OSS Morale Operations led by American in Burma for psychological warfare to demoralize the Japanese troops.
Burma Date:1944 Duration:17 min 0 sec Sound:Yes
OSS (Office of Strategic Services) film on Project Gold Dust gives details of the psychological warfare techniques used by OSS Morale Operations (MO) Unit and Kachin guerrillas in Burma during World War II to demoralize Japanese troops obstructing linkage to Burma and the Ledo Road. Kachin guerrillas including North Burmese killer tribesmen prepare for an operation. They are recruited, trained and led by an American officer. MO Detachment 101 troops. Burmese load shells, guns and artillery. 1st Field team of MO OSS personnel joins Detachment 101. An aircraft lands. The guerrillas board the aircraft and are transported all over Burma. Development of MO. A message from an American officer commanding a company of Kachin comes for Major Boldt. The message is dispatched to the Major and a distribution officer delivers it to the chief. A Production and Intelligence officer works. They discuss strategy about MO material best suited to reach the Japanese. The MO intelligence officer contacts Detachment 101 research and analysis branch. They discuss the accuracy and details of the operation. They go to interrogate a Japanese 18th Division soldier held prisoner. MO and the distribution officer discuss the strategy. Radio Major Haan consults Kachin. A detailed report is prepared and given to a pilot for dispatch. The message is given to Major Boldt. The MO staff at work. A lieutenant interrogates Japanese prisoners and gains their cooperation. The MO discusses Project Gold Dust. A forged surrender order to be given to Japanese. Production of the leaflets of forged order. Press prints the leaflets in the mobile production van. The leaflets are cut, dispatched and packaged. Burmese plant the forged order in a town. A lieutenant reads a report on the spread rumor. He talks to an Anglo Burmese woman. The rumor is spread in the town. Burma Jungle 101 patrol distributes the leaflets. A carrier pigeon for Major Boldt is sent. An aircraft arrives to pick up the prisoners who have surrendered.
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