Joint Office of Sino-American Police Headquarters in Tsingtao, China. A Marine shares his experience of overseas duty with his wife in Hawaii. U.S. Air Force C-47 Skytrain aircraft coming from Guam lands in Tsingtao, China. Aircraft parked on flight line. Chinese soldier looks on. Sign reads 'Home of VMR (Marine Transport Squadron) 153'. Native couple in a horse drawn carriage. Sign reads 'Pacific Road'. Jeep comes to a halt at roadside. U.S. Marine Corps MP (Military Police) gets off the jeep and enters Joint Office of Sino-American Police Headquarters. Chinese Army MP, Marine interpreter and U.S. Marine talk.
United States Marine Corps in Tsingtao, China. Man oaring a boat under a bridge. Traffic passes on bridge. U.S. Marine personnel install telephone lines over a bridge. Exteriors of Chase Bank. U.S. Marine enters the compound. Interiors of a building with U.S. Marine and a room boy, Chinese men work in a laundry. Marines travel on pedicabs. Native types at a machine in a press. A bundle of North China Marine newspapers.
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.
Tsingtao (Qingdao) Shantung Province, China. Camera pans over a hilltop with foliage and several buildings, near the U.S. Navy Air Base at Tsingtao (Qingdao) Shantung Province, China. It focuses on several sailors standing near a completely destroyed Navy R5D (Douglas DC-4) aircraft. The outer wings are missing and its four engines have been removed. While panning the wreckage, the camera picks up part of a tail number reading:" 80395." To the right, another aircraft fuselage is seen. Strips of aluminum are missing from it. It also appears to be a Navy R5D. A view of the cockpit shows the two control yokes missing from their pedestals. (Apparently salvageable parts have been removed from these crashed aircraft by Navy personnel.)
Scene is football field, set up in the in field of the city racecourse at Tsingtao (Qingdao) China, in 1946. The unusual thing is there are no goal posts. U.S. Marine and Navy spectators stand around the field, and some occupy a small viewing stand. Various multistory buildings are seen in the far background, as the camera pans about,following the play on the field. Players wear football uniforms, and leather helmets. One team (probably Marines) wears Khaki jerseys and the other (probably Navy) wears white. As the film begins, one Khaki team player is being helped as he walks off the field, while others attend to a player lying on the ground. Play resumes with a play in the Khaki end zone, followed by a Khaki kickoff to white, who return the ball. Camera stops there and switches to another Khaki kickoff. White seems unable to overcome Khaki defense on the ground and resorts to a long pass that is intercepted by Khaki. The rest of the film shows glimpses of plays on the field. A White team player is seen on the ground attended by sailors. Play resumes again, with Navy punting. As the game ends, players of both teams walk off the field and are greeted by Marine and Navy spectators respectively. Camera shows view of the much larger racecourse area that encompassed the playing field. U.S. military trucks begin driving over the field. Scene shifts to view from a grandstand at far end of the racecourse, near buildings in downtown Tsingtao. Marines and sailors are leaving the field. Camera pans over the large racecourse infield where marines and sailors are cleaning up the playing field. Change of scene shows U.S. Army Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer, Navy Admiral Charles M. Cooke, and a Rear Admiral, sitting with Madame Chiang Kai-shek. She is examining an American football, as the Rear Admiral explains it to her. Scene shifts to more shots of the football game including several fumbles. It ends with Khaki team huddle.
Following the Japanese surrender, ending World War 2, on September 2, 1945, U.S. Marines were sent into China to help the Nationalist Chinese Government with the surrender of Japanese forces occupying parts of China. This film shows Marines of the 6th Marine Division marching into Tsingtao (aka Qingdao) China on that mission. Headed by a brass band, they march along an avenue in the city. A number of Chinese civilians walk alongside them. A man riding an empty rickshaw, is seen on the sidewalk. A U.S. military policemen stands guard along the line of march. Some Chinese enter the roadway to follow the band, walking, riding bicycles, and several on a horse-drawn wagon. They have to move aside to avoid interfering with the first contingent of marching Marines following the band. Next a squad of Marines is seen marching onto a dirt field. Many Marines are assembled in another field across the road in the background, where a U.S. M4 Sherman tank and other armor are also seen. The squad is followed by a larger group of Marines. Shift in scene shows Marines marching past a building displaying the Nationalist Chinese (Republic of China) flag.