Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour - America declares war against the Axes.
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.
Crowds around the White House. Mr Cordell Hull, US Secretary of State for War, arriving to 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 the crowd waving fists in front of Japanese Embassy. Staff is 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: sound version of this story exists on *PM1141*. Film id 1141.06. See separate record for details. AH 2001.