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Reel Number: 221074-06
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1943,1944,1940s
Country: Burma,England,India,Japan,Myanmar,United Kingdom,USA
TC Begins: 05:40:07
TC Ends: 05:47:33
WWII - 1940s, Southeast Asia: Burma, Airfield Construction & Fighting High Angle HA Nylon tow ropes laid out ready to attach to gliders parked behind on airstrip. Montage: Supplies & construction equipment loaded. 05:40:30 Colonel Philip Cochran briefs pilots & crews. SOF MCU of Cochran speaking (staged); shots of actual briefing seen to be out of synch. MS pan of listening crew members. Soldiers w/ rifles march to waiting transport planes. 05:41:25 Small reconnaissance plane returns, lands. Cochran & General Wingate w/ others look at aerial photos showing landing field blocked; alternative airstrip ‘Broadway’ proposed & engineer crews into transports & gliders. 05:41:54 Transports take off towing twin gliders - INT glider. 05:42:19 Sunrise over landing strip; MS pan of gliders badly damaged. Montage: wounded troops treated; patrols in jungle; dead buried, Burmese priest gives last rites. 05:43:20 Field cleared of obstructions & leveled w/ bulldozers; men digging by hand. Pan large airfield w/ transports parked. RAF & US pilots of Troop Carrier Command talk w/ Brigadier Gen. William D. Olde. Map of Burma showing location of landing strip Broadway. RAF Spitfires & USA P-51 fighters land at Broadway airstrip. 05:44:10 Japanese Zeros fly over & attack Broadway airstrip - planes & fuel burning. Men fighting Japs at end of field. 05:45:06 Chindit leader Wingate into plane after visit to Broadway plane crashed on return journey killing him. Aerial over Broadway airfield showing large area of jungle cleared. 05:45:28 Map animation showing change in Japanese strategy - move towards Chindwin River & attack on Imphal, India. Montage: world newspaper headlines ‘Japs Cross Burmese Border’ etc. Shots of Japanese officers & civilians doing Banzai in celebration; premature news of invasion of India. 05:46:05 Allied reinforcements onto transport planes including mules. 05:46:33 Animated map of Japanese advance on Imphal & Kohima. AV smoke over hills at Kohima; British & Indian garrison dug into jungle position - fierce fighting & gunfire; supply planes drop food, ammunition & medical aid. WW2; China - Burma - India Campaign; Engineering; Ledo Road; Construction; CBI; Battles; NOTE: Sell at per reel rate. Narration by Ronald Reagan.
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