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.
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.
The proposed Ledo road is surveyed . Jungle growth is cut and cleared by blasts. Bulldozers clear debris and level road. Men construct bridges. Man works on a crane. General D I Sultan gives official order to General Lewis A Pick. General Pick rides in the first truck convoy over the road to China on 12 January 1945. Truck convoy on road. Crowd cheers as convoy reaches Kunming,China. Ledo road was constructed between 16 December 1942 and 4 February1945.1944.
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.
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.
American Forces in China. An animated map of China shows attack by the American 14th Air Forces from two fronts. Chinese men use a roller and dig a ditch. United States B-24 aircraft in flight. Pilots shake hands. An aircraft in the background. Supplies being loaded onto a plane. A house on fire as a man runs in the foreground. Houses burn and smoke rises from the area as a result of a Japanese attack. Damaged houses and a deserted city in China. An explosion occurs and a pillar of smoke rises. Bomb craters on the ground. An American flag being lowered and removed from a flag post by men. Men load supply boxes in an aircraft. A plane takes off. Chinese people eat food. Chinese children being fed chow by women. People lie down to rest.