The dramatic story of the development of the US Pacific Feet’s Fast Carrier Task Force, featuring the Fighting Lady aircraft carrier sailing through the Panama Canal on her mission to intercept Japanese supply lines and assist China. Footage includes memorial services and burial at sea of fallen Fighting Lady crew members.
Newsreel footage, shot aboard the USS Missouri, depicting the official signing ceremony denoting the unconditional surrender of Japan.
The United States Marine Corps ends the Japanese occupation of the Solomon Islands. Footage includes Admiral "Bull" Halsey conferring with his aides, and the arrival of Admiral Chester Nimitz at a new airfield.
This is the Philippines(1945)
A motion picture designed to prepare US soldiers for active duty in the Philippines, including an overview of natural resources, exports, and indigenous culture.
Why We’re Here: A Report from General Sultan(1944)
A filmed appeal by General Daniel Sultan, explaining United States troop support for the Chinese. Footage includes the liberation of Chinese ports from Japanese occupation, and the US provision of humanitarian an d military aid.
With the Marines at Tarawa(1944)
An exciting short film highlighting an amphibious landing by the marines, undertaken to capture a major Japanese airbase on Tarawa. The action culminates in the raising of the United States flag.
Brought to Action(1945)
A documentary film depicting the second battle of the Philippine Sea, including General Douglas MacArthur wading ashore at Leyte. Footage includes a US flier’s burial at sea.
Appointment in Tokyo(1945)
A cinematic scrapbook spotlighting key events leading up to the August 1945 surrender by Japan. Footage includes US soldiers on the Bataan Death March, and the raising of the US flag on Iwo Jima.
Surrender in the Pacific(1945)
Footage documenting Pacific events in the aftermath of war, highlighting Tojo’s suicide attempt, the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and a map of the newly reconfigured Japanese Empire.
Fury in the Pacific(1945)
A motion picture chronicle of the invasion of Peleliu Island and the joint US forces’ capturing of Bloody Nose Ridge.
The Fleet that Came to Stay(1945)
Footage depicting the operation of US and British naval forces fending off Japanese Kamikaze air attacks.
The Battle for the Marianas(1944)
United States Army, Navy, and Marines join forces to wrest control of these Pacific islands from the Japanese.
Action at Anguar(1945)
A unique promotional film for the sale of War Bonds, featuring aerial action in the Pacific as US planes strafe Japanese positions on Anguar.
The Battle of Midway(1942)
Seriously wounded during the filming of this Academy Award-winning documentary, Hollywood director John Ford shot most of the vivid color footage himself.
Packaging: Single disc
Run Time: 108 minutes
Number of discs: 1
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: N/A
"The story of World War II and America’s part in it is best told through the sights and sounds of history as it happened. This is the real war, documented in priceless strings of pictures and streams of sound, as chosen by our film archivists."Les Waffen, Chief, Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch, National Archives and Records Administration