This is a 1945 era, black and white movie is presented by – The Commanding General South West Pacific Area, the "S.W.P.A. News". It has several installments and the first one is about the insecticide, “DDT” sprayed by C-47’s in liberated Manila to fight a deadly Typhus plague. The movie opens with C-47 Pilots going over a map and loading up with DDT to fumigate the city of Manila, 1:00. Planes fly over the city and deliver DDT to the city of Manila below, 1:14. DDT pseudonyms, Deadly Dust Treatment, Double Delirium Tremens, 1:45. The Air strike on Luzon, in the Philippines, 2:25. Hill 2380 in Luzon, 2:50. Shelling of hill 2380, 3:10. Commander orders air strike on hill 2380 in Luzon, 4:00. Bombs land on hill 2380 in Luzon, 5:15. Aerial view of bombing of Luzon, 5:36. Infantry dig into the hillside in Luzon, 6:40. Battle for Baguio Falls, Philippines, 6:48. Explosions and fighting in Baguio Falls, troops move in, 8:00. Troops move into the city of Baguio and capture enemy, 8:20. Philippine puppet President Jose Laurel and Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita escape U.S. forces, 8:30. Children and other Philippine citizens return from hiding in the hills, 8:51. Ruins of Baguio, 9:10. Troops ride victoriously through Baguio, but the town is in ruins, 9:54.
South West Pacific Area[note (SWPA) was the name given to the Allied supreme military command in the South West Pacific Theatre of World War II. It was one of four major Allied commands in the Pacific War. SWPA included the Philippines, Borneo, the Dutch East Indies (excluding Sumatra), East Timor, Australia, the Territories of Papua and New Guinea, and the western part of the Solomon Islands. It primarily consisted of United States and Australian forces, although Dutch, Filipino, British and other Allied forces also served in the SWPA.
General Douglas MacArthur was appointed as the Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area, on its creation on 18 April 1942. He created five subordinate commands: Allied Land Forces, Allied Air Forces, Allied Naval Forces, United States Army Forces in Australia (USAFIA), and the United States Army Forces in the Philippines. The last command disappeared when Corregidor surrendered on 6 May 1942, while USAFIA became the United States Army Services of Supply, Southwest Pacific Area (USASOS SWPA). In 1943 United States Army Forces in the Far East was reformed and assumed responsibility for administration, leaving USASOS as a purely logistical agency. Both were swept away in a reorganisation in 1945. The other three commands, Allied Land Forces, Allied Air Forces and Allied Naval Forces, remained until SWPA was abolished on 2 September 1945.
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