Balikpapan Invasion, Borneo (1945)
AVs 13th Air Force & 7th Fleet bombardment of Japanese coastal defence positions, oilfields, airfields at Balikpapan, south east coast of Borneo, area rich in oil. Various shots of coastline seen from aircraft, partly concealed by smoke clouds; battleships fire big guns GOOD (General MacArthur on board one of the ships); landing craft of Australian 7th Division approach shoreline; wrecked shoreline with trees & greenery destroyed; infantry moves inland supported by Matilda tanks of 1st Australian Armoured Regiment; fighting among ruined village.
00:38:04 Soldier w/ flamethrower sets fire to young Japanese soldier who runs out of piillbox, burns.
General MacArthur & officers watch operation; troops secure a ridge dominating Balikpapan City; oil facilities damaged in pre-invasion bombing; a destroyed cracking refinery of Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company.
Allied war atrocities; WWII Pacific; Horrors; Death;