CHINESE GOLD by SGT. NORMAN C. SAUNDERS Abandoned gasoline drums come into their own. Empty gasoline drums make an improvised grease pit for a GI motor pool in China
WHEN the age-old ingenuity and patience of the Chinese is blended with the oft-demonstrated resourcefulness of the American GI, some tricky developments are bound to result. Nowhere in the world wide theatre of war has the empty gasoline drum come into its own as it has in China. Originally the drums contained gasoline which was flown across the "Hump" to the air and ground forces in China's interior. Cargo space on transport planes was far too valuable to be used in ferrying the emptied containers back to refueling points. On this and the following pages we see how base metal is transmuted to gold when East meets West over an abandoned gasoline drum.
A Chinese cemetery uses drums for ornamentation. A beggar has found a home.