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Film Communique: Thirteenth Issue: Back Door to Japan
Date
1944
Main contributor
Army Pictorial Serivce Signal Corps
Summary
Addressed to "the men and women of American Industry," the Film Communique series reports on military accomplishments to an audience of domestic workers producing materials for war. This issue consists of the single short film Back Door To Japan. 
Progress in the campaign of General Joseph Stilwell to establish a second front against Japan from the Chinese mainland is shown. Work on the construction of supply routes known as the Ledo and Stillwell roads connecting India and Burma (Myanmar) to China is shown. Combat footage of exploits of General Frank Merrill's special forces unit known as "Merrill's Marauders." The battle to take a Japanese-held airfield at Myitkyina, Burma is shown in detailed combat footage, followed by a report on the monsoons that temporarily prevented use of the captured airfield by the Allies. Provides a summary of the Allied strategy in the Pacific theater, showing the Naval front in the islands of the Philippines and the secondary front in China.
Location
Myitkyina, Burma [Myanmar]
Collection
IUL Moving Image Archive
Unit
IUL Moving Image Archive
Language
English
Physical Description
1 film reel (14 min.) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm