United States President Franklin Roosevelt in Staunton , Virginia. He speaks at the dedication of Woodrow Wilson's birth place as National shrine. People stand on steps of a building and in a garden. A huge crowd seated as President Franklin Roosevelt addresses the crowd. He states that United States is ready to fight for its democracy again. Officers seated in the background.
View of the sunken Battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) and the damaged USS Tennessee (BB-43) on Battleship row, Pearl Harbor, several days after the December 7, 1941 attack. A small dory heads toward them. Change of scene shows the USS California (BB-44) listing to port, with tugboat at starboard. She displays the Navy ensign and her deck is filled with sailors and other workers. View from boat (unseen) circling the sunken USS West Virginia. A destroyed OS2U Kingfisher Floatplane near the stern. The ship sunk, but level in the water. A sunken ship being refloated
Scenes filmed from attacking Japanese aircraft during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. View from Japanese aircraft strafing and bombing U.S. aircraft and hangars on the ground at Ford Island. Japanese Nakajima B5N (Kate) tail number 229, seen flying past the camera plane. Smoke rising from the ground below. White plumes erupt from torpedoes striking U.S. ships on opposite side of Ford Island. Japanese-captioned still photographs: Of heavy black smoke rising from bombed fuel tanks; Of a torpedo hitting the USS West Virginia; of other ships on battleship row, including the USS Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Maryland, and California.
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during World War II. The bow of USS Argonne. A row of battleships underway including USS Maryland, capsized USS Oklahoma, USS Tennessee, USS West Virginia. Burning USS Arizona, USS Vestal and USS Nevada. Smoke rises in the foreground. An attacking Japanese aircraft in flight and flak in the sky. USS Neosho starts to back clear of her moorings at the end of a row of battleships. USS Helena and USS Oglala being pulled clear of cruisers side. A Japanese airplane under anti aircraft fire. Battleship USS Nevada tries to reach open sea. The ship is heavily bombed forward. Her guns are firing back at her Japanese attackers. USS Oglala (CM-4) sinks in the foreground.
A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt receiving an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Washington College, located in Chestertown Maryland. View of campus of Washington College, President at stage, dons a cap and gown to receive the degree, a huge gathering at the college. Hiram Staunton Brown, Chairman of the Washington College Board, and Washigton College President Gilbert W. Mead also seen with President Franklin Roosevelt.