Japanese officials meeting in strategy session. Japanese infantry on mission to cut Chinese supply lines during 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Black smoke rises as they move along a river bank. Chinese prisoner-workers are forced to rebuild railroads destroyed by the Chinese people during their great Westward trek. Japanese soldier closely guards workers. A Japanese army armored train underway on the rebuilt railroad, as Japanese soldiers cheer. Animated map shows China's supply lines by sea, to Tsingtao, Hangchow, and Amoy, cut off by Japanese naval blockade. Japanese Navy launch with officers and crew moving near commercial ships as they take over Chinese river ports. War materiel and other supplies destined for China, including trucks, sit idle, unable to be transported to their destinations. Large oil tanks and drums of gasoline are shown, as well as gun barrels and a flightline filled with parked Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft. The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Asakaze (DD-3) and another, next to it, in a Chinese river port. A Japanese freighter with anchored weighed, secured by long lines to a wharf. Small boats flying Japanese Naval ensigns are next to it. View of map showing china, Burma, Indo-China, and Chungking, with Japanese blockading fleet stationed in the South China Sea. It traces path of narrow gauge rail line from Indo-china to Kumming,China, where it connected to an overland road to Chungking. Next it traced the old Camel Caravan route, across China, from Russia. Narrator notes these were to small to be useful and too close to Japanese-occupied territory. Next, the map traces a railroad that from the port of Rangoon to Lashio, Burma. It is separated from the road to Chungking, by mountains and gorges. Views of the actual mountainous terrain. Animal pack trains moving through the area. Construction engineers in a large drafting room designing a road to transit the area. View of modern road-building caterpillar tractor equipment of the type needed to accomplish this. View of Chinese laborers using manpower instead. They push large rollers and employ pickaxes and other hand-held tools to carve away and dig road beds. Masses of Chinese laborers at work, carving a road along the edge of a mountain. Two-men teams using manual tampers to pound down the roadbed. Children are employed along with adults. A woman with a baby on her back, pounding large rocks into gravel, surrounded by other children doing the same. View from above of the "Burma Road," the product of their labors, winding its way through the mountains and gorges. Many scenes of trucks moving along portions of the Burma Road. P-40 airplanes flying past white cumulus clouds, overhead. Animated map shows continued expansion of Japanese occupied areas to encompass two thirds of the rail lines in China with goal of controlling the remainder, starting at Chengchow, in Summer, 1938. View of Chengchow region, on banks of the Yellow River. Map illustrates flow pattern of the Yellow River. View from past of the Yellow River's Spring floods toward the Sea, with Chinese people throwing rocks onto dikes that keep the river flowing in a more Northerly direction than its former course. Illustration shows how with Japanese encrouching on Chengchow, the Chinese decided to destroy those dikes and allow the river to flood over its former more Southerly course. Japanese soldiers being inundated by the flooding river. Japanese infantry and tanks regrouping on their occupied side of the new (old) path of the Yellow River. Local Chinese residents of Chengchow, wade with belongings as they leave their flooded homes.
USS Ranger underway in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. A U.S. Navy SH-3D Sea King helicopter in flight off the side of USS Ranger. The helicopter lifts off. A U.S. Navy KA-3B Skywarrior aircraft being launched. A U.S. Navy A-7B Corsair II being launched from the angle deck and becomes airborne. An F-4J Phantom II aircraft taxis on the deck of USS Ranger, turning completely around. The A-7B seen airborne in the background after being launched from the angled deck. U.S. Navy A-6A Intruder aircraft taxiing on the deck. Two A-6As on the angle deck being prepared for a launch. One A-6A is launched. The second A-6A on launch. U.S. Navy C-1A Trader aircraft taxiing slowly on the deck. The F-4J aircraft in flight. The A- 7B in flight with its wheels down.
USS Ranger underway in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy A-7B Corsair II touching down and rolling to stop. A man runs out towards the aircraft. A-7B going over edge of the angle deck. A puff of smoke drifts off over the deck. A parachute is seen opening as the pilot disappears over the ship's side. Several men running over the deck. A U.S. Navy SH-3D Sea King helicopter low over water to pick up the pilot. The destroyer escort moving up, several men in the foreground on the flight deck. The helicopter lifts off with the pilot. The helicopter in flight over water. The destroyer escort in the background. A U.S. Navy A-6A Intruder aircraft on fly by. U.S. Navy RA-5C Vigilante aircraft coming to a stop on the deck after recovery. The aircraft taxi forward. The helicopter lands on the deck with the recovered pilot. The rescued pilot of the A-7B walks over the deck after returning to the ship.
U.S. Navy carrier planes hit oil fields in the China Sea. A storm in the China Sea. U.S. Navy 3rd fleet carriers on a ship. A diagram shows an arrow on the South China Sea. The fleet moves forward towards Japanese bases. U.S. airplanes bomb Japanese targets. Carrier planes return back to the ship. A plane crash lands on the ship. The pilot of ship is hurt and stuck in the cockpit. The crew runs toward the plane and gets him down. A diagram shows an arrow from the South China sea to Indo China, Saigon. A tanker is torpedoed by U.S. planes. Bombing on Saigon. An oil reserve on fire.
Review of conflicts involving U.S. from World War Two to 1970. A U.S. soldier with rifle and binoculars, on guard. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler speaks in Germany to mass audience. German mobilization and blitzkrieg. U.S. troops firing small arms on island in Pacific. U.S. soldiers on half-track firing artillery. Explosive destruction of Nazi swaztika and Eagle symbol on top of building in Zeppelin Field, Nuremberg, Germany. General Douglas MacArthur stands as Japanese General signs surrender documents aboard USS Missouri, ending WWII. Times Square in New York City on VJ Day. American troops firing artillery and small arms in Korea. Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev speaking at the UN. Newpaper headlines about postwar Berlin Crisis. Soviet missiles on display in military parade in Red Square, Moscow. Soviet General Georgy Zhukov and Nikita Khrushchev,at Kremlin, reviewing the parade. Cuban President Fidel Castro giving a speech.A newspaper headline reading: 'Khruschev orders removal of missiles'. Soviet cargo ship with covered missiles on its deck. Red flag with image of Lenin and message: 'Partido Communista Dominicano'. Chinese people marching with massed flags. Mao Tse-Tung,President of China, waving. A U.S. soldier in,South Vietnam,looks through binoculars. and then walks carrying his M-16 rifle. A map of Vietnam.
United States Navy 7th Naval Fleet operations in South China Sea during the Vietnam War. USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) underway in the South China Sea. A United States Navy aircraft F-4B whizzing by over flight deck during catapult from USS Coral Sea. Catapult crew member runs onto flight deck with a shuttle cover. A United States Navy aircraft A-4B Skyhawk on catapult. An officer gives signal in the foreground. Aircraft catted out. Fuel hose unrolled from a reel in catwalk and onto the flight deck. A United States Navy aircraft F-8D Crusader takes a wave off. A United States Navy aircraft A-3B Skyhawk catches a wire and makes an arrested landing. Aircraft rolls to a stop. The wire is released and wings are folded.