Film: 5378

War + Military | 1940 | Sound | B/W


Public information film to explain to Americans why they have entered World War Two.

Children take oath to the U.S. flag. Battle scenes, ships, 'planes, artillery super-imposed on U.S. flag. Flame-throwers, battles in Pacific, shooting down ME109's, war scenes from around the world (very brief shots). U.S. soldiers walk to camera, then super-imposed over U.S. street scenes and factories; close-up of faces of U.S. soldiers, close-ups of Statue of Liberty, rolling seas, 1607 Jamestown, history of the American Revolution, few shots of re-enactment of the revolution, the constitution, close-up of the Liberty Bell, pioneers crossing prairies, wagon trains (7 shots); very patriotic music and symbolic creation of the fifty states; more aerial shots of the Statue of Liberty. Painting of immigrants at Ellis Island. New Englanders at old world crafts, sulphur mine, planting vineyards, hand sewing corn, cotton pickers. Brief shots of oil workers, fishermen, heavy industry, Chinese on the railways, lots of work activities, including spinning, railroad-building, telegraph wiring, ranchers; shots then get faster and faster. Dam is built. Electricity - number of switches thrown. Beautiful aerial views of New York (to Gershwin). Lots of shots of technology - TV, surgery, radio, telegraph etc., technical drawing, housing estates; cars on the road, in the factory car-park; in hospital, children's health programmes, children at schools and colleges. Men fishing (3 shots), football, horseracing, rodeo, basketball, golf, bowling, skiing, swimming, water-skiing, boxing, motor racing (one shot each). Train, train interior, car and caravan. Food, sandwich-making, coffee in a cup, many shots of various U.S. foods being made. Lots of shots of different radios, juke box, dance hall, dance bands, musicians, marching bands. Newspapers, books. Church exteriors (5 shots). At the election booth (commentary says "We make mistakes."). Pictures show Prohibition distilling in the bath, bottles. Ticker-tape machine, then it's smashed (The Wall Street Crash and Depression). Spaghetti roads, lots of crowded streets, people moving about. People enter church, they sit down inside with priest at front, lots more shots of interiors of churches, people listening. Two dead soldiers. "Did we want war?" 1917 analysis of World War Two build-up. Four shots of World War One, 'over the top' etc. Armistice Day 1918 celebration. Three shots of oriental scenes, 1931 Manchuria, Japanese soldiers, captured Manchurian, 'Rising Sun' flag over Manchurian city. U.S. Depression, men getting food, dust bowl, gangsters. Newspaper headline, "Hitler in power"; Hitler and Hindenburg, "Heil Hitler" in lights, Nazi rally. Newspaper headline, "Mussolini attacks Ethiopia"; Haile Selassie in and out of the United Nations. Neutrality Act. Civil War in Spain. People rescued from buildings. Gallup Poll questionnaires. Man asks housewife (who is washing-up) "Should the U.S. enter the war?" 95% say No. Telex machine, Shanghai - all out China War. Gallup Poll - Sympathy for Japan or China? 43% for China, 2% for Japan, 55% undecided. Austria invaded. Munich Agreement, newspaper headline, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, Italy attacks Albania, Roosevelt writes to Hitler, invasion of Poland (various shots). Chamberlain declares war, people try gas masks, build shelters, troops called up. Gallup Poll - "Which country caused the war?" 82% think Germany. Senators discuss neutrality and selling war supplies. 57% support. Japanese in China, kneeling soldier shot, dead child, Mr. Acheson (?) discusses exporting to Japan. Invasion of France. Radios, radio station. Hitler in the train to sign armistice with France. Troops march under L'Arc de Triomphe, empty street cafés, Hitler at the Eiffel Tower. Germans in Brazil; German influence in South America. Stepping up armaments production. Throwing flour bags at tanks. Low state of the military, trucks with "tank" written on the side for exercises. National Guard. Beer cans for shells, the call up, medical check-up, training, blitz in London, people in shelters, buildings on fire, naval destroyers sent to Britain, U.S. bases. Pact of Berlin, 1940 ('Tripartite Pact') between Germany, Italy and Japan - celebrations in Berlin, Rome and Tokyo. Sleeping in the Underground. Gallup Poll - "Should we help Britain?" 68%. Roosevelt speaks to Congress. Armaments sent. Lend-lease agreement. Marching jackboots over war dates. Economic reasons for joining war; German and Japanese economic domination. Troops to Greenland and Iceland. German U-boats. Neutrality Act repealed. Japanese in Indo-China. Japanese diplomat arrives in U.S. to secure peace. December 7th 1941, Aloha Base, Hawaii; ships bombed, planes on field bombed; close-ups of Japanese fighters in 'planes using machine guns. American reaction to Japanese accusation of interference on Europe. Battleships burning. Aftermath of attack on Pearl Harbor; the wounded. Declaration of war on Japan.

