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.
U.S. Navy carrier planes hit oil fields in the China Sea. A storm in the China Sea. U.S. Navy 3rd fleet carriers on a ship. A diagram shows an arrow on the South China Sea. The fleet moves forward towards Japanese bases. U.S. airplanes bomb Japanese targets. Carrier planes return back to the ship. A plane crash lands on the ship. The pilot of ship is hurt and stuck in the cockpit. The crew runs toward the plane and gets him down. A diagram shows an arrow from the South China sea to Indo China, Saigon. A tanker is torpedoed by U.S. planes. Bombing on Saigon. An oil reserve on fire.
Monitor Flame Boats underway in the South China Sea. Flooded well deck of USS Catamount (LSD-17). Monitor Flame Boats enter the well deck. Bow view of the Monitors entering USS Catamount's well deck. Two Monitors in the well deck. Two crewman in a catwalk in the foreground working with lines. USS Whetstone (LSD-27) behind USS Catamount. The tail gate on USS Catamount is closing. One Monitor Flame Boat at sea fires a long stream of flame. A Monitor fires a long spout of flame. Smoke and fire on water. The Monitor in the background fires a stream of flame.
Monitor Flame Boats underway in the South China Sea. An M10-8 flame gun is fired from a Monitor Flame Boat. Flames on the water. The Monitor Flame Boats are firing flame throwers. Smoke and flame on the water. The M10-8 flame thrower on a deck. An open hatch in the foreground. Flames around the barrel of the flame thrower. A crewman stands with carbon dioxide bottle. Flames around the barrel of the flame thrower which is malfunctioning. It throws long flames out over the water.
Operations of U.S. Navy A-7A Corsair 2 aircraft aboard USS Ranger underway in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. Two A-7As aircraft parked on the carrier. Ordnance personnel wheeling bombs on bomb carts to the aircraft for loading aboard. Ordnance personnel load the bombs in the aircraft. A plane captain is in the cockpit of an A-7A aircraft. U.S. Navy F-4J Phantom parked at the carrier. Two UH-2B helicopters parked in the far background on the port side. U.S. Navy A-4E Skyhawk parked in the lower foreground. U.S. Navy E-2A Hawkeye parked in the left foreground. An air officer looks through the window down over the flight deck while talking on a phone.
Operations of U.S. Navy A-7A Corsair 2 aboard USS Ranger underway in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. A small group of personnel watches the recovery of an aircraft. An A-7A aircraft comes to a halt on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier. The aircraft taxis on the flight deck. A tractor in the right foreground. An A-7A aircraft making a recovery, rolls to a stop. A wire is released from a tail hook. The aircraft taxis out. Ready bomb stowage area behind the island, a large amount of bombs secured to the bomb carts. Personnel working in the far background. Ordnance personnel working around the bomb fuse carts. An ordnance man holds a bomb fuse in his hand. Ready bomb stowage area behind the island. Ordnance personnel working in the background. Bombs and bomb fuses in the foreground. An ordnance man works with a hand full of safety wires attaching them to a fuse cart. The ordnance man wheels a fuse cart down the deck area. Personnel standing between the aircraft. The ordnance man wheels the cart down the deck toward the A-7A, stops at the A-7A. An ordnance man attaches two fuses to two separate bombs. A fuse being screwed on the nose of a bomb by the ordnance man. The ordnance man attaches the safety wire. A clip being put on the safety wire of the bomb. An ordnance man works with the safety wire on the bomb attached to the A-7A. United States Navy F-4J Phantom II and U.S. Navy A-6A Intruder in the background on the flight deck.