.) This film depicts Japanese attacks during second Sino-Japanese War, commencing 1937, Chinese civilians running to escape Jap;anese bombing of Singapore. Buildings destroyed and on fire. Next, Japanese troops, carrying the Rising Sun flag, are seen establishing a beachhead in an Amphibious assault. More scenes of Japanese infantry advancing through Singapore, ad it is being destroyed and burned. Soldiers charging along an alleyway, with pagoda in background. Next, Japanese soldiers are seen attacking Nanking, and committing atrocities during the so-called "Rape of Nanking," in December, 1937. Chinese civilians being summarily shot and dumped into a large open grave. Two Chinese prisoners with hands bound, being executed by rifle fire. Jubilant Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Map shows areas of China occupied during second Sino-Japanese war and the East Indies to the South. View of oil tanks; an open pit tin mine; a native cutting rubber tree bark to collect latex. Flags on map show regions of English, French, and Dutch colonial interest. It also shows Islands to the East, fortified by the Japanese. Cartoon shows Japanese soldier opposed by and American sailor (representing U.S. Sea Power). Next, famous images of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, are shown, including the USS Arizona burning and sinking. Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and the Philippines Islands, are highlighted on a map and Japanese control of the Pacific is illustrated. Japanese soldiers are seen displaying a captured American flag. U.S. Lieutenant General Jonathan M. Wainwright is seen surrendering the garrison at Corregidor, on May 6, 1942. View of Japanese General Masahara Homma discussing surrender terms with Wainright. Map shows interlocking web of Japanese fortified bases in Pacific and need for seapower to oppose it. View of American shipyard with hundreds of workers, employed to build ships for the war effort, in World War 2. Views welding, metal fabrication, and other shipbuilding activity. A new ship going down the ways and a woman christening a new ship with splash from bottle of champagne. A new "Liberty Ship," the Richard Bassett, going down the ways at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Closeup view as the stern of another ship enters the water upon launching. View of it from a distance. Shipyard workers knock supports from under what may be a landing craft, as it is launched. Japanese warships underway in the Pacific and firing their naval guns. Explosions on a shoreline from naval bombardment. Japanese infantry wading ashore during an amphibious assault. Map shows where Japanese forces attempt an amphibious assault on Southern New Guinea, thwarted by the U.S. Navy in the battle of the Coral Sea of May, 1942. In June, 1942, a Japanese attempt against Midway Island, was again checked by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Midway. View of USS Wasp (CV-7) carrier deck filled with airplanes, including Grumman F4F Wildcats. A Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber being cleared for takeoff from the Wasp. Gun camera film showing Japanese airplanes being shot down by pursuing U.S. aircraft.
Film 'Wonders of the World' shows natives rowing boats in Singapore. Number of boats docked at harbor. Bus, cars and bicycles on street. Traffic police man gives hand signals. Worker cuts tree bark for rubber which is collected in a small container.
Health section of the League of Nations. Singapore bureau, doctor gets report regarding contagious diseases. This information is passed to other countries and ships at sea. Meeting regarding nutrition. Boy carried up steps on stretcher. Shot of a hospital ward. Laboratory. Montage very brief of Rio and China.
Japanese troops advance in Singapore during Battle of Singapore of World War II. Animated map shows Singapore strong points. Japanese troops cross Johore Strait and wade ashore on Singapore beach. Camouflaged artillery fires and infantry move up as Japanese planes bomb Singapore. Explosions occur and smoke rises on ground. Japanese infantry make final assault on Singapore. British prisoners are taken.
Japanese troops surrender to British forces in Singapore. A view of the England naval base in Singapore. The Japanese troops at the base. A view of the city. The British troops disembark a ship. The troops with guns on their shoulders walk on the port. The people of Singapore greet them. Civilians greet British troops on trucks. Singapore prisoners cheer. A prisoner smokes. The Singapore prisoners at the Japanese prison camp. Several views of the prisoners showing Japanese torture. British General Lord Louis Mountbatten arrives for a meeting. Japanese delegation lead by General Seishiro Itagaki enters a hall for the meeting. The Japanese delegates and British officials in a hall for the meeting. Mountbatten looks into the surrender document. Itakaki signs the surrender document. People seated during the meeting. The British troops stand in formation in the background. The British flag is raised.
Fall of Singapore in World War II. View from military vehicle as Japanese troops enter Singapore. The Supreme Court Building. Surrendering defenders walking in opposite direction from entering Japanese. The statue of Sir Stamford Raffles in front of the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall. View of the Clock Tower atop the Victoria Theater. The Cathay building, Singapore's tallest, with Japanese flag flying atop, . Japanese troops celebrating their victory. Brief overview of Singapore and bay.