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VOL. 3. NO. 1  -  FEBRUARY 9, 1945                  FOR U.S. ARMED FORCES                  PRECENSORED FOR MAILING

As Thousands Cheered
The first convoy from India to China passing through Kunming where thousands of deliriously happy, enthusiastic spectators cheered the historic procession. (U.S. Army Signal Corps photo).
TRIUMPHANT FIRST CONVOY TO KUNMING GREETED BY THOUSANDS
By HAROLD ISAACS
Newsweek Magazine War Correspondent

    KUNMING, CHINA - Firecrackers roared like a hundred machine guns down Kunming's jammed streets where hundreds of thousands turned out to greet the arrival of the first overland convoy into China. With Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Pick, Ledo Road Builder, in the lead jeep, the cavalcade of 113 vehicles decked in flags and bunting moved slowly between packed lanes. Children, students, soldiers and the massed common people of Kunming, their faces alight with contagious enthusiastic joy over a spectacle that symbolized with a kind of legitimate exaggeration the end of China's isolation.
  They came from the lanes and backways, from surrounding hamlets. They filled the city's cobbled streets. They packed roofs and second story windows. They cheered, waved, laughed. The men of the convoy, deafened by the roar of firecrackers and overcome by the warmth of the welcome were soon shouting themselves hoarse returning the greetings - mostly the universal "ting hao."
  You don't often see great mass gatherings in China. You seldom have a chance to see ranged in a great cluster the whole of the lined, brown, crinkly, smiling, ever-enduring faces of lao pai hsing - the common people - of China, the bright-eyed, vivid gleaming faces of its entrancing children. One ancient woman bearing on her back a towering load of hay with a welcoming flag stuck in its top stooped over by the roadside and peered up at the passing parade, a dim smile shining faintly out of eyes almost closed by wrinkles of great age. She was China.
  Amid all the atmosphere of celebration and congratulation a single sharp note of reminder was struck by Maj. Gen. Cheves, SOS Chief in China, in a brief speech at the welcoming ceremony where he accepted the convoy from Gen. Pick. Cheves spoke right to the point. "The road is the result of many years work and combat. Our Chinese friends have borne the brunt of the combat. There was a reason for building this road and the reason was to bring China military supplies to defeat the Japanese. We should not lose sight of that and we should let nothing interfere with this original purpose. It is primarily a military road and let us keep faith with those who fought and worked to complete it so that it can bring in additional supplies required for the ultimate victory." He turned to Gov. Lung of Yunnan Province and added, "Gov. Lung we need your help to keep convoys coming in during the war and we hope during times of peace this road may serve China in its peacetime aims." With that he formally turned the convoy over to Gov. Lung as representative of the Chinese government.
  G.I. drivers who brought the convoy through intact without a single serious mishap turned the wheels over to Chinese drivers for the entry into Kunming.
  These vehicles are the first of many hundreds now waiting at India depots for delivery to China, constituting the principal item coming in over the newly reopened road for the whole next period until this years monsoon tests the notion that the new route is actually an all-weather road. The road has long rough stretches and there is still an immense amount of work needed to maintain it for regular traffic. The China-side section of the Burma Road between Wanting and the Salween is largely blacktopped and except for bridges bombed out with stunning accuracy by 14th Air Force it has shown relatively little wear and tear from the length of Jap occupation.
  From the border at Wanting to Hwei Tung Bridge at the Salween, the road curls and winds for a distance of 200 kilometers. It took only a matter of hours to ascend and descend the ridges separating Chefang, Mangshih and Lungling valleys and finally make the steep 5000 foot drop to the river at kilometer mark 759 (measured from Kunming westward). This was the country from river to border that took more than eight months sanguinary fighting to clear so that this convoy and convoys to follow might have free passage. Every kilometer of the road we traveled cost approximately 200 Chinese dead or wounded to win.
  Every commanding summit on the bare ridges, every town lying in the flat fertile green valleys showed scars, gunpits, now empty, staggered winding trenches now silent, wrecked houses and makeshift shacks. On our way we passed many columns of troops now done with this campaign, columns that always look more like straggling lines of laden refugees than like soldiers fresh from victory.
  Most eloquent of battlefields was now quiet, but for whispering ghosts in the memories of men who were there was pocked slopes and summit of Sungshan, massive mountain commanding the approach to the Salween from the west. Here you might pause to remember seeing Chinese Infantrymen storming Jap gunpits with rifles and bayonets and dying by the scores or the young blond American machine gun man who sat exhausted at his post on the summit of neighboring Yingtengshan, shuddering with nausea at the sights before his eyes all that morning. There above you sharp in the brilliant sunshine was the cratered top which the Chinese blew up by burrowing into the mountainside and touching off dynamite under the topmost Jap positions.
  It had taken three months to break the fanatical defense of Sungshan. We drove down the steeply graded winding road through that pattern of brown earth and red rock and green river in a few hours.
  On one slope Chinese had built a cemetery walling it with gasoline drums filled with earth, each planted with a sprig of green and with simple upright sticks to mark the closely packed graves. Here you might remember the quiet brown faces of the ragged company that passed thru the forward trench on their way to storm a shelf known as "Little Sungshan," going thru walking on bare feet, their rifles carelessly even nonchalantly slung. You might wonder how many lay beneath these sticks or how many found their return to earth on far slopes there in the rubble and scrub trees and bushes, how many were part of the dust now ground under wheels of the first convoy into China.
  The convoy snaked down the mountain and rumbled across the planking of the Hwei Tung bridge and resumed climbing on the east bank on and up over the mountains in close ranks.

'Good Wishes' - Wedemeyer

    In a letter addressed to the Editors of the new China Theater newspaper, Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, commanding general, China Theater, pledged his wholehearted support and extended congratulations to the new project.
  "The introduction of a Theater Newspaper fills a need recognized by all Americans throughout China," Gen. Wedemeyer said. The complete message read:
  "The introduction of a Theater Newspaper fills a need recognized by all Americans throughout China. We are keenly interested in news of our military personnel in China and also highlights from the homeland and the world at large.
  The degree of success enjoyed by our Theater Newspaper rests with us. We must assist the editorial staff in obtaining the most current, readable and factual data of newsworthy events in the theater. We do not want a partisan paper, in fact, all of us welcome objectivity in presentation of the news.
  Particularly are we interested in conditions in our Homeland. We want to know what outstanding Americans are accomplishing to insure that our efforts to win the war are not to be stultified by losing the peace. We look forward to current news items and human interest stories liberally sprinkled with good humor, and an occasional serious thought.
  Congratulations to the staff of the Theater Newspaper. Our sincere good wishes for outstanding success. We pledge wholehearted support."

  Across the intervening flat valleys of bright green, across flashing streams that rush over rocky bottom, down deep ravines to meet each other, thru hundreds of miles of some of the world's most magnificent mountain country. Almost every town enroute had its ceremonial arch. Walls and houses were plastered with signs, many of them in English such as "Welcome American Allies. Your coming speeds our final victory," or "hail coming of munitions over the road to China - cooperation for victory." One particularly enthusiastic placard read "welcome honorable correspondents." At the principal towns enroute there were receptions, speeches and members of the convoy personnel had ample opportunity to sample many varieties of Chinese wine and Jingboa Juice. American units along the way turned out to watch the convoy vehicles roll by. Invariably the question was "Got any beer aboard?" But for many Americans too the convoy symbolized the climax of many months of a difficult ordeal for liaison teams, engineer outfits, supply, and airdropping teams.
  "We began sweating this one out a long time ago," said a G.I. on the road. "Do you suppose they will loosen up on our rotation now and let us go home?"
  The long battle to open the road was over but the battle to make the road effective was just starting, and in its way it will be no less bitter.




Wedemeyer Presents Four Medals
At Kunming Ceremony


    KUNMING, CHINA - In a colorful retreat ceremony in the Headquarters compound of Services of Supply against a background of a battalion of Supply troops and Himalayan foothills, Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, commanding general of China Theater, decorated a general, a captain, and two G.I.'s here recently.
  The China Theater commander pinned on Maj. Gen. Gilbert X. Cheves, commanding general of Services of Supply, the Distinguished Service Medal, awarded for his outstanding record made in the development of the port of Calcutta last year.
  Capt. Robert L. Barmes, TC, of Sandy Springs, Md., was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for his services as Transportation Officer at Kweiyang during the evacuation of Kweilin and Liuchow last summer.
  Corp. Forest J. Headley, Clinton, Ala., and Private Jeff B. Fulton, Phoenix, Ariz., were decorated with Air Medals for their participation in hazardous air-dropping missions over the Hump and in mountainous territory in China to aid the Burma Road Engineers driving through a shortcut land route across the Hump connecting the Ledo and Burma roads.
  They dropped food, tools, and bedding to Chinese workmen and American G.I.'s toiling to construct a road that had been labeled "impossible" but designed to speed supplies from India to China.
  The citations were read by Lt. Col. A. J. Gricius, Chief of Staff of SOS.
  Col. Ralph Ownby, area commander, commanded the battalion of SOS Troops representing various units in the area and for the first time making a display of G.I. strength in the Kunming area.
  General Wedemeyer said China had "taken it on the chin" for some time but that the outstanding achievements of the Fourteenth Air Force, Air Transport Command, and Air Service Command and 100 percent cooperation from Chinese ground forces are changing the picture today.
  The citation for the award of the DSM to General Cheves follows:
  "For exceptionally meritorious service to the government, in a duty of great responsibility as commanding general Base Section No. 2, Services of Supply, United States Army Forces in China, Burma and India, from June to November 1944.
  "Combining extraordinary leadership with a marked capacity for cooperation with the Government of India and Allied interests in solving the many problems involved in joint operations, General Cheves, constantly improving the efficiency of operations in his command, raised the port of Calcutta to first rank among all overseas areas in the discharge of cargo and he contributed materially to the prosecution of the war in the China, Burma and India Theater."
  General Cheves was awarded the Legion of Merit for his part in handling the administrative details of the Cairo Conference when President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek met in November, 1943. He also has received the Order of the White Eagle, Third Degree, from Yugoslavia for his cooperation with Yugoslavs in the Middle East.
  Among the guests of honor were Maj. gen. C. L. Chennault, commanding general, and Brig. Gen. Edgar E. Glenn, chief of staff, 14th Air Force; Mr. Francis M. Taylor and Mrs. Alma B. Kerr, American Red Cross; Mr. R. E. McCann, FEA; Mr. James Stewart, OWI; Mr. William Russell Langdon, American Consul General; Col. Norman McNeill, Rear Echelon; Col. A. H. Stackpole, C.C.C.; Col. John W. Middleton, C.T.C.; Lt. Col. Alexsei A. Leonidoff, Station Hospital; Commander Samuel S. Savage, USN; Col. Francis M. Coates, ATC; Mr. Gordon Tweedy, CNAC.



JAPS MOVE INTO KANCHOW BASE

    KUNMING, CHINA - Fourteenth Air Force disclosed Tuesday that the Japanese offensive from the Canton area has forced abandonment of another American Fighter Base at Kanchow, 50 miles southeast of Suichwan. Two others have already been given up at Suichwan, and at Anamyung. Troop carrier planes evacuated most of the personnel and equipment and fighter pilots flew their own planes away.



BLACK-BONED PIG SETS OFF $100,000 FESTIVAL

    CHUNGKING - The slaughtering of a hog with black bones was the cause of much celebration in Chungking butcher shops, recently.
  A black-boned pig is a rarity, so much so, Chinese butchers say, that one is found once in about a hundred years. When such a hog is found, it is considered a good omen for the country, and so the discovery was greeted with shouts of jubilation and the setting off of $100,000 worth of firecrackers around butcher shops.
  Incidentally, the discovery took place on the day the China-India road was cleared of Japanese. The butchers see ahead also final victory for China in her long war of resistance against the Japanese.
  A black-boned pig, according to a Chinese saying, is the king of pigs. The bones are said to turn black as a result of the pig's eating "ling chih tsao," a grass that is supposed to give long life, not to the pig but to the eater of the pig's flesh. The bones too are used; they are dried and pounded into powder and served as medicine to the aged and sick.



