Chungking, new capital of China, is bombed by Japanese forces during Second Sino-Japanese war
Chungking China Date:1937 Duration:4 min 42 sec Sound:Yes
China establishing a new nation in its western regions after fleeing Japanese invasion of the east during the 2nd Sino-Japanese war. Animated map depicts areas of Japanese occupation and highlights reborn old cities including Lanchow, Chengtu, and Kumming. It highlights Chungking as the new Capital City of Free China. Chiang Kai-Shek is seen leading a group of Chinese leaders as they walk through an arched gate in Chungking. A busy street with shops and apartment houses, in commercial district. It is filled with pedestrians, cart traffic along the curbs, and automobiles in the road center. Boatmen on the Yangtze River are seen below long steep steps leading up to the streets above. Views of houses clustered along the cliffs, and workmen digging bomb shelters into the cliffs. View from inside a shelter being hollowed out of the rock. Back in the Japanese occupied area, a car brings a Japanese Air Force leader who addresses a large group of fliers at an airbase. Next, Japanese air crews are seen running to their airplanes from their camp on the airfield and taking off in their Mitsubishi G3M bombers, to attack Chungking. Nakajima Ki-27 airplanes take off from the field and join in large formations overhead. A formation of Chinese World War 1 era are seen inflight, ostensibly to engage incoming Japanese bombers. Japanese crew member in a bomber sees the Chinese fighters and gunners in the bombers get ready to fire on them. The Chinese fighter planes dive at the bombers, but are intercepted by Nakajima Ki-27 airplanes flying cover. Dog fights ensue with Chinese planes being shot down, and the bombers continuing on their way. Air raid sirens sound in Chungking and people run to their shelters, including many school children. Views of bomber crews at their stations and then of bombs falling with the Yangtze river below. Bombs striking along the riverfront and inland, along the cliffs. View of machinery operating and Chinese workers occupied in underground factories in Chungking. Fires burning throughout the city,from the bombing, and Chinese fire fighters working to extinguish them.
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