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.
Japanese officials meeting in strategy session. Japanese infantry on mission to cut Chinese supply lines during 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Black smoke rises as they move along a river bank. Chinese prisoner-workers are forced to rebuild railroads destroyed by the Chinese people during their great Westward trek. Japanese soldier closely guards workers. A Japanese army armored train underway on the rebuilt railroad, as Japanese soldiers cheer. Animated map shows China's supply lines by sea, to Tsingtao, Hangchow, and Amoy, cut off by Japanese naval blockade. Japanese Navy launch with officers and crew moving near commercial ships as they take over Chinese river ports. War materiel and other supplies destined for China, including trucks, sit idle, unable to be transported to their destinations. Large oil tanks and drums of gasoline are shown, as well as gun barrels and a flightline filled with parked Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft. The Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Asakaze (DD-3) and another, next to it, in a Chinese river port. A Japanese freighter with anchored weighed, secured by long lines to a wharf. Small boats flying Japanese Naval ensigns are next to it. View of map showing china, Burma, Indo-China, and Chungking, with Japanese blockading fleet stationed in the South China Sea. It traces path of narrow gauge rail line from Indo-china to Kumming,China, where it connected to an overland road to Chungking. Next it traced the old Camel Caravan route, across China, from Russia. Narrator notes these were to small to be useful and too close to Japanese-occupied territory. Next, the map traces a railroad that from the port of Rangoon to Lashio, Burma. It is separated from the road to Chungking, by mountains and gorges. Views of the actual mountainous terrain. Animal pack trains moving through the area. Construction engineers in a large drafting room designing a road to transit the area. View of modern road-building caterpillar tractor equipment of the type needed to accomplish this. View of Chinese laborers using manpower instead. They push large rollers and employ pickaxes and other hand-held tools to carve away and dig road beds. Masses of Chinese laborers at work, carving a road along the edge of a mountain. Two-men teams using manual tampers to pound down the roadbed. Children are employed along with adults. A woman with a baby on her back, pounding large rocks into gravel, surrounded by other children doing the same. View from above of the "Burma Road," the product of their labors, winding its way through the mountains and gorges. Many scenes of trucks moving along portions of the Burma Road. P-40 airplanes flying past white cumulus clouds, overhead. Animated map shows continued expansion of Japanese occupied areas to encompass two thirds of the rail lines in China with goal of controlling the remainder, starting at Chengchow, in Summer, 1938. View of Chengchow region, on banks of the Yellow River. Map illustrates flow pattern of the Yellow River. View from past of the Yellow River's Spring floods toward the Sea, with Chinese people throwing rocks onto dikes that keep the river flowing in a more Northerly direction than its former course. Illustration shows how with Japanese encrouching on Chengchow, the Chinese decided to destroy those dikes and allow the river to flood over its former more Southerly course. Japanese soldiers being inundated by the flooding river. Japanese infantry and tanks regrouping on their occupied side of the new (old) path of the Yellow River. Local Chinese residents of Chengchow, wade with belongings as they leave their flooded homes.