1st Tank Battalion of the United States Marine Corps at Tulagi Island in Solomon Islands during World War II. Marines load supplies onto the ship with the help of cranes. Small boat approaches dockyard. Landing ships laying off shore. Landing craft loaded with supplies departs from dockyard. Another ship approaches the dockyard.
Film begins as a Yard Oiler (YO-12) pulls up alongside the Gunston Hall (LSD-5). Next the LCT-925 (one of the three aboard the Gunston Hall) exits the well dock, filled with supplies. Next, men are seen attaching a fuel transfer line from the YO-12 to the Gunston Hall's fuel port.
Scene shifts completely to U.S. Marines of 1st Tank Battalion, receiving supplies aboard the transport ship,USS DuPage (APA-41), by means of net slings, from one of her Higgins boats (LCVP), alongside. Marines open the nets and remove the contents. Views of loaded slings being raised from another boat and being opened on deck of the transport ship. Silhouette of freighter offloading supplies, to be ferried to the DuPage, is viewed from a a boat moving towards her. A Higgins boat is beside the freighter. Camera pans up to show Panamanian flag on freighter's top mast. A large bundle of boxes being lowered from the freighter to sailors in Higgins boat beside, that has PA 41 stenciled on its bow.
U.S. Marines in Tulagi, Solomon Islands during World War 2. Two U.S. small craft in water as seen from Hill 281 on Tulagi, where a U.S. Marine looks through binoculars set up on tripod. A Marine transmits message by semaphore. Marines manning an antiaircraft gun.
Map shows Solomon Islands in South Pacific. Truk and Australia are highlighted. Tulagi and Guadalcanal are shown. American Naval task force, including Attack Transports and warships seen underway in stormy Pacific waters. Sailors loading heavy naval guns aboard a U.S. warship. Ship's guns firing. Smoke rising from explosions on island. shows smoke rising. USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) is seen at time 1:34, firing its main battery. Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft flying low overhead. U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal. Marines wading ashore. American Douglas SBD lands at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. B-17s on Henderson Field, including B-17E Serial number 41-9145 of the 26th Bombardment Squadron.Long column of U.S. marines snakes across edge of airfield headed towards interior of Guadalcanal. Scene shifts to jungle interior, where they march two abreast over captured terrain. A building in the background. Marines firing a 105mm Howitzers. A B-25 bomber taking off. B-26 bombers in flight. Closeup of B-26 flying over water. View from cockpit of U.S. aircraft strafing Japanese held island, striking targets at shoreline and aircraft and supplies on a Japanese airfield. Japanese marines taken prisoner on Guadalcanal. They stand in formation and are also seen sitting in confined areas.US marines patrolling shore where numerous Japanese soldiers have fallen.
Animated map shows Guadalcanal, where Japanese were building up a base to interdict Allied supply routes to Australia, in World War 2. U.S. marines in full battle gear board a troop transport ship. Convoy of transport ships headed to Guadalcanal. A Benham class destroyer bombarding the island from close range. On 8 August, 1942, the day after the amphibious assault on Guadalcanal, U.S. marines of the 3rd Defense Battalion, are seen descending rope net from the Transport ship USS Zeilin (AP-9, later designated APA-3) to enter landing craft headed ashore to reinforce marines fighting Japanese defenders on Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, in the Solomon Islands. U.S. ship firing its guns. U.S. marines wading ashore, relatively unapposed at Guadalcanal, on 7 August, 1942. U.S. Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber taking off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Two officers with large binoculars are seen aboard a Japanese warship flying her Naval ensign. A Japanese Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber (Kate) taking off from carrier. A formation of Japanese Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) or Ki-44 Shōki (Tojo) aircraft in flight. Closeup of two overhead in silhouette. Glimpse of U.S. carrier (USS Wasp?) taking evasive action. Sky filled with puffs of black Flak at low altitude and contrails from dogfights at high altitude. Closeup of a Japanese Mitsubishi B5M Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber (Mabel) with others in formation in background. Bombs falling. View from carrier island of sailors running across deck of U.S. Carrier with smoke rising at site of bomb strike. Smoke obscuring the deck and beginning to clear. View from different U.S. carrier deck, past parked aircraft, to a camouflaged U.S. destroyer approaching astern. Carrier deck with Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers parked at its end, and black flak clouds overhead. Several night naval gun battle scenes followed by view of burning Japanese ship. Closeup of the wreck of the Japanese transport ship, Kinugawa Maru and views of other Japanese ships burning. U.S. army troops are seen marching along the sides of a road as they arrive in December, 1942, to relieve the marines on Guadalcanal. View of the embarkation operation on the shore as marines prepare to depart. Marines getting aboard Higgins boats (landing craft) for transport out to their transport ship, the USS Neville (AP-16, later redesignated APA-9).
U.S. Marines in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands during World War II. Harbor of Tulagi. A U.S. Marine with large binoculars at lookout station. A SM (signalman) sends semaphore atop lookout station. A long barreled antiaircraft gun. The Marine raises a small antiaircraft gun. Large ranger finder on top of a mountain. Marines come down a road, and palm trees in the background. The Marines pass over a small bridge. The Marines in a beach area. Two APAs (Attack Transport) at anchor in the background. Landing crafts coming in for landing.