Bridge construction on the Ledo Burma roads in South East Asia during World War II on 5 August 1944. Aerial view of the flooded and damaged roads and bridges. United States engineers watch as the worker operates crane. They instruct the bridge building. Mountains in the background. Cable is pulled over tower by the block and tackle. Cable anchors are embedded in hillside caves. View of the completed suspension bridge. American and Chinese workers clear debris using bulldozer. Allied soldiers look at the map and discuss. Soldiers move with the horses loaded with their belongings. They cross flooded stream. Aircraft in flight. Supplies are dropped by parachutes on field.
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.
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.
China's President Chiang Kai-shek inspects the Chinese troops in Burma during World War II. Soldiers march on a street. An aircraft takes off. China's leader and United Nation's Supreme Commander for South East Asia Chiang Kai-shek along with his wife Soong May-Ling and General Mountbatten inspects Chinese troops in Burma. President Chiang and General Mountbatten looks through binoculars. The President of China Chiang Kai-shek and his wife in an American jeep along with other officials to inspect China's Army mobilizing for attack. The soldiers march. President Chiang addresses the soldiers. An American aircraft supplies the guns and ammunition via parachute to the Chinese soldiers fighting in the jungles of Burma against the Japanese soldiers. Chinese soldiers in jungle with their weapons. The soldiers attack their enemies. The heroes of the Burma's battles receiving medals from U.S. Army General Joseph Warren Stilwell.
U.S. troops' invasion on the Marshall Islands and destruction of Japanese garrisons during World War II. An animated map depicts the location of Marshall Islands in the South East Asia. U.S. Navy ships proceed in order to take the island from their enemies. The animated map depicts the tactics of U.S. Navy. The soldiers attack the Kwajalein Island. Roi and Namur in the north are attacked by the U.S. Marines. The U.S. fighter aircraft. Soldiers in small boats approach towards the Marshall Islands. Aerial bombarding on the island by the U.S. fighter aircraft. The American soldiers take their positions on the island's coast. Soldiers with their weapons. An officer examines the bomb explosion through binoculars. The remains of a destroyed Japanese aircraft. American soldiers capture the Japanese base headquarter. The dead Japanese soldiers. The arrival of more American troops on the island.
A U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft approaches a South East Asia Command airfield in Ceylon, in World War 2. As it taxis in after landing, the words: "Uncle Joe's Chariot" can be seen painted below the cockpit window, along with the China-Burma-India Command Insignia. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Joseph Warren Stilwell, AKA Joe (Vinegar) Stilwell, steps from the airplane's rear door carrying a campaign hat in his left hand. He shakes hands with Brigadier General Frank Dow Merrill (of Merrill's Marauders) and other officers. Stilwell (now wearing his campaign hat) converses with Merrill. Together, they walk toward a waiting staff car.