Naval Bombardment on Bardia, Libya. A British Navy officer aboard a British war ship looks through binoculars. Naval guns are fired. Black smoke rises up. The seaport is bombarded. A large number of prisoners walk. The prisoners are loaded on railroad cars. Prisoners board ships in large number.
Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The North African Campaign, 1940: British tanks and infantry advance over the Libyan Desert. Soldiers fire artillery. Masses of Italian prisoners marched by British soldiers. The campaign on the Eastern Front, 1941: Nazi tanks advance under Luftwaffe air cover. Junker Ju 87 or Stukas drop bombs. Street fighting in Russia. Russian aircraft in flight. The pilots in the aircraft. Soldiers on tanks. Burning tanks. Soldiers run for cover past corpses on the battlefield.
Italian warships maneuvering in the Mediterranean during World War 2. Destroyers pass a Corazzata-class Italian battleship. Italian IMAM Ro.43 reconnaissance planes are launched from a battleship. Two Corazzata-class Italian battleships underway. Change of scene shows the island of Malta, viewed from a low flying airplane. A formation of Italian CANT Z.508 seaplane bombers flying overhead to attack Malta. View from ground on Malta of anti-aircraft flak burst clouds in the air above. Smoke rising from bomb bursts. Glimpse of a large British warship slowly easing out of its dock. Single engine aircraft overhead moving through heavy flak clouds. More bomb explosions. Local people seeking refuge from bombing. People perusing destroyed buildings. A formation of British Bristol Blenheim light bombers in flight over North Africa. British forces firing artillery in Libya. War materiel abandoned by retreating Italian forces in Eritrea and Somaliland. British troops and a contingent of Ethiopian troops march into Addis Ababa, escorting Emperor Haile Selassie as he is restored to his throne in May, 1942. Next, German armor in North Africa is seen burning. A knocked out German tank viewed through window of a British armored vehicle. More burning German armor. German aircraft destroyed on the ground at an airbase. Bombs lined up on the ground. Huge number of Italian prisoners of war marching across the desert in Libya.
War-weary troops evacuated from former Allied territory arrive in Egypt. The soldiers relax and smile. British Royal Navy warships underway to attack Italian installations in Libya. An airplane is launched from a British aircraft carrier. Gun crews bring shells on deck for heavy naval guns. A British sailor writes on one: "This'll make you whistle." Scenes of heavy naval bombardment of Italian military installations and the port at Tripoli, Libya. Daylight scenes reveal many sunken ships and destroyed Italian L11-39 tanks and military equipment.
A film titled 'British forces rout Italian;take prisoners' shows wrecked airplanes as British troops fire at Italian positions to capture a desert fort in Libya. Britishers take over the fort and tanks roll into the town. Italian soldiers taken as prisoners of war are seen. British officers pose for a photograph.
German soldiers battle against the British in their drive against Tobruk, Libya during World War II. Italian and German soldiers load and fire artillery. Fire and explosion at British positions. German General Erwin Rommel looks through binoculars. German soldiers seated near a trench. General Rommel speaks to the soldiers. The soldiers drink water from their canteens. Wrecked British armor. Black smoke rising from a number of knocked out British tanks. General Rommel confers with his officers from his command half-track "Greif." German soldiers tie a Nazi flag on the gun barrel of a British tank. Afrika Corps soldiers erect a prefabricated heavy duty wooden bridge over a small ravine. German armor advances past burning British vehicles. The Germans capture British supplies. A soldier seen carrying a large tin labeled "water." A contingent of the first captured British soldiers are marched toward the rear. Later, more than 20,000 British prisoners are seen streaming from Tobruk. German soldiers advance with captured British softskin vehicles. The artillery being towed by a truck. German Pz.III and Pz.IV tanks advance.