Remembering the Forgotten Theater of World War II

 A Tribute to my Dad in CBI  The Ledo Road  CBI Roundup  LIFE - The Ledo Road  The Ledo Road and other verses from China-Burma-India  Stilwell Road - Story of the Ledo Lifeline  YANK's Magic Carpet  Nick Sanchez Walkout Diary  CBI Pointie Talkie  Stilwell: The GIs' Favorite  YANK - China-Burma-India Edition  LIFE - April 22, 1942  Clearing the Burma Road  LIFE - Burma Mission  Ledo-Burma Road Convoy Sidelights  Flight from Burma - LIFE - August 10, 1942  The War In Burma - LIFE - April 10, 1944  Joe Stilwell's War  Elephants at War in Burma  Short story about Dave Richardson  LIFE - August 10, 1942  A Pocket Guide to China  A Pocket Guide to Burma  A Pocket Guide to India  Chinese Language Phrase Book  Illustrations from Cantonese Language Guide  USAAF Survival Guide  Red Cross Guide Book to Indian Cities  Confusion Beyond Imagination: Ledo Road Signs  Advertising CBI  LIFE - March 12, 1945  LIFE - February 12, 1945  Hospital Units in CBI  LIFE Photographer in Burma  Rangoon Jump  Yanks in India  YANK ~ The Longest Pipeline in the World  FUEL FOR FREEDOM - Story of the ABC Pipeline  General Joseph W. Stilwell in the CBI Theater  Overseas Anniversary Banquet  Britain Closes Burma Road  Life Checks Up on the Burma Road  Pin-Up Girls of YANK  One Pilot's Journey in World War II  Under Siege at Myitkyina  Opening the Back Door to China  Paintings of Army Medicine  Blood Chits of the CBI Theater  Ramgarh Training Center  Victory Over Japan  A Masterpiece of Design  On The Ground Glass  The Mightiest Army: CBI Theater  National World War II Memorial  A Search of Sixty Years  China-Burma-India Christmas  Jack Thomas' Images of India  Maps of the CBI Theater  India-Burma Engineers  Merrill's Marauders In Burma  Mars Task Force  The Jungle's Victory  Building the Ledo Road  The Hoverfly in CBI  Jake Jesse in CBI  Evacuation Hospital  The Stars And Stripes China Edition  CBI Connections  330th Engineer Regiment Unit History  Into The Wildest Blue Yonder...  The Aerial Invasion of Burma  Lines of Communication - Transportation in the CBI Theater  The Woman's Army Corps in CBI  1st Provisional Tank Group  Father Emil J. Kapaun - CBI Saint  789th EPD Unit History  Ledo Road Insignia  Handbook of Burma and Northeastern India  Handbook for American Troops in China  Hindusthan Standard  Assam-Bengal-China Air Routes  The Bull Sheet  Hump Express  The Calcutta Key  Vinegar Joe Stilwell  THE COMMAND POST  The China Lantern  Flying Tigers in Burma  TIME - China Crisis  Operation Matterhorn  CHINA, BURMA, AND INDIA - FROM THE BACK SEAT  YANKS MAKE A HIT IN INDIA  MY LIFE AS A G.I. JOE IN WORLD WAR II  THE RAT-TRAP OF BURMA  CHINA AIR TASK FORCE  MME. CHIANG IN THE U.S. CAPITOL  BRITISH RAID BURMA  LIFE VISITS AN ARMY HOSPITAL IN BURMA  MADAME CHIANG SPEECH TO CONGRESS  AMERICAN MAKES PLANES IN INDIA  THE MISSIMO  INDIA SPEAKS TO CHINA  MASS TRIBUTE TO MME. CHIANG  MADAME CHIANG IN HOLLYWOOD  MY FAVORITE WAR STORY  PRAYED, SANG, CUSSED  THE DIDDLED DOZEN  SUPER-FORT  WINGS OVER CHINA  HELLBIRD HERALD  THE FLIGHT OF NO RETURN  BOB FAGELSON IMAGES OF INDIA  PHILIP JOHNSON IMAGES OF INDIA  HASTINGS AIR BASE  AIRBORNE RAIDERS IN BURMA  NIGHT AMBUSH  THE BEST OF CBIVA SOUND-OFF  CHARLES BEARD'S STORY  CHINA: TO THE MOUNTAINS  BUCK SHEET  AIR COMMANDOS  SEAC SOUVENIR  OF MEN AND MUD  CBI SKETCH BOOK  FIRST CONVOY  BROAD VIEWS  LAND ROUTE TO CHINA  LOUISE CAMDEN  IBT BASE SECTION  U.S. ARMY PIPELINES IN INDIA  CHINESE ARMY IN INDIA-BURMA CAMPAIGN  AERIAL VIEWS OF THE LEDO ROAD  STILWELL ROAD  DEAR MOM  NEWSMAP  INSIDE WARTIME CHINA  ATC IN INDIA-CHINA  ROUND ROBIN  THE AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND  MY TRIP OVER THE LEDO ROAD  CHUNGKING - CHINA'S WAR CAPITAL  POST-WAR PLANNING IN INDIA  THE HUMP  BULL-DOZER  THE HAIRY EARS HERALD  CAMELCADE  WELCOME TO BOMBAY  GLENN GARRELTS' INDIA  GUIDE TO KARACHI  BURMA - A MIRACLE IN MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT  THE FORGOTTEN WAR  SPECIAL SERVICE BOOKLET  WALTER OREY - MEMOIR OF WORLD WAR II  ROUTE GUIDE - KUNMING TO KWEIYANG  SOMEWHERE IN INDIA  HISTORY OF IBT ENGINEER SECTION  ROUTE OF THE LEDO ROAD  HISTORY OF THE LEDO ROAD  AIRFIELD CONSTRUCTION  WORLD'S BIGGEST AIRLINE  CBI ORDER OF BATTLE  CBI ROUNDUP MEMORANDUM  THE MARS TASK FORCE  SERENDIPITY  WALTER OREY'S CBI PHOTO ALBUM  SOS FIRST ANNIVERSARY REPORT  SHWELI RIVER BRIDGE  LT. LAWRENCE H. TOMPKINS PHOTOS  TROUBLE IN BURMA  JAPANESE THREATEN BURMA ROAD  AVG ENDS ITS FAMOUS CAREER  FLIGHT FROM BURMA  DEAR MOM I GOT A VALET  Chiang Kai-shek  War Explodes Into Bombay  Chinese Pilots  Yanks In Shangri-La  To India And Back In 10 Days  B-29 Superforts Bomb Japanese Mainland  Peace Comes to Shanghai  Jinx Returns From The War  China Fights On  U.S. Foot Soldiers In Burma  The Mules of Myitkyina  Claire Chennault  Man And His Dog  G.I. Vagabond Journey Across India  The Story of The Hump  4 days out - 4 days back  Rangoon Rambler  The U.S. In China  China Flees  Chinese Tragedy  Victorious China  A Big Day In China  Lightly Armed Japanese Filter Up Through Burma  China Asks India Whether It Will Fight  LIFE Goes On A Date In India  Miss Lace is GIs' Heroine  Woodcuts Help Fight China's Battles  U.S. Snubs China's Army Misson  Japs Split China in Great Land Victory  Eggs Stand On End in Chungking  Bottoms Up in China  Brereton  China Bowl  Earl Uhler's Photos  Teamwork Does It!  John H. Smith's Images of India 1944-1946  John Sunne Photograph Collection  Building the ABC Pipeline  Jack Knight  CBI Manhunt - The Story of Pvt. Herman Perry  Along the Burma Road with Milford Zornes  Ledo Road Sketches  Tiger Rag  New Year - Old Friend  Arthur Paul Lancy  Frank Amenitsch CBI Photo Album  ARC Light  Inside Red China  China Reborn  Crisis In China  Flashes from Burma Road  U.S. Casualties in CBI  William  Smith - Ramgarh  Earl Jesse Bowman Album  Marilyn Monroe and Yank - The Army Weekly  Famous Planes of CBI  Camp Kanchrapara Guide  M.A.S.H. STORIES  Linked At Last  A Personal History  P.R.O. Files  LIFE - India - March 16, 1942  LIFE - China's Soong - March 24, 1941  LIFE - Polish Artist Sketches the War - March 19, 1945  Norman Carlile's Story  The North China Marine  George Bauernfeind in CBI  Pictorial Record of the 497th  Peoria on the Ledo Road  Capture of Myitkyina Airdrome  Merrill's Marauders  First Convoy on Burma-Ledo Road  More from The Ledo Road  General Joseph W. Stilwell  69th Medical Depot Co. History   Sketches by William Warren of 69th Medical Depot Co  A Memoir of Julius Palmer Edwards  The Hump (In Color)  James Shephard CBI  Seagrave Returns to Burma  Adventure in Burma  CBI Memorial Tree at Arlington Cemetery  Jungle Jargon  Adventure on the Stilwell Road  The Road That Couldn't Be Built  Heroes of the Hump  Oil for the Tanks in China  Monsoon Salvage  Flying Tigers Christmas Battle  William Fuchs' Photos  Wm. Warren's Memorabilia  Knight Hill Is Taken  16,000 Miles from Home Plate  Apocalypse Then  758th Railway Shop Battalion Roster  The Hump: Death and Salvation on the Aluminum Trail  The Road Gang  James Antell Memorabilia  Herb Fisher's P-40  Diary of Robert Mahler  George Kierstead Photos  WAC War Correspondent  Vernelle Grable  Wendall Phillips  Walter Ryan  Olaf Gabrielson CBI Photos   Earthquaker: Byron Hill  Where The Dawn Comes Up Like Thunder  Julius Edwards World War II Photos  Notes from a Burma Diary  In An Alien City  C.S. Davis Archive  C.S. Davis Archive  C.S. Davis Archive  C.S. Davis Archive  C.S. Davis Archive  C.S. Davis Archive  First Convoy to China in Three Years  Looking Back with the 20th General Hospital   My Most Unforgettable Character  Air Bases in CBI  Map of India and Ceylon  Map of India and Ceylon  He Finished The Road That Couldn/'t Be Built  TIME World Battlefronts: When A Hawk Smiles  Bringing World War II to Life   Along the Ledo Road  Report on Stilwell-Burma Road   Aerial Maps of Ledo Road   Toughest Road in the World   CBI News on the Homefront  My Weekly Reader  Lester M. Hurd Photos  Thomas Wall - Malaria Control  AAF Cloth Chart  Burma Railway  William Dale Memoir of India  Baksheesh Bugle  Negro Soldiers

