United States 900th Airborne Engineers construct an airstrip in Tamu, Burma. A man operates a bulldozer at the construction site of an airstrip. A small tractor and a grader used as a P-51 plane lands at the airstrip.
A United States P-51A Mustang fighter plane of the 1st Air Commandos, flown by Lieutenant Colonel Grant Mahony, lands at an airstrip in Tamu, Burma. Colonel Phil Cochrane and Lieutenant Colonel Arvid Olson inspect the airstrip constructed by United States 900th Airborne Engineers. P-51 Mustang takes off.
United States 900th Airborne Engineers operate bulldozers at the construction site of an airstrip in Tamu, Burma. Men set up explosive charges to blow tree stumps. Explosion occurs, causing massive smoke.
Indian men dig up earth at the construction site of an airstrip in Tamu, Burma as an Indian engineer supervises them. Men move away from the site. A bulldozer clears up the earth. Tractor pulls a grader as a jeep comes at the site. A tractor and bulldozer push carryall across the airstrip. A British soldier with a Bren gun in a foxhole as he guards the airstrip construction.
United States 900th Airborne Engineers move away from the construction site of an airstrip in Tamu, Burma. They march into the jungle and served food. British and Australian soldiers eat food.
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.