Soldiers training at the United States Army Ranger school, Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii, during World War II
Hawaii USA Date:1942 Duration:5 min 27 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Soldiers go through the assault course with gas masks, under fire, at the U.S. Army Ranger Combat Training School in Fort Shafter, Hawaii, during World War 2. Opening scene shows several trainees in gas masks carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, advancing through rough terrain in which tear gas fumes are seen. Closeup of one soldier, wearing steel helmet and mask, but otherwise stripped to the waist, as he bayonets a stuffed dummy target on the course. He uses his bayonet on another dummy that drops down on him as he scrambles out of a tunnel. Views of other soldiers passing through the same portion of the training course. As they leave the tunnel, they encounter more gas that billows across their path. Change of scene shows the soldiers climbing over obstacles placed in their path. Closeups of some trainees scrambling over obstacles. Some soldiers are seen crawling as camera pans to sniper firing from a palm tree. Next, they must traverse another obstacle and engage two more dummies with their bayonets, next to barbed wire fence. As they pass a steep hill, an explosion occurs raising smoke and causing rocks and dirt to fall down towards them. Next, they must make their way along a ravine lined with barbed wire. One fires his rifle. Closeups of several trainees climbing out of a water filled ravine and crossing a stream on makeshift footholds. Soldiers must run on a log to cross a creek, as explosive charges explode around them. They emerge from a tunnel and charge up a steep dirt hill to encounter another dummy to bayonet. Film ends displaying a sign that exhorts soldiers to embrace killing and reminding them survival requires that they KILL or be KILLED. It is signed by Lieutenant General Lesley James McNair, Chief of the Army Ground Forces. It ends: "WE are not going to be killed!"
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