Japanese soldiers in Rangoon, Burma. Japanese troops use dynamite to make a road through the mountain. Soldiers carrying gear on their backs advance uphill. Horses carry ammunition and supplies. Japanese troops advance in the city patrolling on street. Burmese men, women and children in the city. A banner with Burmese slogan. Native women seated in a local tricycle.
A documentary titled 'Fall of Rangoon'. Soldiers of British Indian 50th Parachute Division board aircrafts for airborne attacks on Rangoon,Burma. Soldiers of 26th Indian Regiment reach the banks of river Rangoon in boats as large number of Burmese welcome them. Soldiers march into the city without encountering enemy. Allied forces capture the city.
Animated map shows Indian Ocean,with Bay of Bengal; Ceylon; India and cities of Madras and Calcutta; and Burma and city of Rangoon. Two Japanese aircraft carriers are seen in waters off Rangoon, during World War 2. Officers aboard looking through binoculars. Antiaircraft guns on one of the carriers. A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M (zero/Zeke) airplane is readied and takes off from the carrier, followed by another. Several are seen flying in formation over the city of Rangoon. Sounds of explosions and smoke rising, as the Japanese bomb the city. Black smoke from exploding flak is also seen. Scene shifts to a Japanese warship firing 5.5 inch guns at a British ship which is hit by shellfire. The ship explodes emitting dense white smoke, and sinks from sight. Three A6M Zeros fly overhead. Aerial view of a British ship being bombed, and burning.
Rangoon, Burma, under Japanese occupation during World War 2. Japanese propaganda film states, in Japanese, that Volunteer Corps is building a 'New 'Burma,' and that Volunteer corps training illustrates how people can enjoy and manage their freedom from the British. Burmese gather at open market in front of a hotel in Rangoon. Words "On Look Hotel" appear along with Japanese lettering on the hotel front. Several Japanese soldiers mingle amongst the crowd at an open market. All manner of foods and goods being sold. Women display fabrics. Crowd gathered in grandstand of stadium to watch Volunteer Corps training and parade. Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda), Buddhist temple seen in background. Japanese officer stands on steps and salutes as Volunteer Corps pass in review. Their most notable weapon is a machine gun mounted in a wagon.
Japanese troops walking along the "Road to Mandalay" in World War 2. A road sign shows 104 miles North to Mandalay and 326 miles South to Rangoon.Cattle in a field. Road clogged with Japanese troops, some leading or riding horses. Several soldiers on bicycles.Trucks line the side of road. An official proclamation posted in Japanese and Burmese.Roadside lined with Burmese people, some carrying parasols. They offer water to passing troops and for their animals. Japanese troops drinking from their newly filled canteens. Japanese soldiers interrogate a wounded British soldier sitting on the ground. Japanese infantry files past a line of Japanese tanks. They pass another road sign pointing 82 miles to Mandalay, 348 miles to Rangoon, and 6 miles to Hanza. Japanese troops struggle to move a truck over a by-pass around a bridge destroyed by the British. Japanese officers surveying the situation. A photographer takes pictures of Japanese tanks coming over a steep hill. Japanese gun crew secures a field artillery piece in place, with rope and stakes. They then load and fire it. Rounds exploding in the distance.Tanks and other military vehicles are parked clear of the artillery, as if waiting to proceed, after the bombardment. Truck pulling a large artillery piece and infantry pulling small artillery pieces, advance alongside parked tanks. Some of the infantrymen carry Japanese flags. Japanese tanks rolling into outskirts of Mandalay, near railroad yard, past trashed military equipment.
A film titled 'Under Heaven all is one Family' illustrates the importance of the Burma Road during World War II. A globe spins. Animated map of China depicts the distance of Singapore from the U.S. and highlights Rangoon. The map further highlights Burma, China, Indo-China and Thailand. The Burma Road is presented as a vital link between Lashio, Burma, and Kunming, China during World War II.