World War Two analysis from U.S.A. perspective.

Use of historical reconstruction in American history. Second World War. Very fast cut and some studio shots. Close up of children, then wider shot of lots of children. pledging allegiance to the flag of America. Close up of American flag with 48 stars. American soldiers using flame throwers in the jungles of New Guinea. An American gun crew not wearing shirts. A sea plane landing in the Aleutian Islands. Pacific Island fighting. Pilot of heavy American bomber wearing oxygen mask. Mid-fuselage machine gunner in bomber firing gun. German fighter plane has wing shot off and somersaults.
Troops in jeeps in Burma. Soldiers skiing in Iceland. Troops leaving landing craft in Philippines, filmed from shore.
American troops in half-track vehicles in Iran. Troop planes from which paratroopers are parachuting over France. American and Chinese troops marching in China. Soldier looks through binoculars in Italy. Fighting in an olive grove. Tank passes through woods.

Double exposure effect of soldiers marching over scenes of American life - mid-west prairies, southern cotton field, Manhattan, a factory, New York, Los Angeles. Close up of different soldiers. Some chew gum. One uses binoculars. Medical doctor wears mask. Soldier fits bayonet to rifle. Soldiers climbing down nets on side of ship into landing craft. Landing craft approaching Pacific Island as explosions happen. Soldiers landing on D-Day. One appears to be shot. Statue of Liberty in close up. Waves break on rocky shore. American coastline. History of America - Plymouth Rock. Man clearing land and cutting down trees. A hut. A church. The American Revolution. Statue of Thomas Jefferson. Reconstruction of 1775. British soldiers charging on battlefield. 1776, 1777 American colonists tramp through snow. 1781 stills of Yorktown. Constitution "We the people" Flag with 13 stars - the original states. The Ohio river. Mississippi. Colonists and wagon train on prairie. Mules pulling wagon. Wagons pulled through river. Map of United States gradually fills in before our eyes as states are added to the U.S.A. Statue of Liberty from the air.
Reconstruction of early settlers building homes - carrying logs, working wood. They are English, Scotch (sic), a Dutch blacksmith. Italians working in sulphur mine of Louisiana. The railway leading to the sulphur mine. The French and Swiss in the vineyards of California. Danes and Norwegians sowing corn. Swede "seeding the good earth". Polish and Welsh coal miners wearing miners' hats. Blacks or Negroes harvesting cotton in the south. Mexican working on oil well. Cowboys herding cattle. Greek, Portuguese fishermen using fork to sort fish. German puts eye glass to his eye. Hungarian and Russian heavy industrial workers, Irish, Slav and Chinese working on railroad construction. Close ups of oxen hitting tree trunks. Farrier shoeing horse. Reconstruction of the building of American railroads out West. Hammering nails into railway sleeper. "Puffing Billy" type of railway engine. Man tying telegraph wire to post. Train in countryside. Moving sheep. cattle in pens. Pig farming. Many teams of horses ploughing land side by side. Harvesting tobacco. Black hauling bale of cotton. Spinning cotton yarn. Weaving loom. Old fashioned paddle steamer. (Side paddle). early car. Wright Brothers aeroplane. Tractors on land. Many combine harvesters at work together. Coal mine drilling. Oil drill, oil well blows. Train passes camera. Steel works - use of large hammer. Smoky industrial town. Scientist in white coat. Dynamiting a quarry rock face. Diggers scoop up earth. earth moving equipment. Bridge construction - maybe the Tennessee valley Authority. large dam. several electricity pylons. Close ups of hands throwing electrical switches. City lit up at night. gas storage tank. Train in countryside. Construction - man riding on girder as it is carried along. large suspension bridge. Close up of rivet gun.

