U.S. Navy ships launched in the United States during World War II. Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR (US Navy Reserve), Director of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of a carrier and christens USS Franklin (CV-13) in Newport News, Virginia on 14th October, 1943. A destroyer is launched at the Great Lakes. The destroyer is turned into an upright position. Shipyard workers cheer. A ship is launched sideways.
1930s and 1940 cars and trucks on a crowded road, heading into Dayton, Ohio. Close up view of car wheels turning on roads. Men hitchhiking rides into Dayton. Flood of incoming war workers results in long lines for services. A long queue of people outside of the Virginia Cafeteria. People in line outside a laundromat. Long lines of workers outside a movie theater, beside its marquee. Woman hangs a "no vacancy" sign at an apartment building. War workers crowding into buses to go to or from work at factories. War Manpower Committee (WMC) spokesman help draft plans to solve labor and overcrowding problems in Dayton, Ohio, during World War II. Plant operators support the WMC with pledges not to exceed labor quotas. American women walk house to house to talk to fellow women and inform them about war production jobs that could use their skills. Women look after children in a nursery or preschool so that other women can go to work as war production workers to aid the war effort. Children being cared for and eating snacks at the nursery. Radio, billboards and other media are used to recruit women. Women walking on wide sidewalk in downtown Dayton. Close up view of pamphlet called the "War Worker" that lists all open jobs. A film crews films a woman working in a Dayton war production factory. View inside theater of movie screen showing a public service announcment or PSA called "Dayton Women are Marching to War" and showing women involved in war production efforts. Women are interviewed by Dayton radio station reporters, asking about their war production jobs. Women playing cards in a living room comment while listening to a large stand up console radio in the room, as it plays an interview with a woman war worker. Women and men on a factory floor building items for war. Outdoor propaganda billboards encouraging women to work, including signs, "Get a War Job to Help Him Fight", and "The More Women at Work the Sooner We Win" showing many women workers. Also a sign billboard showing Uncle Sam with message, "Your Job should be a War Job." Aerial views of Dayton, Ohio, circa 1943.
'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton, Jr. Opening scene shows General George S. Patton, Jr. stepping from a landing craft in France, during World War 2. He stands by the side of a road and waves, as elements of his 3rd Army pass in tanks. Patton in a jeep moving with his troops. General Patton pointing with a baton, in North Africa. View of a world globe being circled by a satellite. A baby picture of Patton (called "Georgie"). Patton seen as a boy, fencing, as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. A smiling Patton at West Point. Members of the first football team for soldiers established by Patton. Renault tanks of the 1st Tank Battalion moving with AEF soldiers in World War I. Tank commander,Patton standing in front of a Renault tank. Group picture of American soldiers and tanks, at the Tank School, in Fort Meade, Maryland., after World War I. Closeup of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton, in the group. Patton and his wife, Beatrice Banning Ayer, in Old West costumes, for a party, where he displays a pistol in his belt, and in costumes for another party, where they dress as a knight and his lady on horseback. American recruits and draftees being issued uniforms in World War 2. Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. commanding forces for the invasion of North Africa, in November, 1942. U.S. Navy warships fire their guns in advance of an amphibious landing. Landing craft heading toward shore. U.S. troops coming ashore at Casablanca, French Morocco. General Patton accompanied by French officers. Glimpse of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at their conference in Casablanca in 1943. Patton riding in an armored car with three-star flag displayed. Artillery firing in battle of Tunisia. Lt. Gen. Patton and others observing operations. British General, Sir Harold Alexander, steps from a light airplane to meet with General Patton in North Africa. They converse. Patton and another officer looking through binoculars from a ridge by the village of El Guettar, as allies engage German troops and armor from the 10th Panzer Division. M3 Lee tanks moving in the desert. Knocked out tanks of the German 10th Panzer Division. General Patton coming aboard an American warship, and then standing with an Italian officer and a U.S. Major General. Allied naval bombardment at night. Patton observing though binoculars. Allied warships bombarding Sicily. Allied amphibious forces heading ashore in landing craft. Troops moving ashore. Closeup of troops in a landing craft. Glimpse of Patton in a landing craft. Troops walking across floating dock from a landing ship. U.S. flag flying in sand at beachhead. Landing ships in background. General Patton stepping ashore from small boat, and conversing onshore with a Brigadier General and some troops.
Preparations for launch of the USS Hancock (CV-19) at Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1944. . Shipyard riggers removing supports from under the ship's hull. Platform at bow is decorated with bunting. Scene shifts to Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, and the launching of the USS Missouri (BB-63), on January 29, 1944. Crowd gathered around the bow as the Missouri goes down the ways. Another change of scene to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. Here the ways are emptied following the launch of the Light Cruiser, USS Hancock (CL-81) on June 19, 1943. The Hancock can be seen in the water. Tugs attend to the newly launched Cruiser.
A documentary depicts activities of U.S. Department of War workers in the United States during World War 2. Scenes of various 1940's clocks on bedside tables. War department workers wake up with the alarms. They get ready for work. Cars passing on the streets of Washington DC. Buildings along the sides of the street. People lined up waiting for public conveyance. A bus arrives. Bus and car traffic on the "Highway Bridge" over the Potomac River toward Arlington Virginia. (The Highway Bridge, a swing-span through-truss bridge, was part of the 14th Street Bridge complex over the years. It was eventually replaced by the George Mason Memorial Bridge, and in 1967 the Highway Bridge was removed and taken to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren Virginia, to be used for bombing practice). View of the newly built Pentagon War Department building in Arlington Virginia, and views of large parking lots at the Pentagon filled with cars. Workers walking inside the Pentagon building corridors. A line of women seated and working at telephone switchboards in the Pentagon, and consulting an updated telephone directory. A sign at the door of a room reads 'Security Office, Identification Section'. A woman goes inside. Woman named 'Phyllis Hood' gets her identification card and finger prints for her identification in the office. She is seen taking an oath. Hood working at her desk. She files statistical reports. Exteriors of various Washington DC buildings being guarded by United States Army personnel for the Military District of Washington during World War II. A covered anti-aircraft gun installation in Washington DC is shown opening as US Army soldiers take up positions to use the artillery during practice drills. A guard standing outside the White House building.
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Roger C.Heimer of the Samuel Chase (APA-26), steps down to the main deck, where crewmen are assembled. They honor Captain Heimer, who will be leaving the ship in Norfolk, by presenting him with a plaque, that appears to chronicle the major campaigns in which the Chase participated. The Captain thanks them and speaks to the crew. He then climbs a ladder down the ship's side. Other officers follow him. Soon, the captain and officers are seen climbing back on the main deck, where they converse. A Consolidated PB2Y Coronado flying boat is seen flying overhead. The American flag flutters from the ship.