LEDO ROAD TIMELINE
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 1937  JAPANESE AGGRESSION

  SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR  More
   After years of Japanese aggression, full-scale war breaks out.
   Many historians regard this as the start of World War II.


 1938  CHINA ISOLATED

  JAPAN BLOCKADES CHINESE PORTS  More
   Capture of Hankow and Canton completes blockade of ocean ports.
   Supplies must be brought by road through Indo-China and Burma.


 1939  GUERILLA WARFARE

  CHINESE FIGHT GUERILLA WAR  More
   Under Japanese occupation a relentless guerrilla war is waged.
   Staggering losses fail to destroy Chinese morale.


 1940  CHINA IN CRISIS

 17 JUL - JAPAN FORCES BRITAIN TO CLOSE BURMA ROAD  More
              leaving Russia as the only land supply route to China.

 05 SEP - U.S. DECLARES NEUTRALITY
              while military and other aid is authorized for Britain and France

 18 OCT - BRITAIN REOPENS BURMA ROAD
              as no progress toward peace is made with Japan

    NOV - LEND-LEASE PROPOSED  More
              allowing "lending" of military equipment to U.S. allies.


 1941  DRAWN TO WAR

 11 MAR - LEND-LEASE ACT SIGNED  More
              authorizing lending of war supplies to China

    APR - RUSSO-JAPANESE NEUTRALITY PACT
          ends China's hope for supplies from Russia

 10 JUL - FLYING TIGERS DEPART SAN FRANCISCO  More
              The American Volunteer Group (AVG) heads to China

 26 JUL - U.S. FREEZES ALL JAPANESE ASSETS
          the situation becomes critical

 07 SEP - JAPANESE FINALIZE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK PLAN
          while diplomatic talks with the U.S. continue

 16 OCT - TOJO COMES TO POWER  More
              as the military gains control of the Japanese Empire

 07 DEC - JAPANESE ATTACK PEARL HARBOR  More
              "awake a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve"

 08 DEC - UNITED STATES DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN  More
              Roosevelt forever labels December 7th the "Day of Infamy"


 1942  MOBILIZING FOR WAR

    JAN - JAPANESE INVADE BURMA  More
              Japanese "co-prosperity" sphere grows

 22 FEB - WAR DEPARTMENT APPROVES ROAD PROJECT
          to be supported with Lend-Lease supplies

 03 MAR - CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER ESTABLISHED  More
              the United States organizes in the Far East

    MAR - SERVICES OF SUPPLY (SOS) ESTABLISHED
          to deliver lend-lease military supplies to China

 06 MAR - JAPANESE TAKE RANGOON
          closing the important port

 02 APR - INDIA-BURMA CAMPAIGN BEGINS  More
              the defense of India and Burma begins

 29 APR - JAPANESE TAKE LASHIO
          thereby closing the Burma Road

 04 MAY - STILWELL WALKS OUT OF BURMA  More
              and reports "We took a hell of a beating"

 04 JUL - CHINA DEFENSIVE CAMPAIGN BEGINS  More
              the defense of China begins

 06 JUL - FLYING TIGERS JOIN CHINA AIR TASK FORCE
          ex-volunteers join the Army Air Corps.

 22 OCT - BRITISH-AMERICAN PLANNING
          Joint planning for the retaking of Burma in 1943

 29 OCT - STILWELL ORDERS ROAD BUILT
          from Ledo forward to Chinese lines

 05 NOV - MERRILL PROPOSES ROUTE OF LEDO ROAD
          based on British surveys and a refugee trail

 26 NOV - SOS OPENS OFFICE IN KUNMING
          to coordinate both ends of supply line

 15 DEC - BASE SECTION 3 ESTABLISHED
          Command for all Ledo Road related operations

 16 DEC - CONSTRUCTION OF LEDO ROAD BEGINS
          Ill-equipped engineers hack away at the jungle with machetes


 1943  BUILDING THE ROAD

 26 JAN - MILE POST 34.5 "HELLGATE"
          beginning of the road's ascent into the Patkai Range

 28 FEB - LEDO ROAD REACHES INDIA-BURMA BORDER
          36 miles into the Patkai Range of the Himalayas

 04 MAR - "SHIPMENT 4201" REACHES INDIA
          Engineers and support personnel for the road project

 17 MAR - THE MONSOONS COME
          Unusual fury bogs down construction progress

 24 MAR - FIRST SUBDEPOT ESTABLISHED
          Rest and refueling stop at Hellgate

    MAR - TROOPS ON THE LEDO ROAD
          Chinese 38th Division crosses the Burma border

