View of earthquake damage shortly after giant earthquake centered at Quetta, Balochistan, British India (now part of Pakistan). Stone crumbled and buildings flattened in the thriving city of Quetta. Debris of earthquake hit buildings and damaged vehicles. Pile of trunks and boxes kept on open ground with debris all around.
A hastily arranged cabinet meeting, to discuss the situation concerning Germany, at 10 Downing Street in London, England. Ministers arriving include Foreign Secretary John Simon, Lord Privy Seal Anthony Eden, Lord Chancellor John Sankey, Postmaster General Kingsley Wood, War Minister Douglas Hogg, Education Minister Lord Halifax, Secretary of State for the Dominion James Henry Thomas, Colonial Minister Philip Cunliffe-Lister, President of the Board of Trade Walter Runciman, Home Secretary John Gilmour and Head of India Office Samuel Hoare. Cameramen take pictures.
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.
Indian political leaders during the independence movement in India. Crowds gathering in the huge Maidan, urban park, in Calcutta. India proposes the Dominion status after the war, new constitution after the war, representatives in the war cabinet and representatives at the peace conference. A political rally. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a political and spiritual leader of India, during the independence movement. Jawaharlal Nehru, a political leader of the Congress Party, speaks to the Indian Congress Party. The Congress Party includes Hindu and Muslims political leaders. Another Indian leader addresses the party. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a politician and leader of the All India Muslim League, speaks to the Moslems. Pakistani area is highlighted on an animated map of India. A sign:' Hindu Mahasabha'. The political leaders of Hindu Mahasabha talk. Rice cultivation on a farm. A farmer works on the farm. Two sets of cattle plow the farm.
United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrives on a visit to India. Scene of a gate. A hilly region. People on a bullock cart. A man takes a small child in lap. A child on woman's shoulder. Farmers in a field. Statues carved at Khajuraho temple. Decorated and carved gates. Colorful paintings on walls. Women play sitar and tabla. A traffic policeman gives directions to traffic and shows 'Stop' sign. Students and teachers in a college. Carpenter and a mechanic at work. Large crowd. National emblem of India on a gate. Guards on horses. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India in a horse driven chariot in the Parliament premises. Air India plane lands at New Delhi airport. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi meet Jacqueline Kennedy, her sister Lee Radziwill and the American Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith. Galbraith talks to Prime Minister Nehru. Children clap. United States Embassy. Ambassador Galbraith and Jacqueline Kennedy in Embassy. Prime Minister Nehru talks with Jacqueline Kennedy in a garden. She buys a silk sari. A girl welcomes her with garland in Benares. A man answers her questions during visit to an art gallery. She meets Indira Gandhi. Jacqueline Kennedy meets Indian artists. Jacqueline Kennedy addresses the people present. Jacqueline Kennedy garlands an elephant's neck as a ritual.
World War II film about the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theater of Operations. A soldier is seen filling out a form seeking information about him and inviting him to write in questions about anything he hadn't learned through normal information channels. Scene shifts to Information and Education Department of the Burma-India Command, where it is being processed by a soldier. Lieutenant General Dan I. Sultan, commander of Burma-India Theater, is seen next, seated at a desk, with wall map of the region behind him. He is appearing in an information film intended to inform troops under his command. He notes that more than half the troops who filled out the information form, asked why American troops were stationed in India and Burma. He refers to the recent recall of General Stillwell and the splitting of CBI into two theaters (China and India/Burma). He states that the purpose is a path toward Japan. An animated map shows China (that narrator notes has been fighting Japan since 1937). Animation shows Japan walling off China from the outside world, by seizing her ports, and then concentrating its grip on the Eastern part of the country. Without access by sea, the allies had only one option to assist China in the fight against Japan. That was to open the Burma Road. Film shifts to scenes of Japanese bombing of Shanghai and Chinese civilians abandoning the city. Wounded and injured Chinese fighting fires while tending casualties in an open area. Glimpse of Chinese soldiers near one of their few large artillery pieces. A gun crew manning one of her few antiaircraft guns. Chinese jam road in trek to the unoccupied provinces of the country. Chinese carrying casualties on stretchers, making do without ambulances. Chinese coping in the face of all kinds of shortages. In contrast, well supplied Japanese troops are shown in formation. Japanese troops, military vehicles and equipment are seen. Japanese firing machine guns and heavy artillery against Chinese positions. Japanese armor and long lines of troops engaged against the Chinese, who continue to resist in spite of shortages and hardship. Chinese soldiers without shoes, marching in a column.