U.S. diplomatic and military mission to Tibet led by Major Ilia Tolstoy and Captain Brooke Dolan. Map shows countries in Southeast Asia. Map shows a way through which mission passed starting from India to China. British political officer Sir Basil Gould, Chief Minister (Gongzim) of Bhutan Raja Sonam Tobgay Dorji, his wife Rani Chuni Wangmo (Dorji), and the daughter of the Maharaja of Sikkim are seen on a lawn where gifts for Dalai Lama are displayed. Kangchenjunga Mountain at a far distance. Members of mission with horses at Natu La pass. Horses loaded with bags used for transporting potatoes. The Himalayan Mountains and valley. Travelers come to a halt at a place in mountains where horses unload. They start journey again and men drive horses loaded with wooden boxes. Indian troops under British command at formation. British officers walk by the troops. Raja Dorji and others walk. Honor guard gives send-off to Raja Dorji and British officer. Snow capped mountains. Mules loaded with wool pass the village. Mission members and honor guard reach British tail station, Gyantse in Tibet. British and American flags raised in gesture of friendship. U.S. mission members welcomed by British Major and Tibetans. U.S. mission people and Tibetans at a reception at house of British State agent. A Tibetan ceremony.
View of mountains in Gangtok. View of guests from other countries arriving, including U.S. Ambassador John Galbraith. Maharajah, father of Prince arrives to attend the wedding. View of Prince and Hope Cooke putting scarf around their neck in wedding ceremony. Prince and Princess arriving at the Palace.
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.
Free India Legion parade in Germany during World War II.. German and Indian officers including leader of Indian independence movement Subhas Chandra Bose review Free India Legion members, former prisoners of war to serve Germany. Two soldiers holding Free India Legion flag. Insignia of the Free India Legion on the uniform of a soldier. Soldiers take an oath. Military vehicles driven in the parade. Soldiers in a truck. Soldiers pull a field artillery. They fire machine guns.
View of traffic on approach to the Old Howrah floating pontoon bridge, across the Hoogly River, on the Calcutta side. Men work and carry luggage on bullock-carts. Building on the East bank of river Hoogly, used by the public for changing when they come to bathe. Men walk. Houses along the sides of a street. People walk on the street. Man buys articles from a street vendor. (Note: The Old Howrah pontoon floating bridge was used until the cantilever bridge, begun in 1937, was opened for traffic in 1943.)
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.