This stunning color film of the PACIFIC ISLANDS OF WWII features footage shot during the post-war Thaw Expedition to the South Pacific. It was funded by Chrysler Motors. The film starts in Pearl Harbor at 1:07, with the Pacific Fleet shown at anchor. At 1:37 footage of December 7th is shown, and then at 1:48 the work of welders, crane operators, and other ship builders are seen. At 2:16, fighting men are seen at the Outrigger Canoe Club and surfing at 2:40 off Waikiki. At 3:06 Diamond Head is seen. At 3:26, signs of war are shown in Hawaii including a plaque honoring those lost aboard USS Arizona. the entrance to Hickham Field at 3:45. At 4;08 the Battle of New Guinea is seen with troops battling the dust, mud, and water in the jungle. At 4:49 combat footage is seen with American tanks, artillery and infantry on Guadalcanal. At 5:28 the jungle is creeping back over a wrecked plane, and at 5:51. Tanks are shown at 6:00, artillery at 6:06. At 6:35, wrecked ships are seen jutting out of Guadalcanal's lagoon.
At 7:00, islanders are seen dancing. At 7:23, the film looks at the Battle for the Marshall Islands, including at 7:50 the attack on Tarawa, with battleships and cruisers bombarding enemy positions. At 8:40 troops hit the beach aboard amphibious landing craft. At 10:30 a headquarters is shown at Kwajalein, as well as many other parts of the vast base at Kwaj. At 11:43, wrecked landing craft and planes are shown on the beaches. At 12:18 a Japanese pillbox is shown, and at 12:27 a plaque. At 12:35, the Marshallese are seen converting wrecked boats into fishing vessels.
At 13:00 the assault on Guam is shown. At 14:00, supplies are moved inland on Guam. At 14;17, buildings are demolished and new ones are built in their place. At 14:35 rows of aircraft engines are shown at Guam, which was used as a repair base during the war. At 14:50 a new hospital is shown. At 15:40, the shoreline is seen dotted with wrecked invasion craft. At 16:22 the vast Guam base is shown with its rows of barracks and Quonset huts. At 16:44, Guam residents are shown celebrating Catholic mass.
At 17:00 the film moves to 1945, and the invasion of Iwo Jima including footage of the famous flag raising at 18:40. At 19:00, wreckage is shown at Blue Beach with the beach strewn with shell fragments. At 19:24 the central airport is shown on Iwo. A radio station is shown at 19:47 with the sign "Iwo Jima Power & Light" out front. At 20:40 are views of Mt. Suribachi from the air. At 20:55, the film shifts to D-day on Okinawa. At 22:27, wrecked ships are seen at Okinawa on the beach, along with other debris. At 23:07 a U.S. Army Sherman tank is shown rusting away. At 23:30, a swimming area near Orange Beach is seen on Okinawa, as well as a PX and library, further evidence that peace has once again come to these islands.
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