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Battle of China – Japanese bombers in Shanghai 1937, history and culture of China, Japan's dream of a World Empire
The sixth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series. Japanese planes bomb Shanghai in September 1937. Plane interior images. Bombardier turning knob of bomb sight, bombs released from aircraft, ground explosions. Civilians running and screaming. Shows bodies of dead Chinese men, women, and children. China can be described by three words; history, land and people. Chinese history goes back more than 4000 years. Map shows the China landmass; China proper and the provinces of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Sinkiang, and the great Yangtze River. Shows the mass of Chinese people. Shows and describes the inventions of the Chinese people, art of printing with moveable type, the mariner's compass, art of making porcelain, gun power, and gave the world Analects of Confucius. China has been forced to fight because of The Tanaka Memorial, Japan's dream of World Empire formulated in 1927 by Baron Tanaka. A Tanaka quote "In order to conquer the world we must first conquer china". Animated map shows Japanese plans to conquer the world. China was a fragmented country, but not a nation, while Japan was a highly regimented military dictatorship.