Ledo Road in Burma is viewed by U.S. Army Generals during World War II. U.S. Army engineer Colonel Lewis A. Pick and Commanding General Services of Supply U.S. China-Burma-India Theater of Operations William Edward Raab Covell arrive in an army transport plane. They are greeted by U.S. Army engineer Colonel Joseph Green and Lieutenant Colonel Harold A Whittier. Generals in jeep being driven on Ledo Road. Generals view Ledo Road.
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.
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.
OSS (Office of Strategic Services) film on Project Gold Dust gives details of the psychological warfare techniques used by OSS Morale Operations (MO) Unit and Kachin guerrillas in Burma during World War II to demoralize Japanese troops obstructing linkage to Burma and the Ledo Road. Kachin guerrillas including North Burmese killer tribesmen prepare for an operation. They are recruited, trained and led by an American officer. MO Detachment 101 troops. Burmese load shells, guns and artillery. 1st Field team of MO OSS personnel joins Detachment 101. An aircraft lands. The guerrillas board the aircraft and are transported all over Burma. Development of MO. A message from an American officer commanding a company of Kachin comes for Major Boldt. The message is dispatched to the Major and a distribution officer delivers it to the chief. A Production and Intelligence officer works. They discuss strategy about MO material best suited to reach the Japanese. The MO intelligence officer contacts Detachment 101 research and analysis branch. They discuss the accuracy and details of the operation. They go to interrogate a Japanese 18th Division soldier held prisoner. MO and the distribution officer discuss the strategy. Radio Major Haan consults Kachin. A detailed report is prepared and given to a pilot for dispatch. The message is given to Major Boldt. The MO staff at work. A lieutenant interrogates Japanese prisoners and gains their cooperation. The MO discusses Project Gold Dust. A forged surrender order to be given to Japanese. Production of the leaflets of forged order. Press prints the leaflets in the mobile production van. The leaflets are cut, dispatched and packaged. Burmese plant the forged order in a town. A lieutenant reads a report on the spread rumor. He talks to an Anglo Burmese woman. The rumor is spread in the town. Burma Jungle 101 patrol distributes the leaflets. A carrier pigeon for Major Boldt is sent. An aircraft arrives to pick up the prisoners who have surrendered.
The Ledo-Burma road shown on animated map of China and India. The Ledo Road or Stilwell road (named after General Joseph Stilwell) under construction. Chinese man takes picture. Workers fall trees. Crane uproots tree and clears the area of debris. Rocks blasted and bridge built. Chinese engineers work inside a large pipe.
Chinese 38th and 22nd divisions,British and American provisional regiment "The Marauders" troops advance towards North Burma to clear Ledo road. The allied troops attack Japanese 18th division on 24 December 1943. Supplies are dropped from airplanes by parachutes. Wounded are operated in field and are evacuated by air..1944