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.
'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton Junior. General Patton steps down a barge. He waves as a military vehicle passes by. U.S. 3rd Army in Europe, 1942. Patton with soldiers. Childhood picture of General Patton. An adolescent Patton comes down a flight of stairs. He practices sword fighting with his father. Picture of Patton at Virginia Military Institute. Picture of Patton at West Point Military Academy. Patton with his established first football team for soldiers. Tanks during World War I. Patton in front of a tank as the first tank commander. General Eisenhower and Patton with other military cadets at the Tank School in Fort Meade. Patton and his wife pose as warriors of the past. A soldier helps another to wear military uniform. In 1942 Patton as a Lieutenant General on an American convoy towards North Africa. Artillery fired and battleships are exploded. American troops land on the coast of Africa. Civilians cheer. Patton comes down a flight of stairs with other military officers. U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in conference. Patton climbs into a military vehicle and it drives off. Fight in Tunisia. American soldiers fire artillery. Explosions in the distance. Patton gets down a plane and talks to U.S. General Alexander. Two men look through binoculars. German General Rommel walks into a trap set for him by Patton. German tanks destroyed. Patton with other officers. Conquest of Sicily. Fight in Sicily. U.S. 7th Army lands on shore.
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.
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.