Skyscraper under construction. Aerial view of skyscrapers. Tracking shot alongside military cemetery. Tracking shot along American street showing crowds on pavement.
People working - heavy industrial workers walking home. In hay field, man uses fork to lift hay on to cart. Men typing. Lightning rod on top of building. Close up of hand using telegraph machine. Doctor and nurse in operating theatre. Newspaper presses rolling. Man wears mask as he does electric welding.. Men stand on submarines as they move through sea near to shore. American airliner with four propellers. Man manipulates X-ray tube. Gyroscope compass. A Singer sewing machine in operation. Television set with woman dancing on the screen. Farmer and boy in a cow milking shed. cat looks longingly at milk churn. Office full of draughtsmen. Hand uses pair of compasses to draw circle. Busy street full of cars. Dual carriageway. car park full of identical cars. Street cleaning lorry. Operating theatre with view looking down. External shot of hospital. Patients being attended by doctors and nurses. Nurse picks baby up from cot full of babies. Unsmiling babies on slow-moving roundabout. Little girls eating. Mother kisses three year old daughter. Kindergarten school. Nine year olds at school. Public school. .Private school. Trade school. High school. College.

Recreation of soldiers: duck flying in air is shot and it lands in pond. Different scenery with men fishing - from bank, in river, from boat. Birds migrating in huge numbers. American football game with good run by running back. Baseball, baseman and runner collide at base. Horse racing on dirt track. Men's hurdles race. Rodeo with man thrown from bucking bronco. Basketball - man dribbles, shoots and scores. Line of men taking a golf swing on a driving range. Line of bowlers bowling in an alley. Child plays marbles. Hand provokes frog or toad into hopping out of a circle. Mass of people ski-ing. Skier jumps directly over our heads. Slow motion of female diver diving off sprig board at "Beverly Hills Hotel". Two speed boats race by camera. Two women doing a form of water-skiing. Man in small motor boat falls out of boat as it lands after going over a jump. People wearing ice-skates hold giant kites and glide along on ice.
Boxing match where man is knocked down. Motor racing on a banked track. One car clips another and crashes with driver and co-driver falling out. Close up of selection of maps of parts of America. Large steam train travelling in snow in countryside. The restaurant car inside train. Car pulling caravan in countryside. State sign "Arizona welcomes You". Motor cycle policemen pull car over to side of road. Motel.
FOOD. Older majorette takes drink with straws from tray - roadside cafe. Advert for a "hot dog and a glass of beer". Billboard for "cheeseburgers with the works". Quick sandwich making, steak and eggs frying in a pan. Close up of hands taking cup of coffee from coffee machine. Close up of "Coca Cola" bottle being opened by fixed bottle opener with "Coca Cola" on it. Fast food preparation - quick shots. Automatic pancake making and turning. Sandwich placed on plate. Eight-slice toaster with eight pieces of toast popping up. Pancake machine. Automatic presentation of plate. Sugar dispenser poured onto teaspoon over cup. Hand mops worktop. Two women sitting at counter finish food and wipe their mouths with napkins.
Membership badges of clubs. Neon sign says NBC Studios. hand turns dial on radio. Montage of different radios. car radio being tuned. Portable radio (about the size of a car battery) being carried down street. Jukebox putting record on. Close up of woman's pop-socked feet and man's feet tapping. Big band and dancehall with crowded dance floor. Older couple dancing. The Hollywood Bowl (?) Black trumpeter. Girls' marching drum band. Newspaper presses rolling. Newsagent with racks of magazines on sale. Many newspaper mastheads. Book shop with crowded shelves. Comics - "Flash Gordon", "Dick Tracy". Montage of churches - The Chinese First Presbyterian Church, Finish Lutheran Church, Filipino Christian Church and Fellowship, Armenian Church, Jewish Synagogue, Self-Realization, Church of All Religions. American election booth. Main street shop. Nice shots on "We make mistakes" - word "Prohibition" appears over House of Congress or Representatives with politicians applauding. making illicit drink in a bath. Many rows of bottles of moonshine. Words read "Prohibition repealed", "We learn from mistakes" is spoken. Man reads tickertape. Tickertape machine falls on the ground. "We build for the future".

