EUCMH-013 – Photos – Signal Corps Photos – The Ledo Road


Above (CBI-44-16049) February 13 1944. American troops of the 5307th Composite Unit, Merrill’s Marauders (Galahad), and Chinese troops march side by side down the Ledo Road, Burma. (001-NARA-EUCMH-NHD)

(CBI-44-21051) March 21 1944. Chinese American trained Engineers, build a bridge across a river in Burma. Timbers are hew out of trees in the jungle. In this view both ends of the bridge are shown. (002-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-21047) March 23 1944. An ambulance rolls slowly over a bridge built hastily by Chinese Engineers to expedite movement of supplies in Burma. On the right is the beginning of a new and more permanent bridge. Bridges like these are being built throughout the country to bring supplies to the far-away battle lines. (003-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22158) May 5 1944. General view of men working on a 2000 bbl storage tank. This bolted steel tank is made from two standard army 1000 bbl tanks. The 706th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Company is building this tank near Shingbwiyang in North Burma. (004-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22156) May 6 1944. Three 1000 bbl steel bolted storage tanks at the tank farm operated by the 706th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Company at Shingbwiyang. These tanks have natural concealment from air observation. The jungle growth is so thick. (005-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22153) May 8 1944. 10-ton Diamond ‘T’ trucks loaded with 4 inch pipe to be used in the construction of the pipe line from Digboi, Assam, to forward POL depots in Burma. The pipeline, when completed, will carry fuel fro tanks, tractors, vehicles and airplanes. (006-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22570) May 29 1944. On the Ledo Road this large washout, 50 x 50 ft, is being repaired by US Army Engineers. This picture shows Indian labor crews working feverishly to restore the road, while American Engineers prepare to build a bridge across this gap in the road. (007-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22933) June 19 1944. Chinese and American troops cross an improvised bridge constructed of lashed empty gasoline cans and planking across the Mogaun River. These troops are on their way to Kamaing, Burma. (008-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22890) Engineers looking at rock slide. This slide known as the Tincha Slide is the largest on the Ledo Road. (009-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22863) June 25 1944. Washout of a bridge after the Monsoon has subsisted on a portion of the Ledo Road between Shingbwiyang and Tingkawk Sakan. (010-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22867) June 25 1944. This is a long shot of a ponton bridge built in two and a half hours on the Namyung River at Namyung, Burma. (011-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-22860) June 26 1944. Ferry, constructed of light aluminum pontons clamped together, transporting caterpillar tractors across the Namyung River at Namyung, Burma. The ‘Cats’ will be used in the construction of a new section of the Ledo Road, by passing a wide section of the river where a bridge has been washed out by the flood waters of the Monsoon season. (012-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23036) July 5 1944. When heavy rains washed out the Ledo Road, damage was mainly in large holes along the road, Lt Geo Tucker, Kansas City, Mo., shows the depth of one hole. Lt Tucker is with Able Company, of the Aviation Engineers, who are doing the repair work. (013-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-30747) July 7 1944. A member of a signal construction outfit repairs a line from the back of an elephant. Elephants are being used at Assam, India, in the swamp-lands. (014-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23079) July 15 1944. A section of the Ledo Road showing how logs were used to keep a culvert in place. Dirt and rocks were washed away by the monsoon rains. (015-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23084) July 16 1944. A section of the Ledo Road. Engineer troops are kept busy maintaining the road. The Monsoon rains wash out fills causing slides. Notice the size of the fills compared to the size of the men. (016-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23089) July 18 1944. One of the curves in the Ledo Road and the rugged terrain in which it was built. This was the job that couldn’t be done. Men worker on it day and night for months even through the Monsoon. It is now well into Burma. Soon it will be the supply route to China. (017-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23139) August 1 1944. View of the bridge crossing the Tawang River in Tawang, on the Ledo Road, showing reconstruction by the 330th Engineers. Cable in upper right corner is part of the ponton ferry being used in the meantime. (018-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-23140) August 1 1944. Aerial view of the Ledo Road causeway, which when finished, will be about 10.000 feet long and will lay about 6 feet above the old road bed. (019-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-44-30987) August 10 1944. Caterpillar, wooden cleats attached, carries wire across swamp as the 432d Signal Construction Battalion strings communications wires in Kanchrapare, India. (020-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CBI-45-21197) January 23 1945. Brig Gen Lewis A. Pick and his aide, Capt Geo C West, lead 1st China Convoy across the Nam Tabet River, 22 miles south of Myitkyina. (021-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CT-45-21327) January 23 1945. View of the First Convoy to China, crossing a ponton bridge over the Man Mu An River at Myothit, Burma. (022-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CT-45-21420) January 23 1945. The first convoy from India to China crosses a small bridge on its way from Bhamo to Nanhkam, Burma. (023-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CT-45-21217) January 25 1945. First convoy over the Ledo-Burma Road. N°5. Lt Gen Dan Sultan and Marshal Wei Li Huang inspect troops of the Y force and the Chinese 38th Infantry Division, at Muse, Burma, during a ceremony celebrating the meeting of the two forces. (024-NARA-EUCMH-HD)

(CT-45-21312) January 26 1945. Air view of the first convoy from India to China as it rounds the curves in the mountain ranger between Bhamo and Nankham. (025-NARA-EUCMH-HD)


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