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First Allied convoy reaches Kunming, China, over the Ledo Road, during World War II

U.S. military trucks, part of a convoy of 113 vehicles, led by Brigadier General Lewis Andrew Pick, are seen traversing the Ledo Road (aka the Stilwell Road) approaching their final destination of Kunming, China, on February 4, 1945, during World War 2. (They departed Ledo, India, on January 12, 1945, traveling a distance of 1,079 miles.) (Narrator gives distance as 1,044 miles.) View from an overflying airplane shows the long column of trucks on the road below. View from the ground, of the convoy reaching the city gates, where it halts as General Pick and his staff proceed through the gates to a speaker's platform set up in a covered pavilion displaying American and Chinese flags, and pictures of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. General Pick and staff are introduced by Chinese General J.L. Wong who, speaking in English, celebrates this first convoy over the Ledo Road, and points to a banner containing four Chinese characters that spell out "The Road to Victory." General Pick takes the podium, shakes hands with General Wong, and accepts the banner from him. Camera shows the area completely filled with Chinese troops, witnessing the ceremony, including many sitting atop a nearby roof. General Pick speaks briefly, accepting the banner on behalf of the convoy members. He then leaves accompanied by the Governor of Yunnan Province, China. Officers cut a ceremonial ribbon across the road at the West Gate of the city, and the convoy is led into the city by two Chinese soldiers on motorcycles. Chinese spectators line the way and celebrate with firecrackers and cheers, as General Pick passes, standing in a jeep, displaying the Amercan flag and with the Chinese "Road to Victory" banner in its back seat. views of the convoy trucks proceeding through the city. Closeup of one, with a painting of the road, and snow capped mountains, and "First Convoy over the Ledo Road" and "Pick's Pike Life Line from India to China" painted on its canvas cover. A sign over one of the shops along the road reads in Chinese and English, "Welcome First Stilwell Highway Convoy." Views of troops waving from the trucks and Chinese citizen spectators crowding the sides of the road to watch.

Date: 1945, February 4
Duration: 3 min 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
General Eisenhower as a World War II officer and the U.S. President.

Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th President of United States visits various countries. The U.S. Air Force plane lands and the President disembarks the plane in India, in 1959.. He is greeted by the Indian President Dr Rajendra Prasad and other dignitaries. Emblem of 'Panama'. Sign of 'welcome Ike Crusader'. Large crowd welcomes Eisenhower. Motorcade goes through the city's street. Milestones in General Eisenhower's life and the international esteem with which he is held. Lt Col Eisenhower concerned about U.S. isolationism in 1940. Explosions in Europe due to bombing by German planes. Eisenhower and other officers in the General Staff study a map. Eisenhower plans the strategy as the commander of Operation Torch (he is shown talking to General George C. Marshall and Winston Churchill). President Eisenhower visits 4 continents and meets several leaders. Large crowds welcome him. General Eisenhower prepares for D-Day. June 5, 1944: The Allied forces including troops, artillery, equipment, ammunition, aircraft and ships prepared. June 6: The Allies invade Normandy. Troops wade through the water towards the beach. German soldiers surrender. May 7, 1945: Nazi General Alfred Jodl signs the unconditional surrender of his government. General Eisenhower returns to the U.S. He receives a hero's welcome in New York. He visits his hometown in Kansas. Pictures of his family, childhood and college days. Eisenhower on his visits to various countries as President.

Date: 1961
Duration: 4 min 55 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
B-24 bombers of the U.S. Air Force take off for bombardment of enemy positions, at China-Burma-India Theater in World War II.

U.S. Army Air Force at a base in China-Burma-India Theater during the World War II. B-24 bombers of the U.S. Army Air Force take off a runway at their base in India during WWII. A number of planes take off as ground staff watches. Each plane has a unique identification number. Bomb dropped at enemy position. Planes among the clouds.

Date: 1945, January 22
Duration: 4 min 22 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Problem of getting U.S. supplies to China from Calcutta, India during Japanese aggression in China during World War II.

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.

Date: 1945
Duration: 4 min 2 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The problem of getting U.S. supplies from Parbatibur in Bangladesh to Chabua in Assam, India during World War II.

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.

Date: 1945
Duration: 3 min 30 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allied supplies being transported from Calcutta , India to Kunming, China through United States Army Air Force planes.

Allied supplies reach China for an action against Japanese in China. Allied officers outside a building in China as supplies from India are unloaded from trucks. Boxes piled up in a room. Shells and barrels in a field. A jeep being loaded onto a plane in Calcutta, India. Planes take off. Aircraft in flight. It flies over snow covered mountains. Aerial view of a river. A United States Army Air Force plane comes in for landing in China. Equipment being unloaded from the plane.

Date: 1945
Duration: 3 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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