Events in career of Chester W. Nimitz. Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. Admiral takes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet
Pacific Theater Date:1941, December Duration:4 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Japanese flag on a Japanese aircraft carrier. Japanese aircraft take off to attack Pearl Harbor. Squadron of Japanese aircraft in flight, and dropping bombs over Pearl Harbor. U.S. Navy ships being destroyed by Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor. Chester W Nimitz gives a brief speech when he takes command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He shakes hand with his senior officers. Animated map depicts the Japanese and American bases. Sweeping elevated view of an American ship building dock area as many workers build new warships for World War 2. Close-up views of war production workers building ships. New ships being launched including an aircraft carrier and also the Liberty Ship SS Richard Bassett. View of interior of a U.S. Navy submarine. Officer with cigar in mouth viewing target through periscope. Shot of torpedo being fired from submarine and then view through periscope as a target ship is hit and explodes. Dramatic shot of a U.S. Navy submarine surfacing. The submarine breaks the surface and its bow shoots high into the air as it breaches and then settles to complete surfacing. Scene of United States warships firing at Japanese enemy ships, and U.S. Navy aircraft taking off for attack from aircraft carrier. Narrator indicates it is for Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Midway. Scene from deck of U.S. Navy ship of sky filled with flak and fire as American ships work to down a Japanese airplane. Fire on deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier after attack by a Japanese aircraft. Burning wreckage of Japanese aircraft in water close to an American Navy ship. Scenes of U.S. Navy ship guns firing and hitting Japanese aircraft that crashes into the sea. An aerial view of a Japanese airplane hit by an attacking U.S. aircraft, as seen from the American aircraft gun camera.
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