Mao Zedong emerges from his cave house headquarters at Yan'an, China, followed by an interpreter and John S. Service, of the U.S. State Department, who is smoking a cigarette. They stand in the yard in front of the house, where they are joined by a Western reporter and another person on Mao's staff. Glimpses of participants conversing. Several closeups of Mao Zedong.
Japanese aggression in China during World War II. People in the streets of China. Animated pictures shows one Chinese out of every 5 people in the world. A page showing Chinese writing. A mariners' compass. A Chinese man at an observatory. A porcelain cutlery set on a table. A man puts gun powder in a bowl from a mortar. Explosion in the bowl. Firecrackers burst. Chinese people celebrating a festival. A book titled 'Analects of Confucius'. A saying of Confucius. Statues and a monument in China. Scenes of fighting. Japanese artillery fires and cavalry advances. U.S. flag flutters beside the Chines flag. Chinese troops on horses. Animated map of China. A book titled 'The Tanaka Memorial Japan's dream of World Empire'. Japanese Foreign Minister Baron Tanaka. Excerpted line of the book. Japanese military officers. An animated map of Asia showing regions which Japan wanted to conquer. Animated map shows Germany and Russia. Animated map showing Japan and China contrasts Japanese unity with Chinese disunity. Animated map shows China breaking into pieces. A scene of the Japanese Army.
Two U.S. Pennsylvania class battleships underway at sea, with other warships in background, during World War 2. One fires to starboard with her 14-inch guns from the forward triple turrets. U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bombers flying in formation over mountains. Glimpse of General Douglas MacArthur with General Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell in gunner's station of a bomber. Montage of brief glimpses showing U.S. forces engaging Japanese forces in: amphibious assaults; firing weapons in New Guinea and other Pacific islands. U.S. warship firing naval guns. U.S. ship firing at attacking Japanese aircraft, with sky full of black flak clouds. Admiral William (Bull) Halsey. Mitsubishi A6M Zero kamikaze aircraft blown up close to flight deck of U.S. aircraft carrier. It misses the ship and crashes in flames, exploding in the water, astern. U.S. General Joseph Stilwell, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, British Allied commander Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, photographed together in India. Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek seated for a picture with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Camera moves back revealing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, also seated. Behind them stand key allied military leaders, including (from the right) Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in-chief in India; Admiral Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia forces; George Giffard — commander of Eleventh Army Group; U.S. General Daniel Isom Sultan, deputy to General Stilwell; General Joseph Stilwell, Commander China-Burma-India (CBI) Command; and General Albert Coady Wedemeyer, Chiang Kai-Shek's Chief of Staff. General Joseph Stillwell is seen stepping from a military cargo plane, and being greeted by another officer. Stilwell is wearing a campaign hat. He has the CBI patch on his jacket shouder. A B-24 Liberator bomber takes off from a Chinese base at Liuchow, or possibly, Luiliang, China. (ostensibly carrying Chinese soldiers to India for training). U.S. marked P-40 aircraft are parked beside the runway. They display the shark teeth nose art of the Flying Tiger All volunteer Group of Claire Chennault. But this is 1944 and the aircraft are from the U.S. 23rd Fighter Group. Chinese soldiers are seen being armed and trained in India, with modern small arms. They are also seen fording a river with military supplies and moving in jeeps through jungle-like settings. Various views of Ledo Road construction in Burma. bulldozers, trucks, caterpillar tractors, explosives and men are shown in construction work. A jeep rides along a muddy section of the new road while U.S. and Chinese soldiers patrol on either side to protect it. Allied soldiers firing a small field piece. A C-47 aircraft airdrops supplies to the road builders. General Stilwell, standing with a Chinese officer, looks skyward at the aircraft. A C-46 Commando plane taking off from a field in India carrying supplies. Men loading a jeep aboard a C-46, plus ammunition and other supplies. Rare sight of supplies being loaded into nose cargo compartment of the one-of-a-kind XC-108A transport plane (modified B-17 bomber, tail number 41-2593). A formation of USAAF C-45 transport aircraft flying "over the Hump." Chinese P-36 Hawk aircraft in formation demonstrate firepower. Newly trained Chinese pilots marching and walking on flightline where solid-nose B-25s and P-40s are parked. Chinese and American pilots wave to each other from their P-40 aircraft. A B-25 takes off flanked by two P-40s. Bombs being dropped by Chinese B-25s. Japanese ship being strafed by Chinese fighter plane. Chinese laborers at work building an airfield without machinery. A large group pull a paving roller by hand. Chinese troops in combat with Japanese forces. One firing a Czech ZB vz. 26 light machine gun. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek addressing the U.S. Congress, 18 February, 1943.
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.
United States Army Air Force operations against the Japanese in China in 1944. United States Army Air Force 1st American volunteer Group pilots look at a map. A pilot in a cockpit with a sign on the plane as it reads 'Pilot R.T. Smith' Soldiers are briefed and a man puts an insignia on the collar of a soldier. An animated map shows the transportation of supplies across the Himalayas to China. Chinese troops. Planes in flight. Aircraft take off and fly in formation. American Fighters in flight. Japanese plane burns and descends. Another plane explodes in mid air and falls. Men look at wreckage of crashed aircraft. Allied Officers confer. Animation shows location of Chinese towns. U.S. Army Air Force aircraft take off for attacking the Japanese positions.
A film based on getting U.S. supplies to Kunming, China from Chabua, India during World War II. An animated map links Chabua with Kunming. A USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) C-87 Liberator Express in flight over the Hump. An aerial view of the Himalayan Mountains. A USAAF C-54 Skymaster in flight. An animated representation of the content of materials carried by an aircraft over the Hump. USAAF transport planes land at Kunming in China. An animated map depicts the transportation condition over the Burma Road in January 1941 and by air over the Hump in January 1944. Dispersal of cargo and U.S. troops to various fighting fronts from Kunming. A transport aircraft takes off from Kunming. Chinese troops march. U.S. Army General Joseph Stilwell with U.S. Lieutenant General Claire Chennault in Kunming. A formation of transport planes.