 08 APR - CONSTRUCTION BOGS DOWN
          Engineers fall back to strengthen the road against the monsoon

 01 MAY - ADDITIONAL ENGINEERS ARRIVE
          330th Engineers reinforce the construction effort

 25 JUN - ARROWSMITH PROMOTED
          Commander elevated to Brigadier General

 06 JUL - ROAD HEADQUARTERS ESTABLISHED
          at Hellgate

 15 AUG - SOUTHEAST ASIA COMMAND (SEAC) ESTABLISHED  More
              under British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten

 17 AUG - QUEBEC CONFERENCE  More
              Plan to regain northern Burma is agreed on

    SEP - MORE RAIN HALTS WORK
          14.88 inches fall late in the month, halting work on the point.

 17 OCT - GENERAL PICK IN COMMAND OF ROAD BUILDING  More
              injecting new life into the road building effort

 22 OCT - MILE POST 60
          near Tincha progress on the road reaches about a mile a day

 31 OCT - MERRILL'S MARAUDERS ARRIVE  More
              volunteers for a dangerous jungle mission "somewhere"

 27 DEC - ROAD REACHES SHINGBWIYANG
          117 miles to the first "town" in Burma


 1944  ONWARD TO VICTORY

 13 JAN - STILWELL'S TROOPS CROSS TARUNG
          Chinese 22nd and 38th Divisions in heavy fighting

 09 FEB - MARAUDERS DEPART LEDO
          10 day hike to Shingbwiyang headed deeper into Burma

 17 MAY - ALLIES TAKE MYITKYINA AIRFIELD
          largest air field in north Burma

 26 JUL - MARS TASK FORCE CREATED
          remnants of the Marauders and Chinese troops

 03 AUG - ALLIES TAKE MYITKYINA
          the 79-day siege ends

 18 OCT - STILWELL DEPARTS CBI
          Chiang Kai-shek prevails and Roosevelt concedes

 27 OCT - CBI THEATER REORGANIZED
          China Theater of Operations (CTO) & India-Burma Theater (IBT)

    OCT - ROAD WITHIN 80 MILES OF MYITKYINA
          using Myitkyina's airstrip speeds progress

 13 NOV - CBI THEATER INSIGNIA/PATCH APPROVED
          having been worn in theater for years

 15 DEC - ALLIES TAKE BHAMO
          the tide has turned in Burma


 1945  "INEVITABLE TRIUMPH"

 12 JAN - FIRST CONVOY DEPARTS LEDO
          the entire route not yet cleared of Japanese resistance

 28 JAN - INDIA-BURMA CAMPAIGN ENDS  More
              as the Ledo Road is completed

 28 JAN - STILWELL ROAD NAMED
          at the suggestion of Chiang Kai-shek

 04 FEB - FIRST CONVOY ARRIVES KUNMING, CHINA
          first supplies are delivered by land since 1942

 07 MAR - ALLIES TAKE LASHIO
          on the way to Rangoon

 20 MAR - ALLIES TAKE MANDALAY
          the drive to Rangoon continues

 03 MAY - ALLIES TAKE RANGOON
          Japanese are cleared from Burma

 04 MAY - CHINA DEFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ENDS  More
              war in the Far East winds down

 20 MAY - STILWELL ROAD OFFICIALLY OPENED
          General Pick formally announces completion

 06 AUG - ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA  More
              Enola Gay delivers "Little Boy"

 09 AUG - ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON NAGASAKI  More
              Bocks Car delivers "Fat Man"

 15 AUG - VICTORY OVER JAPAN
          Emperor Hirohito announces acceptance of surrender terms

 28 AUG - SURRENDER IN BURMA
          Japanese sign the surrender instrument in Rangoon

 02 SEP - OFFICIAL SURRENDER
          Japanese sign Instrument of Surrender aboard USS Missouri


 1946  WINDING DOWN & MOPPING UP

 02 MAR - ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN ENDS
          curtain falls on the old CBI Theater

    MAR - MILITARY USE OF STILWELL ROAD ENDS
          after being officially open for only 10 months

    APR - CHINESE CIVIL WAR RESUMES  More
              destined to bring communism to China

 12 OCT - GENERAL JOSEPH W. STILWELL DIES
          Cancer claims "Uncle Joe" in California

 31 DEC - END OF WORLD WAR II
          President Truman officially proclaims end of hostilities


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