WE SCORCH EARTH IN BURMA - REMARKABLE PICTURES FROM YENANGYAUNG, BURMA, 16 APRIL 1942
On 16 April the electricity and generating plant at the Yenangyaung oilfields, Burma, was "scorched" by British engineers and crashed in flame and smoke as Japanese forces closed in. The plant produced power for 85 per cent of the oil production in Burma. So successful was the demolition work that the Japanese will be unable to extract the oil for at least a year. Picture shows:- A tank farm being blown up. The volatile oil ignites at once and a huge fireball is caused.