ATC Wings 44,000 Tons Over Hump In January For Record

    Winging some 44,000 tons of war materials over the "Rock Pile" into China last month, the India-China Division of the Air Transport Command chalked up a new all-time record over one of the most hazardous routes in the entire command, it was announced this week by Brig. Gen. William H. Tunner, commanding general of the India-China Division.
  The January tonnage was more than twice the tonnage for July 1944, 18,975 tons; and more than three times that of January 1944, 13,383 tons. The greatest single daily record established last November was broken several times during January, finally totaling one and a half times the tonnage moved in the entire first month of operations, December, 1942.
  In a single week in January the India-China Division delivered 12,000 tons of cargo over the Hump. This was almost as much tonnage as delivered in December 1943 for which month's operation the Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
  More significant, however, is the fact that the tonnage carried that week was greater than that transported in any one of the first 12 months of operation and greater than the total tonnage of the entire six months.
  Long haul deliveries, non-stop from airports close to Indian seaports, was a revolutionary advancement which contributed greatly to the new record. Other contributing factors include more routes over the Hump; more navigational aids; improved loading, unloading and servicing techniques which result in a minimum grounding of aircraft at turn points; new production line maintenance and the use of modern cargo loading facilities.


First Published Pictures Of Historic China Convoy
Upper Left: The first convoy from India to China crosses a Bailey Bridge south of Bhamo, Burma, on its way to China. Upper Right: The convoy passing over Hweitung Bridge across the Salween River. Center Left: Irrawaddy River crossing via a pontoon bridge, south of Myitkyina in North Burma. Center Right: Passing the 18-mile mark before Lungling. Lower Left: Lead truck of the convoy crossing the Burma-China border - Wanting, China. Lower Right: Triumphant drive through the streets of Kunming. (U.S. Army Signal Corps photos.)



Major Achievement Wrought By Burma Road Engineers

    KUNMING, CHINA - Opening of the Stilwell Highway, made possible through the new Ledo Road from Upper Assam in India to a connection with the Yunnan-Burma Highway in northern Burma brings to light also a new shortcut to connect the two famous roads - the Tengchung Cutoff.
  The Cutoff which is now open for one-way, emergency truck traffic may play an important part in the future military supply system for Free China, in the belief of high-ranking American officers.
  A report has been received from Col. Robert F. Seedlock, Lakewood, Ohio, commanding officer of the Burma Road Engineers, showing how 10,000 Chinese laborers and a handful of Burma Road Engineers - American G.I.'s manning a few pieces of equipment, battered through the shortcut on the China-India land route in 80 days.
  The Chinese laborers, supervised by the Yunnan-Burma Highway Engineering Administration, and aided by Burma Road Engineers, did the amazing feat of building 90 miles of roadway through the rugged Himalayas in 60 days.
  The construction records for the Tengchung Cutoff disclose that first survey parties of Chinese engineers were in the field between Myitkyina and Tengchung last autumn when Japs still held cities at either end of the route.
  The Tengchung Cutoff is a route which follows some ancient trails through the mountains from Myitkyina eastward to Tengchung then connects at present with the old Burma Road via Lungling, but eventually may cut almost due east from Tengchung to Paoshan.
  During October, 1944, bypass was built around Lungling when that city was still held by the Japs. This enabled machinery and workers to get into the Tengchung area.
  By the end of that month the road had been improved to the Shweli River.
  The record of achievement of the Chinese workers and the Burma Road Engineers reads like this:
  1 November - Work started at Myitkyina in Burma to push the road eastward to China border.
  9 November - Shweli River bridge completed.
  10 November - Trucks could negotiate the road from Lungling northeastward to Tengchung and jeeps could make Kaotien.
  30 November - More than 3,000 Chinese workers reported for duty between Tengchung and Kuyung and the road was able to carry jeeps 19 miles northwest of Tengchung. Meanwhile workers had pushed 37 miles eastward from Myitkyina to a point near Htiyi.
  28 December - First jeep was able to push across the China-Burma border.
  31 December - Road eastward from Myitkyina was jeepable for 49 miles to point near Wuga. Six thousand Chinese laborers were on this job.
  20 January - Col. Robert F. Seedlock, commanding Burma Road Engineers, reported that road was ready for one-way truck traffic.
  22 January - Test trucks arrived at Kunming after traversing the road from Myitkyina.
  "That date will mark a high point in China's 8-year struggle," said Col. Seedlock.
  "Before the Japanese had been driven out of Tengchung, Chinese and American engineers had worked behind the enemy's lines surveying the new route. Once the enemy had been driven below the planned cutoff, Chinese coolies thronged the site and began construction. Their entire equipment consisted of hand hoes and bamboo baskets. As fast as they made an impression in the dirt, the Burma Road Engineers, a unit of approximately 40 men and sixteen pieces of equipment, followed up their work. Mountains were graded, huge rocks were blasted away.
  "Their fortitude and perseverance is evidenced in the job done. Ninety miles of new road was built through the mountains and jungles in 60 days."
  Col. Seedlock, who spoke for the Burma Road Engineers, emphasized the fact that this Tengchung Cutoff is a "military road."



Win!  Hundred Dollar War Bond For Theater Paper Name

    The China Command Post is offering a $100.00 War Bond for a new name and any member of the United States Forces in the China Theater is eligible to submit the winning nomenclature for the new China publication.
  The Command Post is published for G.I.'s and it is only fitting that the name for the paper should come from its soldier readers, and before another month rolls around some G.I. with an idea is going to be richer to the tune of a $100.00 War Bond.
  The rules are simple. Each contestant may submit as many names as he is ingenious enough to conjure up. Each suggested name for the paper must be written on a separate sheet of paper with the sender's name, organization and address. All entries should be mailed to the China Command Post, Hqrs., SOS, Kunming. The contest closes February 25 and all entries postmarked up till midnight that date will be considered.
  The paper will bear the new and winning name on the issue of March 2, 1945.
  Here's an easy opportunity to swell the old bank account with one hundred good, solid American greenbacks in the form of a War Bond. So, get out those pencils, writing tablets and put on the proverbial thinking cap and start the entries rolling in.
  You may be the lucky winner.



New Theater Shoulder Patch Designer Will Win $100 Bond

    A contest to select an official Theater Shoulder Patch was announced this week in Chungking by Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, Commanding General of the recently created China Theater.
  The competition will be open to all U.S. military personnel now serving in China, and entries must be postmarked not later than March 1, it was announced. The prize for the patch selected will be a $100 War Bond.
  Entries should be sent to the Public Relations Officer, Headquarters, United States Forces, China Theater, APO 879, where a board appointed by the Commanding General will make the final decision, and choose the most suitable entry.
  Complete and accurate explanations should accompany all entries, it was pointed out. Colors, symbols, and heraldic references, if any, should be clearly shown. There is no limit on the number of entries any man may make. Entries will not be returned after the contest closes.
  Individuals submitting entries should be sure to give their full name, grade, serial number, unit and APO number.
  As a caution it was stated that neither a dragon nor the color of yellow will be used - however gold is permissible.