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY: large bucket dangles from crane. Freeway interchanges shot from air. Apartment blocks. People exiting from subway. People in church. Congregation sits down. Congregation seated with bowed heads, praying. Nun in close up. Altar - pan up to Jesus on the Cross. Cars on road, driving along. Holiday beach. Dead soldier in field. Dead soldier floating in water.
Actual footage of 1917, First World war. Several big guns firing, including one which moves backwards (it must be on tracks). Fake (?) footage of American soldiers going over the top. Bi-planes in formation. Panning across no-man's land. Tanks. Field gun firing. Explosions. Words say "Armistice Day Nov 11 1918" over picture of cheering crowds. Tickertape parade. Dancing in streets. God footage. Newspaper in crowd reads "War Echo". Caricature of Kaiser in crowd.
American parliament. Americans destroying their own ships - explosions on two ships.
1920's Paris street scenes and pavement cafes. Quick shots of Asia - Japan and South East Asia. people with metal rings round their necks dancing (Burma ?) pagoda. In America, boys play baseball.
In 1931, Manchuria invaded by Japan. Japanese soldiers advancing under their flag. Officer looks through binoculars. Victorious troops march into Manchurian town. Manchurians tied up. Japanese soldiers drape flag from rooftop. Vignette of U.S. Secretary of State over newspaper headline. America's domestic situation pre-eminent - work problems. Locked factory gates. National Guard on streets. Public orator. Soup kitchen. faked shot of Chicago gangster-style drive-by shooting. machine gun fires and four men are shot - good film. Stream of cars leaving Dust Bowl Oklahoma (?). farmer plays with baby. Stage with American High School graduation taking place. In street, man takes newspaper out of rubbish bin, trash can. Close up of newspaper "Daily Mirror" "Hitler in Power". Night-time Berlin. Marching Nazi crowds carry a few flags. German Chancellor and Hitler on podium. Neon sign reads "Heil Hitler". Fireworks. Nazi rally. Hitler at rally watching Nazi troops. American High School dance. man sits in deckchair in back garden. Newspaper headline from 1935 "Mussolini attacks Ethiopia". Waves of bi-planes fly overhead. Bombs fall from plane. Ethiopian bangs drum. Emperor Haile Selassie. His army. machine guns. Fighting.
Caption shows us Senator Hiram Johnson of California speaking in Congress. U.S. passed neutrality Act. American lawyers wave young sailor off in a car. Filmed from behind a cinema audience watches newsreel of 1936 "Civil War in Spain". The Spanish Civil War. Men walking forward with rifles lowered. Italian and German bombing. Man throws bomb. Explosion. People flee. Effects of bombed cities. Man runs to aid injured child. Children in rubble carry toy scooter. Girl crying. Refugees. Mother warms hand on open fire and places it on child's leg and bare foot. Franco gets off train and shakes hand of Hitler. The American Institute of Public Opinion - The Gallup Poll. Public opinion interviews in workplace, in home - men interview citizens and record results in notebooks. Screen question - should Americans become involved in a European war, 95% "No".
1937 Newspaper office - News agency report -"Japanese launch all out China War". Japanese warships. Japanese sailor signals semaphore. Ships fire guns. Point of view as plane drops bombs. Explosions on ground in Chinese town. People running. Dead Chinese civilians. Dead bodies loaded on to lorry and driven off. American port, cranes. Magnetic scrap metal carrier drops scrap. Loading Japanese ships, because Japan hasn't declared war! Hitler and Goering smile. British and French signatories sign away Sudetanland in Czechoslovakia. Hitler saluting as he travels in open-topped car and stands up.
End of Part 1.

Newspaper street seller holds up newspaper "EXTRA. NAZI SPY GANG ARRESTED"
fake shot of Nazi American meeting indoors with orator working crowd up by denouncing American constitution. Crowd rise and proclaim "Seig Heil".
