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Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Fun Film: U.S. Navy in China - The Yangtze River Force

Shades of the Sand Pebbles.

Mid-1930's on the Yangtze River Patrol:

Described here as:
This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patrolling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.


  1. Talk about a Time Machine! Fascinating viewing into a world long gone..

  2. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Thanks for posting these Friday films Eagle1. Its cool to watch 'em, and its educational to....well, to look at the world thru previous generations eyes.


  3. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Pretty cool. There were still a handfull of the old China hands around when I started out, though they were all on the edge of retireing. From their stories and the movie it must have been quite an experience.