U.S. 475th Infantry in Tali, Burma during the Burma Campaign of World War II. U.S. soldiers in a jungle. They cook flapjacks on trench spades. A soldier eats using a spoon.
A film shows Tali town which is located near the Burma Highway Administration Building in Hsiakawan, China. A street and an entrance gate to Tali. A Chinese man works in a shop. Framed marble carvings displayed in the shop. A palace in Tali.
A film illustrates the importance of the Burma Road during World War II. Animated map highlights Kunming, Hsiakawan and Tali in China. Hsiakawan in Yunnan is depicted on the map as a vital link. U.S. Army trucks parked outside a building in Hsiakawan. U.S. and Chinese personnel work around a truck mounted crane. Chinese workers lined up outside the Burma Highway Administration Building in Hsiakawan. Chinese workers repair the trucks. A bulldozer in operation. The trucks move along the Burma Road.
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.
Describes personnel resources in China. Japanese capture Burma. Chinese troops are flown by air transport command planes from Kunming to India and are trained in India. U.S. airplanes in an airfield. Troops and supplies are loaded in Kunming. Planes of the 14th Air force bomb Japanese positions in Burma from May 1942 to 1944. 1944.
Montage of scenes illustrating Office of Strategic Services (OSS) airlift activities in Burma during World War II. C-47 with number 26 on its tail seen on landing roll at an airfield. A C-47 (serial number: 41-19476) with number 33 on its tail. Men in khaki are loading supplies in the aircraft and several wearing parachutes board the aircraft. View of a C-47 with number 42 on its tail taking off from well established airport. A man with parachute stands in open cargo door of the aircraft during takeoff. (This segment of film is reversed.) A C-47, tail number 31 is seen cruising in flight. View from inside an airplane cruising over fog filled valleys and then later over jagged mountains. View of C-47 number 31 from cabin of another C-47. View of passengers inside C-47 cabin. A fighter escort of Two USAAF P-51s passes close to the C-47. Inside a C-47, crew members prepare supplies and then airdrop them behind enemy lines. View from below of supplies being dropped from a C-47. Views of airdrops from inside and outside C-47 aircraft. Commandos including indigenous personnel,parachute from C-47s. Views from camera strapped to leg of one paratrooper. View from ground of a parachutist descending. (Note: C-47 serial number: 41-19476 was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group in Burma, during world War 2, and was lost on on a mission, January 18, 1944, piloted by Ferde A. Larsen, of the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron.)