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.
Film showing city of Hiroshima, Japan, the day before, and the day after the dropping of the atomic bomb in World War 2. Sequence opens on August 5, 1945, the day before the event. Camera pans over the city. Japanese air raid lookouts are seen on watch for allied bombers. View of actual atomic bomb detonation, over Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945, as seen from aircraft high overhead. Next, the complete destruction of the city is seen from camera at low altitude showing the four and one half square miles of the city flattened and burned. A Japanese hospital still functioning, with red cross flag on it. Hospital workers retrieving victims of the bombing. Ambulatory victims clustered in dooways and halls. Shadow image of a large industrial valve wheel burned onto wall behind it. Similar image of a ladder burned onto a wall. The decorative pattern on a womans dress burned onto skin of her back. Japanese physicians treating victims of thermal and radiation burns. Views of various victims, including some children, and their respective injuries. Scene shifts forward one year, to August 6, 1946. Children are lined up outside a school building, and then seen inside their classroom. disfiguring results of injuries are still evident on the children at their desks. Sequence shifts again, this time to United Nations delegates grappling with the issue of controlling atomic weapons. Closeups of American delegates, including James F. Byrnes (Secretary of State)and James B. Conant, President of Harvard University in the assembly. Closeups of representatives from South Asian nations. Closeup of USSR delegation, headed by Foreign Minister,Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov. Signs identifying delegates from Colombia, Egypt,Iraq, Bolivia, China. Final sequence shows several U.S. atomic scientists in their respective laboratories, including Enrico Fermi and Vannevar Bush. United states representative to the UN, Warren Austin, speaking about the so-called, Baruch Plan, for international control of atomic weapons. (Principal author, Bernard Baruch, is standing behind speaker's left shoulder.) USSR delegation, headed by permanent representative, Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko, who is seen presenting the Soviet plan. View of explosion and mushroom cloud during U.S. Operation Crossroads atomic bomb test in the Pacific.
Setting: North Field, Tinian Island in Mariana Islands, South Pacific, almost a week after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Japan, August 8, 1945, during World War II. Public Relations Officer, Major John F. Moynahan (not seen) is interviewing members of the Crew of the B-29, Enola Gay, from which the bomb was dropped. Here he interviews Captain William Sterling "Deke" Parsons of the U.S. Navy who was weaponeer aboard the Enola Gay, during the mission. and who now serves as Scientific Head of the Atomic Bomb Project in the Pacific Theater. Captain Parsons describes the events of the mission from their early morning departure through the actual bombing. He notes that the actual bombing went smoother than earlier practice missions.
An orientation film about the American campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific during World War II. A U.S. Army intelligence officer reads a document as he studies American strategy to attack Japanese positions on the Admiralty Island in the South West Pacific. An officer at a map of Los Negros. Aerial views of the island. An aircraft lands on sea and soldiers in rubber rafts move towards the island. Soldiers reconnoiter the island. An officer at a map and he makes a phone call to confirm the strategy to be followed for the attack in the South West Pacific. Nearly 800 soldiers of 1st Cavalry Division assemble for the attack. They embark onto Higgins boat at a beach and pull away. The soldiers get aboard a ship at sea. A convoy of U.S. ships underway to invade Los Negros. Officers aboard the ship confer. Naval guns being fired at the coast of Los Negros. Aircraft in flight as they provide an aerial cover. The soldiers get into landing crafts from a ship. The aircraft in flight.
An orientation film about the American campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific during World War II. A map of the South West Pacific area depicts islands of New Britain and New Ireland as the chief objectives of the Americans. By taking over these islands the Japanese would be isolated in the area. But a strong defense zone around these islands proves to be the main deterrent. U.S. officers including U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur discuss the strategy to attack and isolate the Japanese in the South West Pacific region. Animated map of the region depicts American plan to capture the Admiralty Island by attacking the island of Manus and Los Negros to be followed by an attack in Madang in New Guinea. This would result in isolation of New Britain and New Ireland and weaken apanese position in the region.
The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps delivers laundry and myriad other services in the South Pacific during World War 2. Opening scene show a cartoon sign by the 464th Quartermaster Laundry Company featuring Bugs Bunny in a jeep pulling mobile laundry equipment in wagons. Next, U.S. troops are seen in jungles subject to rain and mud of the South Pacific. A soldier crouches in a riverbed and washes his clothes. A mobile laundry installed near a river. Soldiers using washers and dryers in the facility. Views of larger fixed installation Quartermaster laundry, such as in New Caledonia; Fiji; and the New Hebrides. Quartermaster salvage and repair workers operating sewing machines as they repair military clothing. A sign identifies "Island Quartermaster C&E Repair Shops" (Clothing and Equipage Repair Shops). Here workers sort, repair, and remark sizes on salvaged clothing. Two workers sit in a mound of garments that they cut into rags and toss into a heap behind them. Two workers repair broken shoes. Soldiers' feet seen walking through mud. A stack of army shoes needing repair. A team of army workers using modern machines to repair them. View of finished shoes, as good as if repaired in the U.S.A. Sign identifies Orthopedic Department where a man works on specially designed and fitted shoes prescribed for an injured soldier by a medical officer. A nurse and a doctor place the special shoe on a patient. A nurse assists the patient to walk. Typewriters needing repairs line shelves. Technicians are seen at work stations, repairing typewriters. The final sequence begins with a sign reading: "Tent Repair, Drive in here. All tents must be clean, dry, and folded properly." Quartermaster workers raise a tent inside a shelter and then identify and repair a hole in it by applying fabric glue and a patch.