Thomsen Awarded Legion Of Merit

    HQ., 14TH AF, CHINA - Winning honors is nothing new to Lt. Col. Fred C. Thomsen, Special Service Officer on the staff of Gen. C. L. Chennault, commanding the Fourteenth Air Force, but the one he prizes most is the Legion of Merit recently awarded him here.
  Col. Thomsen has for years been accustomed to peacetime awards in the field of athletics. As head coach
Lt. Col. Thomsen
of the University of Arkansas football team from 1929 through 1942 he has twice won the Southwestern Conference championship and on numerous other occasions his teams were serious contenders. Himself a four letterman from the University of Nebraska, where he starred in football, baseball, track and wrestling, he was athletic coach at Gothenburg, Neb., before taking up his assignment in Arkansas.
  Col. Thomsen received the Legion of Merit from Brig. Gen. Edwin E. Glenn, chief of staff of the Fourteenth Air Force. He was cited for meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services from 20 October 1942 to 18 January 1945 as Special Services officer, first for a Fighter Group and then for the Fourteenth Air Force.
  When Col. Thomsen first came to China in the autumn of 1942, entertainment, recreation and sports were in a primitive state. Due to his leadership, tact and strong personality, combined with long hours of work, he has organized a highly successful Special Services program that has done much to maintain high morale in the Fourteenth Air Force.
  Through his efforts a motion picture circuit was established that reached outlying bases. Sports and recreational facilities have been greatly expanded, as have libraries, soldier talent and touring shows.
  Born in Minden, Neb., where his father, Claus Thomsen, retired rancher, resides, Col. Thomsen now makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife Mrs. Sunbeam Thomsen, children Marnelle, 15, and Burton, 12, are there.
  In World War I Col. Thomsen served 18 months overseas with the Infantry and Ambulance Corps. He was also a member of the Army of Occupation in Germany.
  Entering the Service again in August 1942, as a Captain, Col. Thomsen was promoted to Major in June 1943, and to his present rank in April 1944.




GI Hand Grenades Used To Fight Fire

    HQ., 14TH AF, CHINA - Army engineers serving with the Chinese troops in China know how to put such highly explosive substances as dynamite, TNT and hand grenades to use to save property as well as to destroy enemy positions. This was demonstrated a few nights ago when fire was sweeping through a Chinese village on the Salween Front and the villagers appealed to the U.S. Engineers quartered near the town, to help them save the town and the U.S. Army supply storage buildings nearby.
  Capt. Peter S. Hopkins of Boston, Mass., who gained some fame by showing the Chinese how to blow up the top of one of the Sungshan mountain peaks last summer by detonating 6,000 pounds of TNT in tunnels driven under the enemy positions, was one of the volunteer fire brigade. Accompanied by Lt. E. J. Casey, Jr., Los Angeles, Cal.; Sgt. P. A. Smith, Princeton, W. Va.; Sgt. James W. Scorr, Philadelphia, Pa. and Sgt. John J. Sefcik, Keansburg, N.J., he rushed to the scene of the fire.
  The engineers quickly surveyed the situation, planted charges of dynamite at strategic spots and attacked the adobe buildings with hand grenades. It sounded like a full-fledged battle as the dynamite charges and grenades exploded and brought down the buildings surrounding the center of the fire. The demolition work held the fire in check and saved the major part of the town and the U.S. Army warehouse.
  The villagers overwhelmed the Army fire brigade with a flood of "Ting Hai!" as the smoke cleared away.




Linda's Got A Point There
Providing a couple of pointers on the war effort, Linda Darnell assures that "everything will come out all right." Linda is currently providing the heart in something called "Summer Storm."
SWEEPING REFORMS TO BUILD
CHINA'S MILITARY EFFICIENCY


    CHUNGKING - Sweeping reforms to clear unnecessary personnel out of China's Ministry of War and to improve the treatment of Chinese troops will become effective this month, according to a reliable Chinese Ministry source.
  The Ministry has ordered the elimination of all superfluous organizations, and department heads have been told to weed out all who are not contributing towards the war effort. It is estimated that the number of personnel who will be removed will be as high as 1,500,000. It is the aim of the reformers to improve the working and efficiency of the Ministry to save money, and to increase the pay and rations of the combat troops.
  China's "Lao Ping" ("Private" of "G.I.") now gets 50 yuan (Chinese dollars) a month and a bowl of rice twice a day. Under the reforms he will get 300 yuan a month and meat, vegetables, oil, sugar and rice. Pay increases to officers and men range from 25 to 500 percent.
  The Lao Ping's basic 50 yuan a month in China's inflated currency is roughly the equivalent of 10 cents in purchasing power.
  These measures are in line with the Government's current streamlining program after President Chiang Kai-shek's appointment of a new Cabinet last November.
  The youthful General Chen Cheng then stepped into General Hoying Chin's shoes as War Minister. General Chen Cheng was a commander of a Chinese force on the Salween.



FLYING U.S. TANKER FOR ROCK PILE CROSSING

    NEW YORK - Twenty-four bombers converted into flying tankers are ferrying high octane gasoline across the "Hump" to China for China-based Fortresses.
  Gun turrets and bombing equipment are removed and the weight given up to fuel tanks in the fuselage, nose, wings and bomb bays, enabling each aircraft to carry several thousand gallons.
  Built-in pumps discharge the fuel at a rate of 2,000 gallons an hour.



CEF Learns The American Method

American military advisors and instructors of the Y-Forces have spared no efforts to instruct the members of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces in American combat methods, weapons and supply techniques. Above Left: Chinese soldiers learn how to use the bayonet on the offensive and how to protect oneself on the defensive. Above Center: Members of the Chinese Infantry class crawl through barbed wire as dynamite explodes on the infiltration course at the Infantry Training Center in Southwest China, often referred to as "Little Fort Benning." Above right: Sgt. Steve Torre (left) and Sgt. Fred W. Harringbon demonstrate the proper method of loading a mule to carry supplies of ammunition to a training class at the school. Below left: Lt. Gen. Chung Bing, Commanding General of a Chinese company, firing a .50 caliber water-cooled machine gun under the instruction of American personnel. Below center: S/Sgt. Jena Corslip, Weston, W.Va., points out to a group of Chinese interpreters the fine points of a 37mm anti-tank gun. Below right: Capt. Hiu Yu Kun, commanding officer of a demonstration company, presents a banner to Capt. Herman Friedburg, Malden, Mass., instructor associated with the Y-Forces, on the completion of the training cycles.



