Japanese forces entering Thailand, December,1941, in World War 2. Views of trucks filled with Japanese troops making their way through the countryside and into the capital, Bangkok. Japanese flags are visible many places. Japanese troops take up positions throughout the city. A Japanese soldier distributes leaflets to a crowd of local people. Among landmarks seen in the capital, Bangkok, are the Democracy monument and the American Consulate. (Note: Thailand declared war on the United States,January 25, 1942. After brief incarceration, the U.S.Ambassador, Willys R. Peck, left Thailand on June 29, 1942.)
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.
After successfully mediating an armistice between French forces in Indochina and Thailand, during World War II, Japan facilitates the signing of a Peace Treaty between Vichy France and Thailand. Cars carrying diplomats enter gates of the Japanese prime minister's official residence. Views of the Treaty being signed in the Great Hall. Japanese, Thai, and French officials are seen at a conference table, signing the Peace Treaty documents, on May 9 1941. Japanese Foreign Minister Yousuke Matsuoka delivers a congratulatory address following the signing of the Treaty. Officials have drinks. A Vichy French official speaks. Thai official speaks before microphone.
A parade in Bangkok, Thailand. The troops march in uniform. Army trucks tow artillery. Thai troops aboard tanks and armored personnel carriers. The nation hails the recent conclusion of hostilities with French Indo-China by staging a parade.
A film titled 'Under Heaven all is one Family' illustrates the importance of the Burma Road during World War II. A globe spins. Animated map of China depicts the distance of Singapore from the U.S. and highlights Rangoon. The map further highlights Burma, China, Indo-China and Thailand. The Burma Road is presented as a vital link between Lashio, Burma, and Kunming, China during World War II.
Nazi crimes against the nations of the world during World War II. View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Yugoslavia which was signed on 1st June, 1939. The treaty breached on 6th April 1941, Germany launched a massive attack on Yugoslavia. German troops attack and advance. A map shows that most of the Europe was in the hands of Germany by 1941. View of September 27, 1940 signing ceremonies in Berlin of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Hitler and axis leaders shake hands and pose at pact signing table. Joachim von Ribbentrop signing the Axis Pact. Scene of German tank treads close-up rolling over battlefield and wider view of German armor and troops in June 1941 invading Russia, in violation of their non-agression pact. Nazi forces enter Russian territory. Wehrmacht forces setup and fire artillery at Russia. German rocket launchers fire rockets at Russian targets. Ground and aerial views of formations of German Luftwaffe aircraft on bombing runs. Between August-September 1941, Luftwaffe conducts blitzkrieg raids (blitz) on Great Britain. View of British landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral dome and Tower Bridge. Aerial views as Luftwaffe fighter aircraft roll and dive toward targets. British spotlights and search lights on the ground sweeping and catching German aircraft in their light beams. British anti aircraft batteries open fire on German planes over England. Alternating views of German plane point of view bombing England with bright flashes of light and explosions on the ground, and British anti-aircraft fire filling the air. Ground views in England of buildings on fire from blitz bombing, and fire fighters moving to deploy fire hoses and extinguish fires. Flaming buildings collapse from bombs and fire. Whole blocks of buildings on fire. Scene change to December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. U.S. Navy ships bombed and on fire in Pearl Harbor.