Huge crowd attends baseball game between visiting American players and Japanese team in Tokyo, 1931. Lou Gehrig, Al Simmons and Lefty Grove mentioned by announcer but not seen. American representatives walk out to pitcher's mound to greet pitcher. Shots of Babe Ruth hitting. Shots of Japanese player rounding third, sliding safely into home. Film suddenly morphs into anti-Japanese propaganda circa 1941-1942; shows Japanese newspaper publisher murdered. Scenes of sumo wresting and judo seen and compared to alleged acts of Japanese diplomatic and military treachery. Shots of fishermen, tourists, barbers and others said to be spies and soldiers for Tokyo. Closeup of a Japanese man gardening. Japanese men on small fishing boats, raising boat sails, and pulling in heavy loads of tuna fish in nets. Japanese tourists supposedly aking photographs of American ships in Hawaii. Female Japanese barbers giving haircuts. Japanese military officials in Japan organizing papers, films, and incoming information. Japanese industrialist figure emerging from car. Exterior views of Japanese factories in Osaka, textile mill operations in Tokyo, chemical plant operations in Nagoya, steel mills, and a large newly completed ship being launched in Nagasaki. Overhead view of steel mill operations. View of a slum town area in Japan and simple living arrangements of Japanese citizens. Japanese laborers at work in small home factories for textiles, pottery, and other goods, said to be in "semi-slavery." Workers include men, women, and child labor. Shows production of goods said to be produced in other countries that are pirated, mislabeled by Japan, and dumped abroad to undercut competitors. Products shown include factories and production lines for spark plugs, scotch whiskey, matches, silk, cotton, bottled beer, toothbrushes, hair brushes, hair combs, and American flags. Shipping dock areas in Japan showing large ships at docks, cranes in use, and importing of oil, rubber, scrap iron, tin for war materiel.
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.
An orientation film titled ' Westward is Bataan' about Japanese capture of the Philippines and the Americans surrender during World War II. Scenes of destruction from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, United States on December 7, 1941. U.S. ships being strafed and explosions occur. Excerpts from Japanese newsreel showing surrender of U.S. forces at Corregidor. United States soldiers in Corregidor, Philippines. U.S. Army General Jonathan Wainwright meets Japanese officers to surrender during the Battle of Corregidor. Japanese soldiers near Heam Battery on May 6, 1942. Japanese soldiers remove the American flag from a pole to raise the Japanese flag after the surrender. People celebrate Japanese victory in Tokyo, Japan. In Manila people gather along the streets as they wave the Japanese flags to welcome Japanese General Masaharu Homma. General Homma enters a building. Japanese soldiers parade as they carry the remains of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Corregidor. The boxes carrying the remains of the dead Japanese soldiers being handed over to Japanese women at a ceremony.
A film dramatizes the relay of intelligence to Japan from Honolulu, Hawaii prior to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Japanese spy activities in Honolulu shows a Japanese man sending information to Japan by short wave radio signals. A Japanese fisherman relays information. Shows how information is relayed by sending a diplomatic pouch to Tokyo, Japan from the Japanese consul in Honolulu. An American citizen talks about Japan sending Japanese priests to the U.S. Japanese people listen to Japanese radio broadcast in a house. Two men, one enacts as Uncle Sam and other one as an American citizen. They talk to each other about Japanese people. Landscape of Hawaii showing Diamond Head.
Officials from Inner Mongolia visit Tokyo, Japan during World War II. Prince Teh and Foreign Minister Ch'u Min-i of Inner Mongolia arrives by train in Tokyo and are greeted by Japanese officers. The Prince and the Foreign Minister walk through a crowd at the station. An official speaks before microphone.
Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.