• Short Summary

    Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour - America declares war against the Axes.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "AMERICA AT WAR - First Scenes".

    United States of America (USA).

    Various shots of Mr Nomura, Japanese Ambassador in the USA, and Japanese diplomat Mr Kurusu, being mobbed by the press in Washington DC. Crowds around the White House. Mr Cordell Hull, US Secretary of State for War, is seen arriving at White House.

    Close up shot of headlines in the newspapers - Japanese declare war etc. Air to air shots of the bombs being dropped from Japanese aircraft. Close up shot of a map of Pacific Isles with arrows pointing at Pearl Harbour. Long shot of peaceful Pearl Harbour prior to attack. Various shots of the America's Pacific Fleet ready at sea.

    Various shots of angry crowd of Americans waving fists in front of Japanese Embassy. Embassy staff are seen burning official documents in the garden. Various shots of the American troops patrolling the streets of Washington. Various shots of the recruits queuing up and being sworn in.

    Long shot of San Francisco. Medium shot of a loud speaker. Several shots of the troops running. Various shots of women and children in New York running to underground shelters.

    Close up shot of American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing Declaration of War against Germany. Close up shot of President Roosevelt addressing the nation from Washington (natural sound). He says: "We are now in this war, we are all in it, all the way. We are going to win this war and we are going to win the peace that follows".

    Note: mute version of this story is on *PM1065*.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:27:00 / 01:11:00:00

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