General Chennault receives gifts from the people of Yunnan Province, China. Chinese flag waves. A Chinese man addresses during function. A cow presented to General Chennault to show their appreciation. Silver trophy with U.S. Eagle presented to General.
A film titled 'Coming Kunming' based on the problem of getting supplies to China and the activities of U.S. Troop Carrier Command during World War II. Japanese troops march into a Chinese town during Sino-Japanese war. They advance during an invasion. A map highlights the Burma Road linking Burma with China and Kunming, Yunnan and Lashio as its terminals. A Chinese woman works on the road. Trucks move along the road. The Ledo Road as an alternative to the Burma Road which had been cut by the Japanese Army. U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator bombers in flight over the Himalayan Mountains. Inadequate dock facilities in Calcutta, India. A map details transportation problem. Native labor is used for the construction of a U.S. air base in India. Building of rail road lines. Chinese laborers work in China. Cargo ships underway at sea.
U.S. military trucks, part of a convoy of 113 vehicles, led by Brigadier General Lewis Andrew Pick, are seen traversing the Ledo Road (aka the Stilwell Road) approaching their final destination of Kunming, China, on February 4, 1945, during World War 2. (They departed Ledo, India, on January 12, 1945, traveling a distance of 1,079 miles.) (Narrator gives distance as 1,044 miles.) View from an overflying airplane shows the long column of trucks on the road below. View from the ground, of the convoy reaching the city gates, where it halts as General Pick and his staff proceed through the gates to a speaker's platform set up in a covered pavilion displaying American and Chinese flags, and pictures of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. General Pick and staff are introduced by Chinese General J.L. Wong who, speaking in English, celebrates this first convoy over the Ledo Road, and points to a banner containing four Chinese characters that spell out "The Road to Victory." General Pick takes the podium, shakes hands with General Wong, and accepts the banner from him. Camera shows the area completely filled with Chinese troops, witnessing the ceremony, including many sitting atop a nearby roof. General Pick speaks briefly, accepting the banner on behalf of the convoy members. He then leaves accompanied by the Governor of Yunnan Province, China. Officers cut a ceremonial ribbon across the road at the West Gate of the city, and the convoy is led into the city by two Chinese soldiers on motorcycles. Chinese spectators line the way and celebrate with firecrackers and cheers, as General Pick passes, standing in a jeep, displaying the Amercan flag and with the Chinese "Road to Victory" banner in its back seat. views of the convoy trucks proceeding through the city. Closeup of one, with a painting of the road, and snow capped mountains, and "First Convoy over the Ledo Road" and "Pick's Pike Life Line from India to China" painted on its canvas cover. A sign over one of the shops along the road reads in Chinese and English, "Welcome First Stilwell Highway Convoy." Views of troops waving from the trucks and Chinese citizen spectators crowding the sides of the road to watch.
A film shows the Burma China road as vital link between China and Burma during World War II. The Chairman of Foreign Trade Commission K.P. Chen with other Chinese officials walk out of a building. The Chairman's car moves along the Burma Road. He inspects tung oil storage dump. Oil drums in the area. The Chairman and other Chinese officials walk over drums. Chinese workers load the oil drums on a truck. Trucks loaded with the drums leave the dump.
Activities in Mengshih, China near the Burma Road during World War II. Animated map shows the Burma Road and highlights Mengshih, Paoshan and the Huitang Bridge. Chinese men work for malaria control in Mengshih. The head of Anti-Malaria Institute of the Chinese Government Dr. Y.C. Yao looks through a microscope in his office. A sign reads 'Malaria Laboratory Rockefeller Foundation Chefang, Yunnan, China' at laboratory facility founded by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1939 with efforts from U.S. Secretary Henry Morgenthau. A Chinese doctor examines and treats a Chinese boy affected with malaria. Blood samples of children are taken from earlobe and put on slides, and then examined under a microscope in the laboratory. Chinese boys (the "health boys") fill pesticide spray cans and then spray pesticides in a narrow stream. Another worker spreads pesticide in powder form to control mosquitoes. A Chinese official instructs the boys working for malaria control. Chinese men inspect the area near bushes and inspect ladles filled with water samples. Chinese official Mr. Chen meets Mrs. Sweet, the wife of a Rockefeller Institute physician.
A film shows the Burma Road near Paoshan in Yunnan, China during World War II. Chinese workers at work on the Burma Road. Katchin men and women carry logs with loads on both the ends of the logs. Katchin women pose. A supply truck moves along the Burma Road.