Thirteen Decorated In Kunming

    KUNMING - Four officers and nine enlisted men were decorated at a retreat ceremony in the headquarters compound here last week by Maj. Gen. G. X. Cheves, Commanding General, SOS, China Theater.
  Lt. Col. A. J. Gricius, Boston, Mass., received the Legion of Merit for his services as executive officer of Base Section No. 2 last year.
  The Soldier's Medal was awarded to Lt. Wayne P. Slagle, Charleston, W. Va., for distinguished heroism at Liuchow, China, when he jumped, fully clothed, into the Liu River and saved an enlisted man from drowning.
  Distinguished Flying Crosses for air-dropping missions over mountainous terrain and enemy occupied territory were awarded to Lt. O. L. Nida, Placerville, Calif.; Sgt. Orando A. Campisis, Waltham, Mass.; Corp. Forest J. Headley, Canton, Ala.; Pvt. Carroll E. Seiple, York, Penn.; Pvt. Russel N. Leedon, Maysville, Ky.; Pfc. Lawrence J. Kenny, New York, N.Y.; M/Sgt. Thomas J. O'Hara, Sinking Springs, Penn.; Pvt. Loren H. Bolin, Roswell, New Mexico; Corp. William F. Gilshinah, Pasadena, Calif., and Pvt. N. B. Yawn, Alvarado, Texas. These men are with the Burma Road Engineers.
  In his remarks to the assembly General Cheves pointed out that every opportunity would be taken to decorate officers and enlisted men who deserve decorating. He said there was a considerable number of men in the China Theater who had served their country heroically and that their deeds had not gone unnoticed and would be rewarded in the future.



Air-Droppers Vital Factor In Salween Campaign

A necessary preliminary to any air-dropping mission is the preparation of the parachutes for the mission. In the photos above Left: Sgt. Ernest Barnes, Baltimore, Md., (left) and Pvt. David S. Soloway, Baltimore, Md., prepare to stretch the shroud lines to speed the drying of the chutes. Center: Pvt. Frank A. Spenko, Cleveland, Ohio, supervises the Chinese workmen sewing parachutes which have suffered damage in landing on small rugged targets in the mountains where the Chinese were operating. Right: Pictured here is a long view of the drying racks for the chutes. On warm windy days, ideal for drying, these racks sometimes accommodate 3,000 chutes.

Left: Sgt. Frederick S. Sherman, Shelton, Conn., (center foreground) instructs Chinese workers on how to fill and tie the rice sacks that are about to be dropped to the Chinese troops at the Salween Front lines. Center: Shows men of the 14th Air Force dropping rice on target near the Salween River. The kicker on the floor is Corp. Albert A. Bancroft, Chesterton, Ind., in the background is Corp. Milton Chapman, Horse Cave, Ky. In the foreground ready to dump the 100 lb. bags are Pvt. Robert Minnins, Weirton, W.Va., and T/Sgt. Clifford E. Spiegelbert, Oahkash, Wisconsin. Right: Dropping right on the target, parachutes land on the right side of a mountain in the Kali Range of the sub-Himalayas.


    Y-FORCE OPERATIONS STAFF, CHINA THEATER - Air supply has been a vital factor in the Salween Campaign - the first sustained Chinese offensive in seven long years of war against the Japanese invaders.
  Fought in the 12,000-foot Kaoli Kung mountain range, a spur of the Himalayas, in the initial phase of the offensive, which was launched in may 1944, the troops fighting in this battle above the clouds were accessible only by a few narrow, steep trails, which the monsoon rains quickly turned to a glassy slickness or a mire of knee-deep, clinging mud.
  Obviously, to supply a force large enough to drive the Japs from their well-fortified mountain bastions, it would be necessary to resort to the air. The idea was not novel - troops in Burma had recently been supplied by air - but there were many new difficulties and problems in the China Theater.
  Most of the area over which the campaign was to be waged was entirely unmapped. What maps were available were so poor that many towns were as far wrong as 10 degrees - 70 miles at the equator.
  The Kaoli Kung is rugged almost beyond belief, and the problem of locating exact dropping targets was a difficult one, for there were few places where the planes could get low enough to drop and still avoid hitting the surrounding peaks.
  Some of the mountain peaks are never entirely free of clouds and the pilot had to find a gap - and hope. And, the last straw, the monsoon rains were about to begin. Nevertheless, the campaign - the battle to reopen the land supply line of the Burma Road - was about to begin, and only air supply could solve the problem.
  At the end of April, only the planning stage had been reached, but shortly after the Chinese Expeditionary Force and their American advisors and assistants of Y-Force crossed the turbulent, muddy Salween in May, the Air Dropping Detachment was ready.
  All of the necessities of war have been dropped to the troops at one time or another. Bullets and rice, the two essentials, have been dropped in huge quantities. Beans for the horses which furnish the only animal transportation in these trackless wastes have also been delivered by air.
  Hydrogen cylinders for flame-throwers, gasoline in 55-gallon drums, half-pound blocks of TNT for demolition purposes, radios and salt are among items supplied by air.
  In one sector of the Y-Force area, election ballots were dropped to Americans a month's pack trip from the nearest post office.
  Rice, beans and salt are free-dropped, wrapped in several burlap bags so that even though contact with the ground might break one or two wrappings, it is unlikely that all will be broken. By experiment, the Y-Force Air Dropping Detachment has proven that a 35-pound sack of rice stands the shock of impact best. Seventy-five pounds of salt are dropped with each 5,000 pounds of rice.
  Three sizes of parachutes are used, the 18-foot, Indian cotton variety being used for the majority of dropping. Small six-foot pigeon chutes are used for dropping small items.
  Equipment for American personnel of the Y-Force is dropped in 'chutes which have been daubed with blue Chinese dye, and the equipment so dropped is marked for the American in both English and Chinese letters.