        Type a word or phrase below to search this site . . .


The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II
   Officially established 22 June 1942, the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) is often referred to as The Forgotten Theater of World War II.  Of the 12,300,000 Americans under arms at the height of World War II mobilization, only about 250,000 (two percent) were assigned to the CBI Theater, making CBI Veterans are Unique more than just a slogan.

   Initially important to the Allied war effort because of plans to invade Japan from the Chinese mainland, it became mainly an effort to keep China supplied and in the war.  Allied forces, mostly British, Chinese, and Indian, engaged large numbers of Japanese troops that might have otherwise been used elsewhere.  The less than 3,000 volunteer soldiers who became famous as Merrill's Marauders, and the units of the Mars Task Force, were the only dedicated U.S. ground fighting forces in the Theater.

   America's role in CBI was to support China by providing war materials and the manpower to get it to where it was needed.  The majority of Americans in CBI worked to bring lend-lease supplies to China.  The Flying Tigers fought the Japanese in the air over China and Burma.  Army Air Forces flew supplies Over The Hump from India to China.  Merrill's Marauders and the Mars Task Force fought through the jungles of Burma.  Army Engineers built the Ledo Road to open up a land supply route.


Share Your CBI Memorabilia

    Most of these sites were created using World War II era publications and printed material from CBI.  Some of the material was provided by people like you.  Your CBI story, photos and other memorabilia is of interest to veterans and friends of CBI and is an important part of history.  This history can be preserved and published to the Internet so that anyone interested can readily access information about the CBI Theater.  You don't have to part with your piece of CBI history as good photocopies or scans are acceptable.  If you have photos or memorabilia from CBI and would like to share it and your story with veterans and others interested in CBI, please click below to send an e-mail.


 CBI Wall Of Honor
Honor CBI Veterans

    On the CBI Wall of Honor the men and women who served in the China-Burma-India Theater are remembered and honored. Their photograph, unit or area of service, and their wartime hometown are shown. The photo is also a link to more information on their service (when available). To honor your relative or other CBI veteran, use the link below to submit a photo and be sure to include their full name, unit or area, and wartime hometown.


Many thanks to the veterans and friends of CBI who helped make these pages possible

 CBI commemorative ribbon
Copyright © 2003-2023  Carl Warren Weidenburner    


Since October 31, 2004