• Short Summary

    Allied forces crossing the Chindwin river in their advance towards Mandalay.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "THE ROAD TO MANDALAY".

    "Exclusive commentary by Maj: FRANK OWEN Publisher of SEAC The 14th. Army's Newspaper".


    Various shots of the planes flying over Burmese jungle. Bombs bursting amongst trees in the jungle.

    Long shot of river Chindwin - troops in foreground. Several shots of the troops carrying supplies across the river. Troops with arms crossing river.

    Dakota planes (C47) flying overhead. Supplies on parachutes leaving planes and dropping to ground. Supplies dropping to ground without parachutes - free drop. Men unpacking supplies. Chin tribesmen carrying supplies.

    Various shots of pagodas and temples of Kalewa. Long shot of British troops placing 5th Indian Division flag on roof of temple.

    Long shot of the edge of river Chindwin. Motor transport and mules with men starting to build pontoon bridge in the background. Several shots of Indian troops building pontoon bailey bridge. Several shots of completed bridge (largest floating bailey bridge). Close up shot of notice - Grub Bridge. Guns towed by trucks and tractors crossing bridge. Native men carrying supplies. Infantry with tanks advancing -11th East African Division, men from Kenya and Uganda. Several shots of 3.7 ack-ack guns firing. Japanese plane crashing in jungle. Troops marching through jungle getting closer to road to Mandalay.

    (Mute & Tracks Negs.)

    Amendment November 2011: According to a visitor to the site, the troops firing 3.7 ack-ack guns are from the 101st H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:38:00 / 01:15:11:00

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