  Most of the ground work - the packing of the 'chutes, the packing of supplies, repair of 'chutes and so on - is done by men previously inexperienced in this work. Many of them were Y-Force medical men, brought to the Air Dropping Detachment because of the necessity for speed.
  The kickers, however, are experienced, having done considerable kicking over Burma before being flown across the Himalayan "Hump" to join Y-Force at the beginning of the Salween Campaign.
  These men, who usually ride three to a plane, arrange themselves around the open door of the transport, one on each side and the third on his back with his feet toward the door, and at a signal from the pilot kick the supplies out to the waiting Chinese and Americans below.
  Orders from the front arrive during the middle of the night and the requested supplies are loaded on trucks and taken to the airfield. As early as possible the next day, the ships of the Troop Carrier Command, with the Y-Force kickers, take off and fly to the designated dropping target, where the supplies are delivered.
  According to Major Robert N. Wolfe, Robbinsdale, Minn., the commanding officer, the efficiency of the Y-Force Air Dropping Detachment is due to the fine cooperation between the ground men and the pilots of the Troop Carrier Squadron which operates with them.
  Curiously, although the kickers are all enlisted men in the ground forces, principally the Quartermaster Corps., nine of them have earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 21 the Air Medal.



Gets Silver Star For Pilot Rescue

    AN ADVANCED CHINA AIR BASE - Corp. John Popovich, Nasury, Ohio, recently has been awarded the Silver Star for "gallantry and courage displayed in the line of duty." Corp. Popovich is now stationed with the "Golden Tigers," a fighter squadron of the Fourteenth Air Force's West China Raiders.
  During an enemy bombing, Corp. Popovich was on duty as an ambulance driver on the flight line. The "red" alert was sounded and the planes were scrambled. On the take-off two P-51s collided and immediately burst into flames. By this time the Jap planes were over the field - coming in dropping their "frag" bombs. One of the Mustang pilots lay where he had fallen from his burning plane.
  The corporal, disregarding his own safety, rushed to the injured pilot and attempted to quiet him - even as bombs were exploding less than 200 yards from them. He got the pilot into the ambulance and drove through smoke and over the bomb-torn airfield to the dispensary.
  Corp. Popovich has been overseas for 18 months and in China for five months. He entered the Army in April of 1942. Before coming into the service he was employed by national Malleable and Steel Casting Corp. of Sharon, Pa.




The Wolf                                     by Sansone
Flying Tigers Set New Record

    HEADQUARTERS, FOURTEENTH AIR FORCE - With 231 enemy airplanes destroyed, 30 probably destroyed and 110 damaged up till the end of the New Year's third week, the Fourteenth Air Force was running ahead of the new record it set up in the last month of the old year when it destroyed 241 enemy aircraft, probably destroyed 55 and damaged 194.
  Thousands of tons of enemy shipping sunk and damaged had been superimposed upon the accumulative total to 843,289 tons of enemy shipping sunk, 338,900 probably sunk and 565,750 tons damaged which the Fourteenth had run up by January 1.
  Randall's Raiders reported more than 100 locomotives destroyed in the first three weeks in January and railroad bridges and rolling stock under constant hammering.
  The Fourteenth's ever mounting air superiority tends to discount the theory that the loss of air bases at Hengyang, Linglin, Paoching, Kweilin, Liuchow and Nanning during the summer and autumn thrust of the Japanese had checked the striking power of the Fourteenth.
  Overall picture of Fourteenth operations in the first three weeks of January was one to give satisfaction to Gen. Chennault and statistical proof that again the boss of the Flying Tigers had outguessed the Japs, turned their strategy against them and had beaten them at their own game.
  With a dislocated time table staring them in the face and the joint forces of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur hammering them in the Philippines, it was apparent that the Japanese high command had failed in its objective of neutralizing the Flying Tigers ahead of the pacific push and that the summer and autumn campaigns on the mainland had merely furnished the Fourteenth with bigger targets. Up to the end of the third week in January the Japanese had been unable to capitalize, for offensive or defensive air operations any one of the Fourteenth's eastern bases lost during the summer and autumn.




GIs Transform Pig Into Turkey (Canned) Dinner

    AN ADVANCED FOURTEENTH USAAF BASE, CHINA - The affectionate sow Rosie-Bell, long a pet and mascot of Wing headquarters personnel at this base, was recently transformed into a "turkey" dinner with trimmings. The amazing change-over was a result of both sentiment and conniving.
  Rosie-Bell had reached her prime months ago, but S/Sgt. Jeffrey C. Burke, Montgomery, Ala., and Corp. Cottrell, Hooks, Texas, of Col. J. C. Kennedy's Composite Wing, who had fed and cared for the lady-like porcine, couldn't quite harden their hearts to the point of butchery. Rosie-Bell's gentle manner and feminine habits had won the affection of local G.I.'s, and she in turn had become quite fond of her keepers especially Sgt. Burke, a handsome L-5 pilot who wore a pigskin jacket. Often she would follow him to the mess hall or shower room, and at the door accepted his kicks and rebuffs with dignified resignation.
  At last it became apparent that in spite of her soulful eyes, somebody was going to have to give her the works. It was a tough proposition. Burke and Cottrell dreaded the execution, but a pork barbeque dinner had been promised the entire detachment and something had to be done.
  Finally a project was suggested that would both spare their feelings and feed the hungry outfit. Negotiation were made with the mess hall. In exchange for the hapless sow, the two soldiers received enough Chinese national dollars to purchase a large quantity of Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers. Shaking and squealing, Rosie-Bell was bound by the feet and hauled away by murderous kitchen boys. The Wing G.I.'s feasted on canned turkey and Stateside cheese, beans and fruit. There were no evident twinges of conscience, though one comment about "eating like a pig" was vigorously protested by all present.




'MOUSE TRAP' PLAY SMASHES JAP GUNS

    14th AF BASE IN CHINA - When the Japs were finally driven from Wanting, the last enemy stronghold on the Ledo-Burma road, they left a trap for the Chinese ground forces - but got caught in it themselves.
  The Japs hid cleverly camouflaged artillery in the surrounding hills, trained it on the town, and then waited. Everything happened according to their expectations. Chinese soldiers entered the town and cleaned out the remaining pockets, then proceeded with the flag raising ceremonies that are traditional with their army upon capture of a city. When the soldiers massed in formation in the central square and the Kuomintang flag began to ascend the pole, it was a pretty sight. The Japs took that minute to cut loose with their artillery.
  No sooner had that occurred than another trap was sprung, this one by some American planes of Col. J. C. Kennedy's Composite Wing of the Fourteenth Air Force. These China-based fighters of General Chennault's "Flying Tigers" were hovering in the area, and the minute the Jap guns rumbled, a radio flash was sent through to the planes pointing out the gun positions. The strafing planes out every gun out of action and wiped out the crews.
  Flag raising ceremonies preceded as scheduled.



