First Meeting between British 8th Army and the American 5th Army, 35 miles south of Salerno, on a high mountain road near Agropoli, during World War 2. PR officer from the London Irish Army and War Correspondents meet the U.S. Army's 3rd platoon, 36th Division Recon Cavalry troops. The U.S. Army soldiers wait in jeeps at a bend in the road. When the British group arrives they stop and talk together. Then views of a company of the 504 Abn Infantry on the Via Roma entering Albanella Italy. A half-track personnel carrier is seen followed by several M10 Tank destroyers. from Company C of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, driving through town on September 14th, 1943. Views of M4 Sherman tanks on the roads of Albanella. (Note: The location where Infantry and tank views was taken has been identified as the intersection of Via Piazzie Chiesa and Via Roma at coordinates: 40 degrees 28' 41.29"N/15 degrees 06' 52.24"E.)
U.S. Naval cruiser damaged during World War II in Agropoli, Italy. USS Savannah (CL-42) catches fire after it is hit by a German Fritz-X radio-controlled bomb. Smoke rising from USS Savannah. Another warship sailing near the Savannah (USS Hopi or USS Moreno). A motor torpedo sailing away from the damaged cruiser. Various side views of the damaged Savannah. Crew members moving on the deck. Scenes of smoke arising from the gun turret as the warship progresses toward Malta for further aid.
Amphibious landings of Allied soldiers in Agropoli, Italy during the Italian Campaign of World War II. U.S. soldiers of 34th Infantry Division and British soldiers move down the gangplank of a ship. Soldiers embark on LCTs (Landing Craft Tanks) which move them close to a beach, at which point the soldiers disembark into DUKWs (six-wheel drive amphibious trucks). DUKWs loaded with soldiers move towards the shore. They move up a beach. Infantrymen disembark from the DUKWs and move along the beach.
View of U.S. Navy Cruiser Savannah on fire due to direct bomb hit and smoke rising from the deck. General Mark W Clark steps down the ladder of another ship (the SS Anon). General boards a PT boat near the ship. Men on PT boat give hand and help General to get on safely.
July 10, 1943, U.S. invades Sicily in Italy. Fleet of warships underway. Navy bombardment of Sicily. Coast Guardsman observes through binoculars. Coast Guardsmen carry troops and supplies in LCVPs (Higgins Boats). LST-356 approaching Blue Beach 2, in the "Cent" area on July 10, 1943, loaded with tanks and other vehicles. A beach master signals with semaphore flags. Troops landing from assault boats. Concentrated enemy air attacks destroy U.S. boats and ships. Enemy aircraft in flight. U.S. troops firing. A map shows Italy. September 9, 1943, amphibious assault on Anzio, Italy. Naval bombardment, followed by troop assault on the beaches.
Convoy of ships at the harbor in Salerno, Italy. Aerial view of ships moving in the sea, aircraft bombing on ships and infantry reinforcement heading in landing crafts. Wounded soldiers in basket litter hoisted to aboard landing craft. Men help in pulling the litter on the landing craft. An army truck coming out from the landing craft while infantrymen getting down along with the wounded ones at the sea shore. A downed U.S. fighter plane at the shore in background is visible while soldiers and infantrymen move in army vehicles in front of it.