Animated map shows Guadalcanal, where Japanese were building up a base to interdict Allied supply routes to Australia, in World War 2. U.S. marines in full battle gear board a troop transport ship. Convoy of transport ships headed to Guadalcanal. A Benham class destroyer bombarding the island from close range. On 8 August, 1942, the day after the amphibious assault on Guadalcanal, U.S. marines of the 3rd Defense Battalion, are seen descending rope net from the Transport ship USS Zeilin (AP-9, later designated APA-3) to enter landing craft headed ashore to reinforce marines fighting Japanese defenders on Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, in the Solomon Islands. U.S. ship firing its guns. U.S. marines wading ashore, relatively unapposed at Guadalcanal, on 7 August, 1942. U.S. Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber taking off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Two officers with large binoculars are seen aboard a Japanese warship flying her Naval ensign. A Japanese Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber (Kate) taking off from carrier. A formation of Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) or Ki-44 Shōki (Tojo) aircraft in flight. Closeup of two overhead in silhouette. Glimpse of U.S. carrier (USS Wasp?) taking evasive action. Sky filled with puffs of black Flak at low altitude and contrails from dogfights at high altitude. Closeup of a Japanese Mitsubishi B5M Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber (Mabel) with others in formation in background. Bombs falling. View from carrier island of sailors running across deck of U.S. Carrier with smoke rising at site of bomb strike. Smoke obscuring the deck and beginning to clear. View from different U.S. carrier deck, past parked aircraft, to a camouflaged U.S. destroyer approaching astern. Carrier deck with Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers parked at its end, and black flak clouds overhead. Several night naval gun battle scenes followed by view of burning Japanese ship. Closeup of the wreck of the Japanese transport ship, Kinugawa Maru and views of other Japanese ships burning. U.S. army troops are seen marching along the sides of a road as they arrive in December, 1942, to relieve the marines on Guadalcanal. View of the embarkation operation on the shore as marines prepare to depart. Marines getting aboard Higgins boats (landing craft) for transport out to their transport ship, the USS Neville (AP-16, later redesignated APA-9).
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands on 26th of October, 1942 during World War II. U.S. aircraft take off from U.S. Navy USS Hornet (CV-8) carrier at dawn. Members of crew on U.S. carrier look through binoculars. Japanese bombers formation overhead. Gun crews of USS Hornet (CV-8) attack the Japanese aircraft. Japanese aircraft in flames crash. Flak bursts in sky. USS Hornet gets torpedoed and bombed heavily. USS Hornet burns. The crew abandons the USS Hornet. Members of the crew board rescue boats. USS Hornet being sunk by torpedo attacks at night. Wounded men transferred to other U.S. ships and taken ashore. New ships being launched from shipyards in United States.
Allied campaign against Quadalcanal and Solomon Islands during World War II. Captured Japanese Labor Battalion prisoners (called Termites by the Marines) and some Imperial Marines march and are lined up. Japanese prisoners seated behind a barbed wire fence. A Japanese soldier being given first aid. treatment by an American medic. Dead Japanese soldiers from a Regiment commanded by Colonel Kiyonao Ichiki, are seen on the beach at, 'Alligator Creek.' (They fell during a nighttime attack against entrenched U.S. Marines, on 21 August 1942. The ICHIKI Regiment lost 777 killed during their attack. Only six members of the regiment escaped.) Corporal Barney Ross (former U.S. boxing champion) receives a Japanese flag as a souvenir. U.S. Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz decorates Marine Colonel 'Red' Mike Edson, Commander of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and U.S. Marine pilots: Major Smith, Captain Carl and Major Gaylor during the ceremonies. Brief glimpse of Marine Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift with Admiral Nimitz
United States Coast Guard operations in World War 2. Underwater views of ship's anchors being weighed, Convoy of U.S. ships in Pacific Theater, in July, 1942. The Attack Transport, USS Hunter Liggett underway, with crews doing amphibious training. Members of the 1st Marine Division aboard USS Hunter Liggett with Coast Guardsmen. Officers confer aboard vessel. Marines read books on ship. August 7, 1942, U.S. Marines begin amphibious assault against Japanese on Guadalcanal. Naval guns bombard Guadalcanal Island. Marines descend from the USS Hunter Liggett, on nets and enter LCVPs (Higgins boats) operated by Coast Guardsmen, to assault the island. Marines hit the beach from the boats. Marines firing small howitzers and advancing on the island. November 7, 1942, convoy of eight hundred ships en route to North Africa. Warships bombard the shore. An officer observes through binoculars. British and American troops descend on nets into LCVPs from Attack transports: USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13);USS Leonard Wood (APA-12); and USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). Troops hit the beaches of North Africa, under fire.
Japanese No. 3 Special Landing Party of 500 Imperial Marines are seen landing and proceeding inland on Kiska, Aleutian Islands. They carry the rising sun flag. They are seen searching two captured Americans from the U.S. Naval Weather Detachment. The rising sun flag is seen in right foreground. The Japanese troops continue walking across the island. Buildings of the weather detachment seen in background.The Japanese troops assemble in formations near the weather detachment buildings as their commander addresses them. A Japanese Type 97, 4EFB (Mavis) flying boat seen taxiing into the bay and being tended by Small boats. (Reportedly, the Tail code "O" identifies the seaplane's unit as Taiwan-based Toko-tai, also active in Solomon islands.)
A naval battle rages off the Solomon Islands during World War II. The Japanese fleet underway in the Pacific Ocean. A U.S. warship fires at Japanese ships. Animated map shows the main objective of the Japanese that is to capture Guadalcanal. A U.S. bomber lands and taxis. A signal officer gives a signal. A pilot in a cockpit. U.S. Navy Admiral Chester William Nimitz seated in a chair discusses the strategy of attack with an officer. U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William Halsey, Jr. looks at a map aboard a U.S. warship. U.S. ships underway in the Pacific Ocean. Animated map shows the positions of ships underway in different directions. A U.S. ship underway. Troops on its deck. U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur gets off a car in New Guinea. U.S. infantry troops in trucks and jeeps advance along a dirt road. Troops in a jeep wearing gas masks. Troops seated in a truck hold guns. U.S. soldiers stand around an aircraft. A U.S. bomber aircraft in flight. The bomber aircraft taxis and takes off. The troops get off from the aircraft. Infantry men advance through a jungle. Men lay logs to make a bridge. A convoy moves over a bridge carrying supplies. Soldiers load shells in an artillery and fire. The troops advance through a jungle. They fire artillery. Smoke rises due to the firing. Artillery pounds Japanese positions. The infantry advances across jungle swamps.