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.
United States Missouri, destroyer warship Buchanan. Allied representatives French General Jacques Leclerc, United States Lieutenant General Robert C Richardson, Australian General Sir Thomas Blamey, United States lieutenant General Jonathan M Wainwright, United States lieutenant General Robert L Eichelberger, Netherlands Admiral C E L Helfrich, Canadian Colonel L Moore Cosgrove, United States Lieutenant General James H Doolittle, General Douglas McArthur, Richard K Sutherland. Japanese representatives foreign minster Shigemitsu, and General Umezu. Bow of warship Buchanan.
United States Missouri, destroyer warship. Allied representatives disembark ship. Chinese representatives walk along pier. United States General Carl Spaatz. Officers talk to each other.
United States Missouri, destroyer warship. Allied representatives disembark from ship. They get in to the car. Japanese representatives stand. Photographers take pictures.
A film titled 'Surrender in the Pacific' shows American soldiers hoisting their national flag in Tokyo to mark the surrender of Japanese troops. Soldiers march down a street in Tokyo and a bulldozer clears rubble from the streets. Japanese read occupation bulletins and bow to Emperor Hirohito. Wrecked Japanese cities are seen. Former Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo being administered an American soldier's blood at a hospital in Yokohama after he attempted a suicide. Atom bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - atom bomb explodes with smoke rising upwards.
American sailors occupy a Japanese naval base south of Yokohama in Japan. Destroyed Japanese aircraft are seen. Japanese workers prepare for the arrival of General MacArthur. A B-29 aircraft lands and General MacArthur gets down from the plane. Surrender ceremony takes place aboard United States Navy Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63), as large number of soldiers and sailors witness it. An 11-member Japanese delegation photographed by cameramen. Japanese Foreign Minister and General MacArthur sign the surrender papers. General Wainwright also signs them. A map shows Allied zones of occupation.