Real outdoor shot of gathering of American Nazis who carry Nazi and American flags. German American clubs. Marching bands. Man in crowd gives Nazi salute.
Madison Square Garden, New York City. Huge rally of Nazi sympathisers. Protester is grabbed by men in uniform and hit. Audience salute. Cover of newsreel with picture of Mussolini and Hitler on it.
Steel works - smelting. Launching a ship. Smashing bottle on ship. German troops in troop carriers at parade. Parade of forces. Planes fly overhead with Nazi flag fluttering in the foreground. Japanese munitions plant. Japanese steelworks. Launching Japanese ship. Welders. Marching Italian troops goose-stepping. Mussolini salutes by statue of Caesar. Hitler saluting. Emperor Hirohito riding horse at head of mounted soldiers. Japanese with flags. Emperor salutes. Japanese flag waving crowd. German flag waving crowd. Close up of face of Statue of Liberty. Lincoln Statue. Representative Andrew J May of Kentucky speaks. The Naval Affairs Committee of the House of representatives. The secretary of Navy, Charles Edison speaks. Talk of American re-armament. Diagram shows size of budget spent on armaments.
Map of Czechoslovakia. Smiling face of Hitler. Choir singing in American church, U.S.A. Newspaper seller with paper "Italy attacks Albania". Warships' guns firing in close up. Italian troops march along quayside in Albania. Italian troops push bicycles through Albanian town. Troops in military vehicles driving through countryside. The White House in Washington. President Roosevelt signing messages to Hitler and Mussolini as he sits at his desk. Photo guns flash. Roosevelt uses blotting paper.
In Germany, Reichstag audience laugh and burst into applause as Hitler lists names of people who complain. Crowds rise to feet and salute. "Seig Heil". Close up of goose-stepping feet. Newspaper headline spins into view "Poland Invaded". German troops march across makeshift platoon bridge. Field guns fire. Shell explodes near country road. Infantry walk across open country. German stuka explodes. Crowds of civilians in Warsaw read message in shop window reading "War". They look glum. Air raid sirens sound. People run around streets of Warsaw. Larger German bombers bombing. Close ups of bomb release mechanism working. Fake footage of street fighting. German horse teams riding through ruins. Old Polish woman holds her head. Very young baby has head bandaged. Dead Polish civilians lined up. American couple sit at home listening to wireless. She knits, he reads newspaper. Men in workplace stand around wireless and pot-bellied stove and listen to announcement of "Zero hour". British Houses of Parliament. Downing Street crowds. Policemen outside number 10 Downing Street. Black cat passes. Chamberlain's voice speaks of war. Men in a back garden in Britain shovel earth onto an Anderson shelter as mother and baby look on. Old woman has gas mask fitted. Baby is placed in baby's all -body gas mask. British troops ride in back of open-topped lorry. marching British troops. Tommy gives a "thumbs-up".
American couple listen to radio as they lie in their twin beds, the radio between them.. The French Maginot line. Beret-wearing French soldiers march. Underground tunnel of the Maginot line. French forts and underground bunkers firing on Germany. German field guns firing back. Large gun. At this stage 82% of Americans considered Germany responsible for causing the war. Special session of Congress called. Delegates meeting informally. Roosevelt talks to Congress. Senator Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota talks. Senator Elbert D. Thomas of Utah asks for the Embargo Act to be modified.
War in China. Japanese artillery. Civilians fleeing Japanese soldiers execute bound Chinese civilians. Woman cries. Dead baby. Crying boy. Dead burned baby. American pollster talks to American headscarf-wearing housewife on her doorstep. American port.. Crane loading scrap onto Japanese ship. Chinese Americans walk by with banners "Embargo Japan". Mr Acheson, Assistant Secretary of State talks to camera.
Hitler talks to two German high ranking officers at a table in 1940. Americans listening to radio. European civilians on roads as refugees. Faked footage of dive bomber and stream of refugees. American men gather round car radio. People on farm listen to radio. Footage of Dunkirk evacuation. Man in barber's chair has hair trimmed as he reads newspaper headline "Italy enters war". Roosevelt makes speech. Technicians twiddle knobs in radio control room (?). American mother, father and boy in living room listen to radio.
1940 surrender of France at Compeigne. Hitler marches by and salutes German troops. Statue of Marshal Foch. Germans prepare to enter military carriage. French delegation march up. German soldier unveils Nazi flag. Deserted Paris cafes. German troops march in front of Arc de Triomphe. Gun carriage. French man holds his head. Frenchman mops his eyes. Train with Nazi emblem on front. Hitler salutes out of the window. Deserted Paris streets as Hitler's car drives around. Hitler looks at Eiffel Tower. Paris from Eiffel Tower - marching troops. German railway gun. Large gun barrel rises to the sky. Nazi soldier looks through binoculars. Large guns are fired. Maps show potential new German influence. Brazil with 1 million Germans. Pipe-smoking ethnic Germans. Three blonde girls. "Deutsche Schule". Inside a classroom with children writing and holding hands in air to teacher. Blonde girl talks. Examples of German-Brazilian newspapers. A German glider club. Also in Brazil 260,000 Japanese. Japanese farmer in close up in Brazil. Ecuador with German airline logos. Man indicates an Ecuadorean - German transport plane with bomb rack already fitted.
In Argentina the Deutscher Tennis Club. Ethnic Germans running and discus-throwing. German bank. German businesses. The Havana Conference (in Cuba) for the Defence of the Americas, July 22, 1940. Large building in Havana. Delegates from Argentina sit in foreground. Cordell Hall the American secretary of State speaks. Roosevelt speaks to congress. American airplane making. Work on building up navy - riveter. Men in large office study blueprint. Marching sailors and soldiers. American soldiers. Military build - up. Training without real guns. Machine gun made of wood for practising with. Tank is hit with bags of flour (for bombs). Trucks having "Tank" written on them. Soldier with dummy machine gun. Sign behind him reads "Machine Gun Nest". Soldier deeding bullets into real machine gun as it fires. Rally of field artillery. In May 1940 the United States army had 10 light and 18 medium tanks. Stock of lager beers in cans. The National Guard of the U.S. marching. Soldier kisses woman goodbye - obscured by his mountie-style hat. Soldiers get on train. Making the draw for recruitment. Serial number 158 is written on blackboard. Number 192 written underneath. Roosevelt reads the numbers out. Man looks at "Order to report for Induction" - the first compulsory peace-time army. Black man reads order in his kitchen with his wife next to him. Woman gives man suitcase. Chinese man puts sign in window "Closing up, drafted". Medical examination of men stripped to waist. Man has teeth checked. Ophthalmologist wears eye light. Man positioned for chest X-ray. Order has "Accepted" stamped on it. Swearing-in ceremony. Quick montage of raw recruits learning to march. German airfields. Taxiing aircraft. German planes taking off. Edward Murrow speaking to camera. German planes flying over Britain - filmed from another plane. British artillery. Burning barrage balloon "Public Air Raid Shelter for 300 Persons" sign. People in shelter look up sat noise of bomb. Burning building. Firemen. Blitz of London. In America, people read signs in window outlining progress of war from British perspective. British aircraft carrier, biplane flying close by. American harbour with lines of old naval ships from First World War. Ancient destroyers. Churchill signs for 50 old destroyers.
Meeting in Berlin between Japanese and German politicians. Roadshows(????). Mr Berle, the Assistant Secretary of State talks to camera. He tells us of and we see the Pact of Berlin. September 27th 1940. Cheering crowds. Italy, Japan and Germany sign tripartite pact. Caption tells us we are seeing Joachim von Ribbentrop signing for Germany, Galleazzo Ciano signs for Italy, Saburu Kurusu signs for Japan. In Tokyo a waiter's hand pours wine from bottle into glasses. Japanese politicians. The toast. Crowds outside cheer. They wave flags. Large crowd in Rome cheers. Mussolini speaks from window. The Nazi, Japanese and Italian flags side by side. Japanese holds his hat up and acknowledges the crowd. Hitler stands by his side. Huge crowd in Berlin. London Blitz. Searchlight switched on. People asleep in Leicester Square tube station. Gun flashes. German bomb aimer. Points of light from fires far below, Bomb explosions in London. Warehouses burning. Fireman's hose with low pressure. Charles A. Lindbergh speaks. Wendell Willkie speaks and says England will win. In London, cleaning up the morning after a bombing raid. Sweeping glass off pavement. A fireman picks up a mannequin. A rescue worker picks through rubble and pulls out a small Union Jack flag.