'Muscle-Mangler' Handles Stars, Bars And Aching GIs

    HQ., 14TH AF, CHINA - When Corp. Francis H. Taylor says, "Wait till I get my hands on that guy," he isn't mad at anyone - he's just putting his heart into his work.
  Corp. Taylor claims to be the only professional masseur in all China and certainly he is the only one yet unearthed in "Randall's Riders," the Fourteenth Air Force Fighter Wing in West China to which he belongs. His further claim of being closer to Brig. Gen. Russel E. Randell, commander of the Raiders, than even the highest staff officer also is indisputable since "Doc" is the General's orderly, chiropractor and masseur.
  With a widespread reputation for stretching words as well as muscles Doc Taylor is both the envy and bewilderment of his fellow Raiders. His blasť discourses about his granery back in Arizona "where I made my first fortune," and his experiences among Hollywood's film lovelies brought him nothing but jibes - until the Jinx Falkenburg-Pat O'Brien troupe came to this Asiatic outpost. Doc promptly hit the G.I. limelight by turning his skilled hands to the job of easing the travel-kinked muscles of Jinx, Betty Yeaton, and Ruth Carroll. The jibes abruptly turned to groans of envy.
  The G.I. masseur claims to have smoothed out the sore spots on such notables as Kay Francis, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and Thelma Todd. "I nearly got Garbo, too," he explains, "but she didn't keep the appointment." Also on the Taylor record of massaged bodies are Fred Waring and some of his band members, numerous showgirls from Radio City and from Broadway productions and, since his entry into the Army, an impressible list of brass.
  Corp. Taylor got his start in the world by proceeding to evacuate the town of his birth, McCrory, Arkansas and heading for Yuma, Arizona, as soon as he was old enough to become desirous of the good things in life. "I ran away from home," he says, "because I wanted to own nice clothes, drive an expensive automobile and associate with beautiful women." But the profession of a masseur did not occur to him until "I just gave birth to an idea and started massaging people."

  After making a success of his career as a masseur in New York and Hawaii and points between, Doc decided to enlarge upon his trade and studied for a time at the San Francisco School of Chiropractory. This course, according to the muscle artist, also included the techniques of embalming, but he adds, "I've never had such bad luck with my patients that I had to use that Knowledge."
  Explaining what he calls "my phenomenal success," Taylor asserts that "I have what you call 'the feminine touch.' That means I'm especially good with women, who always are nervous and have to be calmed and soothed before you can find their aches and pains and correct them . . . In this job, I have to be a combination masseur and chiropractor and psychiatrist."
  Classified as an administration clerk in the Army because "there just isn't any classification for a masseur." Taylor has often supplemented his monthly payroll with remunerations for his work on the aching backs of appreciative G.I.s.
  Up to now, it has all been pretty hush-hush, but the Corporal finally has admitted that he netted an even $800 on the last part of the trip that brought his outfit to China. Long lines of hammock-weary soldiers used to make their way to Doc's portable "groan and grunt" table on the main deck. And now, in the land of rickshaws and rocky roads, the man with the "feminine touch" is finding plenty of business, ranging from visiting generals right down to aching buck privates.
  Highlight of Doc's overseas career was the visit of the Hollywood troupe. He still rubs his hands in an odd gesture of reminiscence as he recalls that "it just seemed like old times!"


A SOLDIER WRITES:

    Although I have only been in China for a few days Mom, it is easy to see there are thousands of things which make this country different than any other I have visited.
  Probably more than any other country Mom, China has been terribly hit by the war, but the first thing which strikes you when arriving here is the cheery smile and good nature of these people who have been taking all the enemy can put out and are still fighting back.
  Even more than India Mom, transportation here ranges from oxcarts and rickshaws to huge GI trucks and buses. Mainly the roads are not good, since they were not built to stand the heavy traffic which goes over them every day now that the Americans are here with all of their modern means of travel. A familiar sight here is a sort of horse-drawn coach, built square like a cheese-box, and centered on two wheels. There seems to be no end to the number of passengers these carts will hold, and faces with broad grins can be seen through the windows on every side.
  The streets of a fairly large city in China are mainly cobble-stone and quite narrow, faced on either side by open shops much as in India, and in these shops people can be seen busily eating with those peculiarly Chinese instruments - chop sticks, or bargaining over a piece of cloth yard goods as all good Orientals love to do.
  Chinese coolies with their large circular hats, or sometimes just a little skull cap, sandals and loose-fitting clothing can be seen on any of the streets here. They carry very heavy loads across their backs and shoulders by means of a long pole with a rope attachment which drops the load down on both sides. Even then it is not easy and you must have a marvelous sense of balance to carry a load like this very far. These coolies naturally must rest now and then and they lay their carrying poles down in the street anywhere. The coolie is liable to be very much disturbed if you step over this pole, as he believes it will bring bad luck.
  Another interesting feature about China Mom, is the way the women carry their small children. Like the American Indians they strap them on their back, thus leaving their hands free for other tasks. Like India, the Chinese women do much of the hard manual labor, such as construction projects. They are very strong and can do as hard work as the men.
  Produce for this teeming city is carried into town daily on the backs of mules, or small horses, or on the backs of the coolies themselves. Every morning on the street you can see long caravans bringing chickens, and many varieties of vegetable, into town. Today I even saw two men bringing in a fat pig, very much alive, on two poles with ropes tied to his feet.
  Almost as different as the people of this country, are the many kinds of dialects spoken throughout the land. The dialects of southeastern China are quite different from north China, but anywhere you go in China you will find people who speak the official language.
  The people differ in stature as in language. The northerners are generally larger than the southerners, and today in the larger cities of unoccupied China, you will find the peoples from every region and province of the country. These mingled with the Chinese and American soldiers seen on the streets make a very colorful, if congested scene.
  Well write soon Mom, I know you will be surprised to know I am in China, and Dad will also. Tell him to drop me a line when he has time.



Special Letter To The Editor

Lt. Lester Geiss, Editor, China Command Post
Dear sir:
  To the China Command Post, the Roundup's sincere wishes for the success of you new publication. You are the fulfillment of the China Theater's cherished dream for its own newspaper. Crystallized into solid fact, the China Command Post enjoys the opportunity of recording for history - and its readers - the momentous achievements which will take place in the days to come across the craggy spine of The Hump.
  Because the destiny of the two Theaters are dependent one upon the other by mutual aims, the Roundup will retain its vital interest in General Wedemeyer's command and through it your publication.
  It was an honor to have served your readers until the China Command Post was made possible. In you, however, they now possess a publication which is their "own" and which may more intimately record their accomplishments.
Sincerely,
FLOYD WALTER, Capt. Infantry, Editor - Roundup




G.I. Shakespeare
In China . . . . . . .



Overnight Pass
Now, I really don't care, lady fair,
'Both the shade of your eyes or your hair;
Your name or your weight or your height;
Just - What are you doing tonight?

           - T/Sgt. Buell R. Snyder


Loneliness
My heart's an hour glass through which
The sands of memory press and burn,
While I mark time with hope and prayer
Until the day when I return.

           - Corp. A. Bleiev
To A Buddie
We saw your grave today, old pal
The earth still fresh and cold;
And at your head there stood a cross,
As if we need be told.
We stood around like things, not men,
We knew not what to say;
'Till someone broke the silence with
"We'd best be on our way."
We turned as one and walked away,
Heads bowed and hats in hand.
I hated so to leave you there,
I hope you'll understand.
Who knows we soon may meet again,
And start our lives anew.
We'll laugh about the Army then,
And things we used to do.
We'll plan our plans and dream our dreams
Just as we used to do.
So do the best you can, old pal,
I may be seeing you.

           - Sgt. J. Ruggeri
Repast
The tenderest moments we recall are those of home.
When twilight climbs the garden wall in purple tone.
And far away from night and fear in a cheery cozy room.
In a pleasing dreamy atmosphere dispelling outside gloom.
A sleepy cat yawns on the hearth and in the firelight glow
We let our memories trace a path through country that we know.
Only our faces betray our mood, our eyes portray the past.
While memory supplies the food for our reverie's repast.
           - D. Horle



Safe Arrival In China
G.I.'s and officers meet the Pons-Kostalanetz troupe at the Kunming Airport, as they stepped out of their plane on their arrival from India. In the group (left to right) are: Sgt. Alex Goodman, Detroit, Mich.; Andre Kostalanetz, Theodore Paxson, flutist; Lily Pons, Frank Versaci and Corp. Forrest Scott, Phila., Pa.  In the back row are: Capt. Frank Wright, who is accompanying the troupe, and T/Sgt. George Montgomery, Spartenburg, N.C.

Pons-Kostelanetz On Tour Of China Bases

    KUNMING - Andre Kostalanetz, famous conductor of the Columbia Broadcasting System, and his wife, Miss Lily Pons, singing star of the Metropolitan Opera Company, arrived here this week from India on the last leg of a trip sponsored by USO Camp Shows to entertain G.I.s in the India-Burma and China Theaters.
  Marking a new departure in USO entertainment, Mr. Kostalanetz and Miss Pons will bring a program of semi-classical and traditional American folk music to Uncle Sam's fighting forces in this Theater. Arriving at a local airport, they both looked fit and happy in spite of the fact that their schedule has been hot and heavy ever since they arrived in India shortly before Christmas.
  First on the itinerary of the troupe, which includes Mr. Theodore Paxson, pianist and formerly accompanist for Nelson Eddy, and Frank Versaci, flutist, will be playing at many local installations.
  The musical couple - which have been Mr. and Mrs. Kostalanetz since 1938 - are making their second overseas trip, recently completing a 15-week jaunt through North Africa, the Middle East and Persian Gulf Commands. The reception which they received was so enthusiastic that they cancelled all concert, radio and operatic commitments to volunteer for this second entertainment mission.
  A G.I. orchestra is now being formed in the area to play before local audiences of servicemen under Mr. Kostalanetz's direction.



Bottoms Up
A medium bombardment group of the famed Chinese-American Wing of the 14th Air Force has adopted the nickname of the "Gambay Group." In Chinese that means "Bottoms Up." In front (left to right) are Lt. Col. David J. M. Muson, New haven, Conn.; Major Archie Gray, Bismarck, N.D., wielding the traditional bottle, and Major Y. K. Wang, vice-commander of the group. In the rear (left to right) are Sgt. Ted Brown, Roseville, Ohio; M/Sgt. Joseph D. Stahl, Milwaukee, Wis., and Corp. James W. Fitzgerald, Jersey City, N.J.
"Mona"
This luscious young beauty is the sweetheart of U.S. military personnel in the Antilles Department. The work of Sgt. Charles R. Flory, she is a regular feature of Sentry Box, Army News Magazine published in that department.
Sentry In Silhouette
1339TH AAFBU CHINA: As the sun sets over another far-flung Air Transport Command Base, Pfc. Eugene Swanson, Los Angeles, Calif., stands guard against Japanese air raids over this advanced airfield in China. Giant Air Transport Command cargo carriers land at this India-China Division station after flying the treacherous "Hump" with vital war supplies for the fighting forces in China.


Haven For China's Refugees
Now on their way to the U.S., Constance, Sylvia and Loretta Ying, daughters of the Chinese Consul General at San Francisco, Cal., were found on this refugee-packed train at a siding in China after the flight from Kweilin, where they were attending school. SOS officers, searching the train at the request of Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault, discovered the girls.
Marsmen
Stripped to the waist under the tropical sun, an American mortar crew of the Mars Task Force, which blocked the Burma Road and cut off the Japanese escape route to Lashio, continues to pound the enemy troops and supply columns.


Social Call
Sgt. Powell I. Richards, Scranton, Pa., an infantryman pinch-hitting as motor sergeant at TIG 2, takes time out for a little talk with Peggy Pfenning, Columbus, Ohio, as the ABC girl visits one of the outposts of the Y-Forces.
Manila-Philippine Capital
Aerial view of the old walled city in Manila. In the foreground is the Philippine Legislative Building. At the top is the Pasig River which winds through the heart of the city and flows into Manila Bay.
Scene Of Fierce Fighting
Pre-war Koenigsberg, capital of East Prussia, where the Russian forces engaged the Germans in fierce house to house fighting. Of great importance politically, Koenigsberg is also important for its industry.



The CHINA COMMAND POST is the weekly newspaper of the United States Forces in the China Theater and is published by Lt. Lester H. Geiss, Editor-in-Chief, for military personnel only.  T/Sgt. Harry Purcell, Managing Editor; Sgt. Maurice Pernod, Production Chief.  Editorial offices: Hqrs., SOS, China Theater, Kunming, China, and Hqrs., SOS, Calcutta, India.  Printed by Ajit Kumar Sinha at the "Amrita Bazar Patrika" Press, Calcutta, India.













  FEBRUARY 9, 1945    

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