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Stilwell Road; Chinese Flee Jap Terror; Nazi-held St. Nazaire, Evac 1945/2/12





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Published on Sep 17, 2006

1) "Ledo Road ('Pick's Pike') Opens - After many had failed on the Ledo Road project, the task was assigned to Brig. Gen. L. A. Pike, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. He constructed the 478 mile road, through mountain junbles, across swamps, spanning 400 streams or rivers and solving every conceivable kind of engineering problem. "The first convoy, made up of 100 trucks, loaded with supplies for China, sets out, with Gen. Pike fittingly at its heads. "At Myitkyina junction is made with the Burma Road. The successful operation of the Ledo Road means that all of Burma will be rendered useless to the Japs." scenes of Pigs Point on the Burma Road opened, 1st convoy goes into Myitkyina
2) Chinese Flee Jap Terror - "Chinese civilians, hundreds of thousands of them, plod along choked roads, retreating from the modernly-equipped armies of the Japs. Absolutely expressionless, they gulp their food, snatch a few winks of sleep, then rsume their slow, sad journey toward Tushan and Kweichow." scenes of refugees clog the roads
3) Dewey Wants Active Peace Role For U.S. - "Washington, DC: At the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Gov. Dewey makes the speech of the evening, in which he lauds America's productive capacity, and states that peace must be the aim of everyone."
4) St. Nazaire Civilians Evacuated - "After Yank-Nazi parleys under truce, French civilians are evacuated daily by French Red Cross train, from Nazi-held St. Nazaire."
5) Honorable Discharge - "Dogs of the famous K-9 Corps go through an intensive 'toughening up process' to fit them for military duty. When honorably discharged, they loaf for two months on a Dude Ranch, getting 'domisticated' for a return to civilian life." scenes of dogs watch newsreel of Hitler on motion picture screen, trained to bark right into 'Der Führer's Face' but now come home;
6) Notre Dame Cagers Beat N.Y.U. college basketball. (complete newsreel)


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