A summary report purporting to reflect phases of Japanese so-called "Tanaka Plan" beginning with Conquest of Manchuria, followed by Conquest of China; establishment of bases in South Pacific; and Conquest of the United States. Animated map shows pressure by German forces in offensive against Soviet Union and illustrates German air war against Britain. Scenes of bombing destruction in Britain, including overturned double-decker bus in ruins of buildings. A Nelson Class British battleship viewed from dead ahead. She is followed by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. American newspaper headline reads:"Navy Bill Passes House." and "Huge Sum Voted for Two Ocean Navy." A line of U.S. Navy battleships underway, led by the USS Mississippi (BB-41). A field full of U.S. M3 Lee tanks moving in formation, as they are overflown by several Douglas B-18 bombers. Assembled Japanese leaders in a forum. Japanese Naval officers in a planning conference. Closeup shows Admirals Shigeyoshi Inoue and Raizō Tanaka pointing at a chart and conversing as other officers look on. Next, bomb bursts and black smoke rises as the attack on Pearl Harbor is underway. The USS West Virginia, USS Tennessee, and the USS Arizona, burning on Battleship row, during the attack. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek with staff officers walks to a waiting car. Forces allied with China, including American troops marching; British troops marching; and Dutch Colonial troops marching (in Batavia, the Capital of the Dutch East Indies). Japanese troops continuing their conquest of China, firing a field piece, and infantry charging. Newspapers announce Japanese advances into Malay Peninsula and Hong Kong. Others cite fall of Singapore fortress and of Corregidor (6 May, 1942). Animated map shows Japanese occupation encompassing Indo-china, Thailand,and Burma (with loss of the Burma road) all of which compounded China's war efforts.
Students at FBI Academy Quantico,Virginia, United States going through a pistol drill. Group firing from different angles and positions. Instructor in stand speaks over PA system. August 1942.
A tourist bus en rout to its destination in United States. View of the Natural Bridge in Virginia, USA. A water stream flows at the foot of the bridge.
Aftermath of Pearl Harbor attack. An animation shows a map of Japan as a fictional character Tojo makes a call from Tokyo to Nagasaki and other cities disseminating the news of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He rejoices at the attack. The United States Navy ship Arizona capsized. Wreckage of damaged ships like Nevada, West Virginia, California. Navy personnel along with civil technicians start the salvage of United States ships. Men work on the ships. Ships like California, Nevada and West Virginia underway after repair. Sailors and supplies aboard the ships. Military preparations in United States to counter the Japanese attack.
'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.
Aircraft in formation. Officers working and looking at charts in a plane. Flying boat in flight. Military vehicles cross pontoon bridge. Gun crew beside a gun. Men operate artillery. Graduation at Annapolis in Maryland. Various colleges across United States. President of Purdue University, Edward C Elliott at desk gives a speech. Planes parked at Purdue University Airport. Instructor talks with fliers. Tuskegee school students before war. Fliers operate planes at Tuskegee in Alabama. Men attend ground crew classes. Pilots outside laboratory to learn meteorology. At University of Virginia, aeronautical department, students learn the aircraft design and get wind tunnel lessons. Engineering college students work with equipment. Student work with communication devices. Medical college trains doctors and nurses. Men and women in laboratory. Training for blood bank. Military messages and various diplomatic terms are taught to students by instructors. Students in Chinese and Japanese library at Harvard to learn oriental relations. Scientists work with selected students. Sailors at Purdue University. Sailors work as electricians. At Law school in Virginia University, high ranked officers learn how to control occupied territory. At Medical school, officers learn how to fight tropical diseases. Officers look through microscopes in laboratory. Cadets learn at Harvard school of business to manage army camps. They learn how to supervise camp kitchens. Student trained at Hampton Institute. Development of chemicals by students in laboratory. Student work at shipyards. Men work with field equipment. Training to IOTC cadets is given. Cadets handle modern rifles. Cadets trained for gas-raid. IOTC learn naval tactics. Cadets learn how torpedo works. Cadets at navigation class. Cadets board ships. At University of North Carolina, students attend fitness classes. Fully trained soldiers and officers of United States Army.