U.S. Navy carrier planes hit oil fields in the China Sea. A storm in the China Sea. U.S. Navy 3rd fleet carriers on a ship. A diagram shows an arrow on the South China Sea. The fleet moves forward towards Japanese bases. U.S. airplanes bomb Japanese targets. Carrier planes return back to the ship. A plane crash lands on the ship. The pilot of ship is hurt and stuck in the cockpit. The crew runs toward the plane and gets him down. A diagram shows an arrow from the South China sea to Indo China, Saigon. A tanker is torpedoed by U.S. planes. Bombing on Saigon. An oil reserve on fire.
Low altitude aerial views from an aircraft circling the Dutch submarine, O 19, stranded on Ladd Reef, in the South China Sea, with bow raised high above water and stern submerged.
Note: According to Klaas van der Veen,of the Netherlands, whose father was second in command on the O 19, the boat went aground while on the way to Subic Bay, Phillipines, on July 8, 1945 (July 7th East of the International Date Line). After three days trying to free the O 19 using full reverse power at high tide, blowing air, firing torpedoes, and jettisoning ballast, the crew was rescued by the U.S. submarine, USS Cod, which torpedoed the O 19, after all critical equipment had been removed.
Allied attack Japanese positions in China. An animated map of China shows transportation of oil and other supplies in the region towards south of China. A fleet of ships towards the China Sea. United States Army Air Force planes in flight as they strafe Japanese ships. Explosions occur at sea. Water gushes high up in the air. The ships are strafed.
Japanese officials meeting in strategy session. Japanese infantry on mission to cut Chinese supply lines during 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Black smoke rises as they move along a river bank. Chinese prisoner-workers are forced to rebuild railroads destroyed by the Chinese people during their great Westward trek. Japanese soldier closely guards workers. A Japanese army armored train underway on the rebuilt railroad, as Japanese soldiers cheer. Animated map shows China's supply lines by sea, to Tsingtao, Hangchow, and Amoy, cut off by Japanese naval blockade. Japanese Navy launch with officers and crew moving near commercial ships as they take over Chinese river ports. War materiel and other supplies destined for China, including trucks, sit idle, unable to be transported to their destinations. Large oil tanks and drums of gasoline are shown, as well as gun barrels and a flightline filled with parked Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft. The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Asakaze (DD-3) and another, next to it, in a Chinese river port. A Japanese freighter with anchored weighed, secured by long lines to a wharf. Small boats flying Japanese Naval ensigns are next to it. View of map showing china, Burma, Indo-China, and Chungking, with Japanese blockading fleet stationed in the South China Sea. It traces path of narrow gauge rail line from Indo-china to Kumming,China, where it connected to an overland road to Chungking. Next it traced the old Camel Caravan route, across China, from Russia. Narrator notes these were to small to be useful and too close to Japanese-occupied territory. Next, the map traces a railroad that from the port of Rangoon to Lashio, Burma. It is separated from the road to Chungking, by mountains and gorges. Views of the actual mountainous terrain. Animal pack trains moving through the area. Construction engineers in a large drafting room designing a road to transit the area. View of modern road-building caterpillar tractor equipment of the type needed to accomplish this. View of Chinese laborers using manpower instead. They push large rollers and employ pickaxes and other hand-held tools to carve away and dig road beds. Masses of Chinese laborers at work, carving a road along the edge of a mountain. Two-men teams using manual tampers to pound down the roadbed. Children are employed along with adults. A woman with a baby on her back, pounding large rocks into gravel, surrounded by other children doing the same. View from above of the "Burma Road," the product of their labors, winding its way through the mountains and gorges. Many scenes of trucks moving along portions of the Burma Road. P-40 airplanes flying past white cumulus clouds, overhead. Animated map shows continued expansion of Japanese occupied areas to encompass two thirds of the rail lines in China with goal of controlling the remainder, starting at Chengchow, in Summer, 1938. View of Chengchow region, on banks of the Yellow River. Map illustrates flow pattern of the Yellow River. View from past of the Yellow River's Spring floods toward the Sea, with Chinese people throwing rocks onto dikes that keep the river flowing in a more Northerly direction than its former course. Illustration shows how with Japanese encrouching on Chengchow, the Chinese decided to destroy those dikes and allow the river to flood over its former more Southerly course. Japanese soldiers being inundated by the flooding river. Japanese infantry and tanks regrouping on their occupied side of the new (old) path of the Yellow River. Local Chinese residents of Chengchow, wade with belongings as they leave their flooded homes.
U.S. submarines at a harbor in the United States. A ship underway at sea off the coast of United States. Using signal lamp, Signalman aboard the ship is sending morse code blinker at night (though first dawn light of sunrise is visible). Low mountains in the background. Men aboard a boat underway. The sunrise view. (Unrelated: Clip ends with brief view of Kodak "china girl" for color timing. Lettering beside this "china girl" or "leader lady" indicates Kodak 79 ECO and she is wearing a 1960's psychedelic shirt or blouse)
A film titled 'Coming Kunming' based on the problem of getting supplies to China and the activities of U.S. Troop Carrier Command during World War II. Japanese troops march into a Chinese town during Sino-Japanese war. They advance during an invasion. A map highlights the Burma Road linking Burma with China and Kunming, Yunnan and Lashio as its terminals. A Chinese woman works on the road. Trucks move along the road. The Ledo Road as an alternative to the Burma Road which had been cut by the Japanese Army. U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator bombers in flight over the Himalayan Mountains. Inadequate dock facilities in Calcutta, India. A map details transportation problem. Native labor is used for the construction of a U.S. air base in India. Building of rail road lines. Chinese laborers work in China. Cargo ships underway at sea.