Tanks of the 50th Indian tank brigade cross the Kalapanzin River in Buthidaung, Burma. Tanks go on road soldier sits on tank and soldiers walk past tanks. Soldiers stand in water and hold raft with the help of ropes. Tank loads onto raft. Other tank also stands on raft. Soldiers assemble logs of raft
50th Indian tank brigade and Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers carry ammunition and supplies across Kalapanzin River in Buthidaung, Burma. Tanks on raft. British-Indian soldiers stand on raft past tank. Soldiers carry bundle of barbed wire and place it on raft. Japanese held position on the other side of river. British soldiers of the 27th Field Regiment Royal Artillery and 63rd Indian field Company, ferry pontoon raft with guns and ammunition. Water flows in river. Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers carry ammunition and supply in field and place it on ground. They ferry equipment and supply on sampans, down river. Soldiers push artillery and load United States jeep on sampans and ferry it.
Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment crosses Kalapanzin River in Buthidaung, Burma. Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment soldiers push artillery on pontoon raft. Soldiers push Jeep on raft. Soldiers ferry raft and sampan on water. Soldiers sit and stand on sampan and raft. Sampans at the river bank. Soldiers on sampans play trumpet.
Lord Louis Mountbatten inspects the 51st Brigade of the 25th Indian Division XV corps in forward area of Buthidaung in Burma. British Lord Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia comes. He shakes hand with an officer. Mountbatten speaks with the enlisted men. Lieutenant General S A M Browning, Chief of General staff of South East Asia Command (SEAC) accompanies Mountbatten.
World War II film about the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater of Operations. A soldier is seen filling out a form seeking information about him and inviting him to write in questions about anything he hadn't learned through normal information channels. Scene shifts to Information and Education Department of the Burma-India Command, where it is being processed by a soldier. Lieutenant General Dan I. Sultan, commander of Burma-India Theater, is seen next, seated at a desk, with wall map of the region behind him. He is appearing in an information film intended to inform troops under his command. He notes that more than half the troops who filled out the information form, asked why American troops were stationed in India and Burma. He refers to the recent recall of General Stillwell and the splitting of CBI into two theaters (China and India/Burma). He states that the purpose is a path toward Japan. An animated map shows China (that narrator notes has been fighting Japan since 1937). Animation shows Japan walling off China from the outside world, by seizing her ports, and then concentrating its grip on the Eastern part of the country. Without access by sea, the allies had only one option to assist China in the fight against Japan. That was to open the Burma Road. Film shifts to scenes of Japanese bombing of Shanghai and Chinese civilians abandoning the city. Wounded and injured Chinese fighting fires while tending casualties in an open area. Glimpse of Chinese soldiers near one of their few large artillery pieces. A gun crew manning one of her few antiaircraft guns. Chinese jam road in trek to the unoccupied provinces of the country. Chinese carrying casualties on stretchers, making do without ambulances. Chinese coping in the face of all kinds of shortages. In contrast, well supplied Japanese troops are shown in formation. Japanese troops, military vehicles and equipment are seen. Japanese firing machine guns and heavy artillery against Chinese positions. Japanese armor and long lines of troops engaged against the Chinese, who continue to resist in spite of shortages and hardship. Chinese soldiers without shoes, marching in a column.
Describes personnel resources in China. Japanese capture Burma. Chinese troops are flown by air transport command planes from Kunming to India and are trained in India. U.S. airplanes in an airfield. Troops and supplies are loaded in Kunming. Planes of the 14th Air force bomb Japanese positions in Burma from May 1942 to 1944. 1944.