A film based on the problem of getting supplies to China from Calcutta, India during World War II. An aerial view of ships docking at a harbor in Calcutta, India. Civilians walk on the streets in Calcutta. Cargo ships and boats docked at a harbor. A crane hoists containers. Native laborers at a U.S. jeep assembly line. U.S. officials instruct the laborers. Assembled jeeps lined up in Calcutta Park. Lack of storage facilities shows outdoor storage area with large crates stacked after unloading. Army trucks move along a road to U.S. Army Air Force 28th Air Depot near Calcutta. Trucks and vehicles lined up outside the 28th Air Depot.
Sections of oil pipeline are unloaded at Calcutta from ship. Pipeline sections are transported on boats,river barges,jeeps and trucks Jungle foliage are cleared from the pipeline route into China. Men build pipeline through the jungles of Burma. President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet. ATC planes on ground and air. Line up of tanks. August 1943.1944.
A United States aircraft in flight over the Himalayas in Jorhat, India. An animated map shows places like Calcutta and Burma. Supplies are loaded onto a United States Army Air Force ( USAAF ) C-87 airplane. The aircraft in flight over the Naga Hills. Aerial views of the terrain between Jorhat and Kunming. A Chinese farmland in view. The supplies are unloaded at an airfield in Kunming, China. They are transferred to a truck parked nearby. A USAAF C-46 parked on the airfield. Drums of aviation gasoline are unloaded. The C-46 takes off.
Indian political leaders during the independence movement in India. Crowds gathering in the huge Maidan, urban park, in Calcutta. India proposes the Dominion status after the war, new constitution after the war, representatives in the war cabinet and representatives at the peace conference. A political rally. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a political and spiritual leader of India, during the independence movement. Jawaharlal Nehru, a political leader of the Congress Party, speaks to the Indian Congress Party. The Congress Party includes Hindu and Muslims political leaders. Another Indian leader addresses the party. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a politician and leader of the All India Muslim League, speaks to the Moslems. Pakistani area is highlighted on an animated map of India. A sign:' Hindu Mahasabha'. The political leaders of Hindu Mahasabha talk. Rice cultivation on a farm. A farmer works on the farm. Two sets of cattle plow the farm.
U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) in Calcutta, India during their first flight around the world. A harbor in Calcutta, India. World cruisers in the background. Cruisers taxi on water. The Indians crowded around the cruiser. One cruiser is lifted onto a pier.
A film based on getting U.S. supplies to China from Calcutta, India during World War II. An animated map highlights Calcutta in India, Santahar and Parbatipur in Bangladesh. A train loaded with U.S. jeeps and trucks. The trucks and a jeep driven onto flat railroad cars. A train moves on a track. U.S. troops board boats on the banks of the Brahamputra River and are ferried to Pandu. A barge loaded with railroad cars moves towards the ferry point of Pandu. An animated map connects Parbatipur with Dhubri, Pandu and Chabua. Chabua is ultimately connected to Kunming in China. U.S. troops sort and unload supplies at Chabua satellite field.