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A Tribute To My Dad
The Ledo Road
The Stilwell Pages
Hospital Units in CBI
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Maps of the CBI Theater
LIFE Reports and Pictorials
Best of CBIVA Sound-off
CBI Order of Battle

CBI PUBLICATIONS
CBI Roundup 
China Lantern
Command Post
Hump Express
The Stars And Stripes
Hindusthan Standard
On The Ground Glass
The Bull Sheet
Super-Fort
Hellbird Herald
Buck Sheet
SEAC Souvenir
Bull-Dozer
Hairy Ears Herald

GOVERNMENT BOOKLETS
Inside Wartime China
China's War Capital
India Post-War Planning

POCKET GUIDES
The Calcutta Key
Pocket Guide to China
Pocket Guide to Burma
Pocket Guide to India
Chinese Phrase Book
Cantonese Language Guide
USAAF Survival Guide
Pointie Talkie
Red Cross Guide to India
USAAF Handbook of Burma
Here's How
ATC in India-China
Air Transport Command
Welcome to Bombay
Guide to Karachi
Special Service Booklet
CBI VETERAN'S STORIES
Father Kapaun CBI Saint
Walkout Diary
One Pilot's Journey
Overseas Anniversary
QM Truck Company
Jake Jesse in CBI
Evacuation Hospital
Into The Wildest Blue Yonder
CBI From The Back Seat
My Life as a GI Joe
Prayed - Sang - Cussed
The Diddled Dozen
Night Ambush
Charles Beard's Story
In Her Own Words
A Unique Military Experience
Dear Mom
The Forgotten War
Kenneth Clark's Story
Walter Orey's Memoir
Somewhere In India

CBI VETERAN'S PHOTOS
Jack Thomas' Images of India
Bob Fagelson's Photos
Philip Johnson's Photos
Glenn Garrelts' India
Walter Orey's CBI Photos
Larry Tompkins' Photos

HISTORIES
Building the Ledo Road
India-Burma Engineers
330th Engineers History
789th EPD Unit History
Of Men and Mud
Hastings Air Base
This Is IBT Base Section
Chinese Army in India-Burma
A Miracle Military Achievement
IBT Engineer Section
Airfield Construction 1942-44

ARTISTIC VIEWS
Paintings of Army Medicine
Ledo Road & Other Verses
A Masterpiece of Design
Ledo Road Insignia
Vinegar Joe Stilwell
The Flight of No Return
CBI Sketch Book
The Mars Task Force
LEDO ROAD
The Ledo Road
Stilwell Road - Ledo Lifeline
India-Burma Engineers
The Story of Pick's Pike
Building the Ledo Road
The Back Door to China
The Jungle's Victory
Land Route to China
Aerial Views of Ledo Road
Stilwell Road Certificate
My Trip Over the Ledo Road
Route of the Ledo Road
History of the Road 1942-44
First Anniversary Report
Shweli River Bridge

CBI PIPELINES
U.S. Army Pipelines in India
Longest Pipeline in the World
Fuel For Freedom
789th EPD Unit History

LIFE REPORTS & PICTORIALS
Burma Road Closed
China: To The Mountains
Wings Over China
Check-up on Burma Road
Japan Threatens Burma Road
Chiang Kai-shek
Flying Tigers in Burma
Burma Front
The Rat-Trap of Burma
Flight From Burma
Burma Mission
AVG Ends Famous Career
Stilwell's Flight from Burma
LIFE Photographer in Burma
Chennault Fights to Hold China
Dear Mom, I Got A Valet
Yanks Make a Hit in India
The Missimo
India Speaks to China
Speech To Congress
Madame Chiang in the U.S.
Mass Tribute to Madame Chiang
American Makes Planes in India
China Air Task Force
Madame Chiang in Hollywood
British Raid Burma
Army Hospital in Burma
Elephants at War
The War In Burma
Joe Stilwell's War
Trouble In Burma
Airborne Raiders in Burma
The Ledo Road
The Hump
Stilwell Road
LIFE Goes Over Stilwell Road
THE CBI THEATER
The Mightiest Army
Ramgarh Training Center
Merrill's Marauders in Burma
1st Provisional Tank Group
Mars Task Force
Hump Air Routes
Aerial Invasion of Burma
Air Commandos
Under Siege at Myitkyina
Woman's Army Corps in CBI
The Hoverfly in CBI
Lines of Communication
Operation Matterhorn
China Crisis
Newsmap
World's Biggest Airline

YANK - THE ARMY WEEKLY
YANK's Magic Carpet
China-Burma-India Edition
CBI Edition Part 2
CBI Edition Part 3
CBI Edition Part 4
CBI Edition Part 5
Stilwell: The GIs' Favorite
Clearing the Burma Road
Rangoon Jump
Indian Riverboat
Longest Pipeline in the World
YANK's Dave Richardson
Pin-Up Girls of YANK
Truck Convoy to China
Convoy Sidelights

A UNIQUE LOOK
Serendipity
Kunming-Kweiyang Route
Camelcade
Round Robin
My Favorite War Story
China-Burma-India Christmas
Confusion Beyond Imagination
Advertising CBI
CBI Connections
Story of CBI on the Internet

REMEMBERING
Memorial to CBI Veterans
A Search of Sixty Years
Victory Over Japan
World War II Memorial




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The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II

  Officially established March 3, 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.









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   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.

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Many thanks to these veterans and friends of CBI whose generosity helped make these pages possible:

Hal Baker  Jyotirmay Bareria  Linda Berthow  Ron Bleecker  Matt Brinkman  Miriam Burrows  Tony Bushur

Rick Camden  Matt Campanella  John Clark  Kathryn Thomason Cleveland  James R. Cobb  Roger Cook

Jim Corbitt  Sean & Stefani Curley Dave Dale  Douglas Devaux  Virginia Dyer  Milt Eisenberg  Bob Fagelson

Paul Farley  Grover Fike  Tom Foltz  S. Neal Gardner  Gary Goldblatt  Jim & Jill Hanratty  Carol Hoffner

Maury Hurt  Earl & Diana Ingram  Joan Isham  Linda James  Jake Jesse  Wen Jiang  Steve Johnson

Steven C. King Carlton W. King  Leo (Sapienza) Leonhart  Chuck Louis  Glenda Garrelts Mattes  Charles Mette

Tom Miller  Gregg Millett  Richard Mowbray  Bud Osborn  Charles Peterson  Wendall Phillips

Timothy Rogers  Jack Russell  Nick Sanchez  Terrence Schwartz  Robert Shaw  Howard Sherman  Paul Shindelar

Joe Shupe  Larry Stockwell  John Sunne  Jack Thomas  Bob Thompson  Graham Thompson

Frank Vierling  Christine Weidenburner  Joseph Weidenburner  Glenna Wilding and the Derby City Basha


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