America prepares for war and Hawaii in the aftermath of the first Japanese raids.
Titles read: "WAR IN USA - FIRST PICTURES".
United States of America.
Various shots show Times Square in New York City before and during an air raid practice. When the siren sounds the people go down shelters and the square is empty. C/U of a woman in a tin hat.
Various shots of women enlisting for service and having their fingerprints taken. A glamour girl signs on and we then see her in uniform with other new recruits. In San Francisco we see people filling sandbags and working to protect buildings in the city.
In Honolulu people evacuate their burning homes after a Japanese raid. At a bombed hospital in Waikiki the nurses treat wounded people, and temporary wards are made. M/S of a newspaper headline declaring 'WAR! Dahu bombed by Japanese planes'. Various shots of a bombed out school, a car riddled with machine-gun bullets and more wreckage after the attack.
At a press conference we see M/S of US Naval Secretary of War Colonel Frank Knox saying a few words about the war. He says that after his visit to Honolulu it is plain that the Japanese wanted to invade, surprising the Americans before the actual war was declared.
Various shots of a Japanese submarine that has been washed up on the beach at Pearl Harbour. Two men hold up the uniform of the 'skipper'. Several shots of antiaircraft defences on the coast and in town.
End titles read: "See Next Edition of Pathe Gazette for First Pictures of - Churchill in USA".