This film is a scattering montage of World War 2 scenes from 1939 through 1945. Part of an agreement between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia is shown in English. It is dated June 1, 1939 and ostensibly signed by Adolf Hitler. Next, German Ju 87, Stuka dive bombers are shown peeling off from formation, on April 6, 1941, to attack Yugoslavia. Bombs bursting on the ground. Closeup of a Stuka airplane in a dive, making its characteristic whine, and dropping bombs. Bombs exploding just outside some concrete walls. German infantry running along railroad tracks and entering backyard of house in a village. German soldiers observing from overlooking hill; climbing over rubble; and marching along a road toward a village. Animated map showing German invasion areas early in World War II, extending through most of Europe and into Norway, by 1941. Animated map shows further invasions into France, Belgium, low countries, the Balkans, and Eastern front towards the Soviet Union. Map highlights Tokyo, Rome, and Berlin. Delegations walking in hall of building in Berlin, to sign Tripartite pact, on September 27, 1940. The group is led by by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian Foreign Minister, and Mussolini's son-in-law); Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's Foreign Minister and Japan’s Ambassador Saburō Kurusu. The diplomats are seen, next, standing near a table as Adolf Hitler enters rendering Nazi salute. He shakes hands with Count Ciano and Ambassador Kurusu. Hitler is seated to watch the proceedings. Von Ribbontrop is seen signing for Germany. Next scenes show German armored units heading East in Operation Barbarossa (June of 1941). A sign identifies the town of Eydtkau (Eydtkuhnen) on the German-Lithuanian border. German armor and artillery moving eastward. German troops destroying international crossing barriers. German troops firing siege guns. Montage with glimpses of German battle scenes showing tanks, guns, rockets in action with attendant explosions, fires, and destruction. Formations of German warplanes in flight, including Junkers Ju-52s that carry troops, including paratroops. View from above of Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England (which miraculously survived the Blitz). The Tower Bridge in London, seen through a haze. German Junkers 87 Stuka dive bombers peeling off from formation to attack. British anti-aircraft searchlights shining beams skyward. Diving bombers illuminated by the lights. Anti-aircraft guns firing. Nighttime scenes showing gunfire flashes, explosions, tracer bullets and fires in London. British fire brigades fighting fires in London buildings as some collapse from the German bombing during the so-called "Blitz." Scene shifts to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, as a Japanese bomb explodes on a U.S. Navy warship. The USS Arizona billowing smoke and listing as it succumbs to Japanese bombing. Another view of the Arizona sinking. Smoke rising from Battleship Row, at Pearl Harbor. Glimpse of postwar Nuremberg trial.
Radio facilities and broadcasts in Japan before World War 2. Japanese radio facilities in Tokyo. Broadcasting to South America. Radio towers and radio facilities in Tokyo, Japan. Building of Radio Broadcast Center. Flag of Japan on the building. Interior of the building. A Japanese conductor walks to podium and prepares to conduct orchestra. Musical instruments or in-studio orchestra play. Animated map of Latin America and South America. Sign on the animated map. Animated map describes radio broadcast in South America. Animated map of Japan shows Tokyo.
Japan soon before World War II. Views of bridge over river and birds fly near the Toyko Imperial Palace. Japanese crowd in streets and residential area. Many views of modern buildings for government, offices, businesses, and residential areas of Tokyo. Embassy buildings of foreign governments. Point of view street views of busy Tokyo streets as seen from a moving vehicle or streetcar (beneath streetcar or trolley wires). Night views of lighted neon signs in busy Tokyo urban center.
Prison at Nuremberg, where Nazi prisoners are held during Nuremberg trials in 1946. Cell of Nazi Admiral Doenitz is seen, with his name over the prison cell door. Nazi Admirals, Karl Doenitz and Erich Raeder, during the war. Views of war crimes at sea, with burning ships in flames at night. American soldier looks into prison cell of Joachim von Ribbentrop. Von Ribbentrop boarding an airplane, during the war. A German American Bund rally in the United States at Madison Square Garden in 1939, with Patriotic image of George Washington and massed American flags. Americans giving Nazi salute as Fritz Kuhn speaks. Fight or scuffle on the stage of the meeting. American military guard places food into cell of Nazi Julius Streicher. View of Julius Streicher giving a speech. Street scenes of Jewish shops being vandalized and boycotted in Germany. Boycott of Jewish-owned stores in Germany including posters and paint labeling Jewish businesses, and a poster that says, "Die juden sind unser unglück" (which means "The Jews are our misfortune"). Emaciated and thin liberated Concentration camp inmates being deloused. American soldier looks into prison cell of Hermann Goering. View of Goering in civilian clothes, sitting with companions, before the war. The Graf Zeppelin airship in flight over New York City. Officer on board Zeppelin shown plotting a course from the bridge. Shadow of the zeppelin air ship cast over an ocean liner at sea. Prison guard opens a door and goes in. Prisoners file out of the building, ostensibly to face firing squad. Airplane landing at Japanese airfield and scenes of miliary staff and military gathering of Imperial Japanese forces in Tokyo Japan during World War 2. Japanese General staff in a meeting. A Japanese military leader during a surrender meeting in World War II.
A quick glance at Japan. Animated map shows Tokyo. Views of Tokyo harbor, steamer and a ship at harbor. Freight is loaded on cargo ship, ships and steamers at sea. Animated map shows Yokohama. Mount Fujiyama and its water front. A man rows a boat.
A quick glance at Japan pre-war. Elegant salons and a sidewalk cafe: People seated in cafe have coffee. A railway station: people at railroad train station waiting for trains and leaving in trains. Clock shows time. Train passes by. At Tokyo International Airport: airline passengers board a plane on tarmac. Plane takes off. Mountains shown incluing Mount Fuji.