Japan expands its military presence and influence in the Pacific before World War II. U.S. employs air power early in the war.
Pacific Theater Date:1944 Duration:2 min 22 sec Sound:Yes
Opening scene shows Emperor Hirohito of Japan dressed in military uniform, astride a white horse, riding along a path, followed by military officers. (Narrator cites Japanese declaration of war against the U.S. and Britain on December 7, 1941.) Japanese soldiers in two groups engage in local war games against each other. Animated map shows Japan and the expansion of her influence and military presence throughout the Pacific. Aerial view through scattered clouds, of Japanese fleet of warships. Aerial view of American warplanes in formation through scattered clouds. Closeup from cockpit of a U.S. A-20 Havoc aircraft, showing its left engine and prop and a second A-20 flying to its left in close formation. Swerving wake of a Japanese warship engaged in evasive maneuvers on surface of the sea, below. Several scenes of U.S. aircraft strafing Japanese warships. Aerial view from a U.S. B-25, flying above Japanese ships, of another B-25, with its bomb bay doors open as it launches a torpedo. Japanese ship is struck, explodes, and sinks stern first. Glimpse of more Japanese ships in a convoy.
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