Bomb damage to Kyobashi district in Tokyo, Japan. A streetcar travels down the street as reveals bomb damage from the allied bombing of Tokyo. Shots of a canal that runs through the main district of Tokyo. A boat in the canal passing under a bridge. Damaged buildings.
Shows Japanese crowd along street in Tokyo and demolished department stores and office buildings. Demolished safety deposit vault. Demolished buildings. Demolished Shinbashi theater.13 September 1945.
"Kabuki-Za" Theater (specialized in Japanese traditional kabukis) in Ginza Higashi, Kyobashi-Ward (current Chuo-Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Japanese crowd arrive at "Kabuki-Za" Theater. Japanese women wearing kimono look at wall paintings (kabuki posters). In the backstage, Ichikawa Danjyuro XI (famous kabuki performer,1909-1965) is reading play scripts of today's musical program called "Kagami-zishi" and a female impersonator (Danjyuro XI) is getting ready in front of the mirror. The stage curtain rises. The audience seated. Singers with traditional kabuki band starts playing and singing kabuki music on the stage. Danjyuro XI performs a kabuki dance as a female impersonator . Kabuki perfomers (consist of only males) dressed in costumes perform dance.
Air raids and battle in Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II. A cemetery of United States military soldiers in the Japanese island of Okinawa. Memorial at the tombstone of Ernie Pyle built by the 77th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. General Doolittle, General Arnold and other officers during a discussion standing before planes at the 48th Air Force base. B-29 advances towards Tokyo. Dropping of a number of guided bombs towards their targets. Targets include Japanese airplane factories, shipping industry, military supply chains in the cities of Tokyo, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Okinawa and Yokohama of Japan. Explosion and smoke arises from bombed targets. On 05 August 1945, Enola Gay, a B-29 carries the atomic bomb and flies towards Hiroshima. Atomic explosion seen signifying the one in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, but narrator indicates the image seen is that of the first atomic explosion (the Trinity test) during on July 16, 1945 in New Mexico. Immense cloud of smoke and light. This atomic explosion, the first of two, was pivotal in compelling Japan to surrender unconditionally.
From "The Last Bomb": The defeat of Japan through American airpower in World War 2. A single B-29 from the 39th Bomb Group (stationed at North Field Guam) drops clusters of incendiary and fragmentation bombs over Japan. Bombs away view of large number of bombs falling toward Japan. A formation of B-29s from the 498th Bomb Group, Isley Field, Saipan, in flight during a daytime bombing mission over Japan. Explosions and smoke rise from targets in Japan, including two Japanese aircraft plants and an airdrome as part of U.S. tactical plan 574. Color, low aerial view of massive bomb damage over Tokyo following U.S. air attacks of March 1945. Escorting P-51s from Iwo Jima engage defending Japanese fighter aircraft in dogfights. Later, P-51s conduct strafing attacks against Japanese ground targets, including: lines of communication; railroads; marshaling yards; factories; airfields; ships; and harbors. Color gun camera footage shows these strafing attacks. P-51s returning to land at Iwo Jima and performing celebratory rolls over the field. Crippled B-29s making emergency landings on Iwo Jima. A B-29 from 500th Bomb Group with an engine shutdown. A B-29 from the 29th Bomb Group. Bad weather over runway at Iwo Jima forces a P-51 pilot to bail out over the field. A B-29 from the 6th Bomb Group ditches in water near beach on Iwo Jima. A B-29 crashes and bursts into flames during landing at Iwo Jima (all crew escapes.) Firefighters douse the flames with foam. Formation of B-29s from 39th Bomb Group returning to Guam after bombing mission over Japan. A B-29 crashing on landing and bursting into flames. Sole surviving crew member being carried on stretcher, as firemen and rescue teams work at scene. Formations of B-29s from 498th Bomb Group and 9th Bomb Group, in flight. Good color view from B-29 of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, which brought about the capitulation of Japan and end of World War 2. Large mushroom cloud rising into the air following atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki.
Publication of the Pacific edition of Star and Stripes newspaper in Tokyo, Japan. Traffic on streets in Tokyo. Pedestians on busy city streets of Tokyo with large office buildings and retail in background. View of the plant where publication of the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes newspaper began on 3rd October, 1945. Editorial staff members work in the plant. A man works on a typewriter. An officer checks the newspaper. A navy man pastes picture cuttings from a newspaper on a chart. A man places a paper in a photo offset machine. Printing of newspapers. Men check and stack newspapers. Newspaper bundles are covered with plastic sheets and loaded in a truck. Men load the newspaper bundles in a jet liner aircraft.