Japanese soldiers marching.
U.S. pollster asks farmer on a ranch his opinion. Roosevelt speaks to congress asking for more funds for armaments manufacture. Quick shots of ship, plane, tank, gun being readied for export to Britain or China. American Land-Lease Act passed. U.S. dockers working moving sacks. Marching Nazi feet with dates superimposed.
Yugoslavia overrun. Greece invaded. German troops attacking Russia. Germans in small boat. Tanks and motorcycle troops. German fires large field gun. Russian women dig massive earth defences. Loading a British fighter plane body onto a ship. Arab dockers unloading goods in Red Sea. The Burma Road to China full of trucks. Large depot of boxes in Murmansk. Cotton bail tipped off ship in Iran. Chalked graffiti "Hammer and Sickle 'em". Huge depot of trucks. Lots of sailors rolling tyres. Arabs pulling large wooden crate. Chinese lifting heavy goods. American barber with man in chair, his face lathered. Statue of Liberty.
Map shows what would happen if Axis had won. The Capitol in Washington, a flag flying in foreground. Railway trucks of aid destined for Britain, Russia and China. Trucks on road in arid conditions. Ships at sea. American ships taking troops to occupy bases in Greenland and Iceland. U.S. ship in front of snowy, rocky shoreline. American troops in Greenland or Iceland harbour. Submarine at sea. Point of view of men descending conning tower towards camera. Crew working in submarine. Turning a wheel quickly. American ship seen through faked periscope shot. Launch of torpedo, torpedo track through sea. Explosion of torpedo against ship. Newspaper headline "U.S. ship torpedoed". Several headlines showing American ships being sunk.
U.S. flag floating in water. The U.S. Secretary of War, Harry L. Stimson speaks in front of microphone. Wendell Wilkie speaks at rally. "We want those cargoes protected." Enthusiastic applause from audience.
Shot of Neutrality Act repealed superimposed on Congress interior. Crane loading deck guns on to merchant ship. Ships in Atlantic.
Map shows Japan attacking French Indo-China. Japanese Imperial flag flies from ship's mast. Japanese troops descend side of ship. Japanese troops in open truck in town in French Indo-china. Troops march near Donodak. Japanese troops wear camouflage on helmets. Sea plane takes off. The ships of the Japanese task force making their way to Pearl Harbour. Japanese Ambassador disembarks from seaplane. Lots of American photographers take pictures of Ambassador. He speaks into microphone (mute). Cordell Hall meets Japanese negotiators. Japanese field guns in operation. Japanese troops in Chinese town. Charging down street. Smiling Japanese faces after meeting. Japanese aircraft carriers. December 7th 1941. Japanese air crew are briefed. Pilot gets in plane with his Samurai sword. Two-seater planes taking off. Planes fly in formation . Clock reads 1 o'clock. Clock reads five past one. Shots from inside Japanese plane. Ten past One. U.S. Secretary of State on telephone. Twenty past one. Hawaii - views. Sailors at open air service. Sailors throw baseball to each other. Sign says "Aloha". Dramatised shots of sailors looking up as they hear aeroplane engines. Japanese bomb aimer. Bombs dropping. Exploding. Explosion on ship. Camera shot straight down at airfield. Japanese plane drops torpedo. Large explosions. Faked footage. Japanese pilots fire guns. American is shot. Clock reads 2 o'clock. Twenty past two. American naval gunner winds wheels on gun. Ships fire guns. Actors firing guns up in air. Black soldier fires gun. Japanese planes trail smoke. Crashed and burning Japanese plane. Japanese delegation in Washington. hall talks to camera about Japanese proposals. He puts on pince-nez glasses and reads. Smoking ruins of ships at Pearl Harbour. Panorama over this. Roosevelt's voice announcing war. Americans on stretchers. Injured man. U.S. flag and Statue of Liberty.

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