The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Toledo China-Burma-India Veterans Association Records

MSS-209

Size:  3.75 linear feet

Provenance:   Gift of the Toledo China-Burma-India Veterans Association

Access:  Open

Related Collections:  Veterans History Project, MSS-181

Processing Note: 

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Christopher Block

 

 

 Historical Sketch

            During World War II, most of the Allies fought the Germans and the European Axis powers.  The British and French forces, however, were pulled into the war in Asia by the invading Japanese army.  Making their way through Asia, the Allies were stuck on the front lines defending China, Burma, and India.  After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt declared war against Japan and Germany declared war against the United States, and the U.S. was pulled into Asia to defend the Allies.  In 1942, Japan’s Imperial Army seized Singapore, a critical island in in Southeast Asia, and started a siege inland by attacking China.  Their ultimate goal was to reach India, but to do so the Japanese had to go through Burma.  In April 1942, the Japanese occupied Burma. 
The Japanese planned to capture the Imphal plain of India by cutting off air supplies to China over the Himalayas.  This would give them complete control over Asian air space.  It took the Japanese army two months to make there way from Singapore to Burma, and then the war was at a standstill.  The British forces along with help from the Indian National Army and other Allied forces took a stand at Imphal.  After six weeks of Japanese seizure, the British forces and Allies pushed back the Japanese army for good.  Soon after, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 ended the war. 
            During the later months of 1945, U.S. veterans of companies in China, Burma, and India formed a special association for anyone who served in these countries called the China-Burma-India Veterans Association.  The organization produced several periodical publications as the “Tea Leaf,” “Ex-CBI Round Up,” and the “Sound Off;” to educate their members on what had happened in the countries of China, Burma, and India since the end of World War II.  Locally, the activities of the CBIVA included luncheons, dinners, annual conferences, and raising money to erect memorials of events from the countries of China, Burma, and India during World War II.  The Toledo China-Burma-India Veterans Association as well as the national organization disbanded in 2005.

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

           

 

            Earl W. Hoffsis donated this collection to the Ward M. Canaday Center on September 24th of 2005.  This collection includes publications of this organization on the local, state, and international.  The publications include newsletters, annual reports, magazines, and contact lists.  The materials represent the present post World War II era starting in 1945 to 2005.

 

Series Description

 

Series 1

 PUBLICATIONS
Ca. 1945 – 2005
3 lin. ft.
   
       

Series 2

ARTIFACTS
.5 lin.ft. (oversize)

Series 3

Meeting videos (.25 lin.ft.)

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Item

 

 

Series 1: publications

1

1

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Misc.

1

2

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1979 – 83

1

3

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1985

1

4

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1990

1

5

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1992

1

6

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1995

1

7

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  1997

1

8

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  2002

1

9

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Ohio Member Roster  2005

1

10

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1949 – 1958

1

11

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1960 – 1967

1

12

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1968 – 1973

1

13

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1974 – 1976

1

14

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1978 – 1981

1

15

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1983 – 1984

1

16

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1986

1

17

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1989

1

18

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1990

1

19

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1992

1

20

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1997

1

21

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1998

1

22

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  1999

1

23

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  2001

1

24

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  2003

1

25

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Reunion Program  2005

1

26

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1993 – 1994

1

27

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1995

1

28

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1996

1

29

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1997

1

30

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1998

1

31

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  1999

1

32

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2000

1

33

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2001

1

34

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2002

1

35

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2003

1

36

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2004

1

37

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc.  Sound OFF  2005

1

38

Tea Leaf  1980

1

39

Tea Leaf  1981

1

40

Tea Leaf  1982

1

41

Tea Leaf  1983

1

42

Tea Leaf  1984

1

43

Tea Leaf  1985

1

44

Tea Leaf  1986

1

45

Tea Leaf  1987

1

46

Tea Leaf  1988

1

47

Tea Leaf  1989

1

48

Tea Leaf  1990

1

49

Tea Leaf  1991

1

50

Tea Leaf  1992

1

51

Tea Leaf  1993

1

52

Tea Leaf  1994

1

53

Tea Leaf  1995

1

54

Tea Leaf  1996

1

55

Tea Leaf  1999

1

56

Tea Leaf  2000

1

57

Tea Leaf  2001

1

58

Tea Leaf  2002

1

59

Tea Leaf  2003

1

60

Tea Leaf  2004

 

 

 

2

1

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1948

2

2

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1949

2

3

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1950

2

4

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1951

2

5

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1952

2

6

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1953

2

7

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1954

2

8

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1955

2

9

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1956

2

10

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1957

2

11

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1958

2

12

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1959

2

13

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1960

2

14

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1961

2

15

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1962

2

16

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1963

2

17

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1964

2

18

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1965

2

19

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1966

2

20

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1967

2

21

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1968

2

22

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1972

2

23

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1975

2

24

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1978 – 1979

2

25

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1980

2

26

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1981

2

27

Ex  -CBI  Round Up  1982

2

28

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1984

2

29

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1985

 

 

 

3

1

Ex – CBI  Round Up 1986

3

2

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1987

3

3

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1988

3

4

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1989

3

5

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1990

3

6

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1991

3

7

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1992

3

8

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1993

3

9

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1994

3

10

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1995

3

11

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1997

3

12

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1998

3

13

Ex – CBI  Round Up  1999

3

14

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2000

3

15

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2001

3

16

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2002

3

17

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2003

3

18

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2004

3

19

Ex – CBI  Round Up  2005

3

20

Operation Downfall Manuscript

3

21

Toledo Basha News, 1989

3

22

Toledo Basha News, 1990

3

23

Toledo Basha News, 1991

3

24

Toledo Basha News, 1992

3

25

Toledo Basha News 1995

3

26

Toledo Basha News 2003

3

27

World War II Magazine July 1995

 

 

 

 

 

Series 2: Artifacts

OS*

 

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc. Official flag

4

 

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc. Wooden shield

4

 

China-Burma-India Veteran Assoc. gavel

 

 

 

5

 

Series 3.  Meeting videos

 

1

CBI state meeting, 1992; Banquet and installation of officers, 1992-1993

 

2

CBI state meeting, 1993

 

3

CBI meeting, Napoleon, OH, 1999

 

4

CBI state meeting, 2001

 

5

CBI meeting, Pemberville, OH, 2001

 

6

CBI meeting, Holiday Inn West, 2001; CBI meeting, Elmore, OH, 2001

 

7

CBI meeting, n.d.

* Located near oversize cabinets behind wooden shelves

 

Last Updated: 1/23/12