Italian naval maneuvers in Civitavecchia, Italy during World War II. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini and German Chancellor Adolf Hitler. Soldiers on the terrace of a building to watch the naval maneuvers. Two aircraft in flight as smoke puffs rise from the coast below. The smoke rises as chemical shells burst in a valley during the maneuvers as Mussolini and Hitler review. Billows of smoke rise up as explosions occur at sea. A boat in the foreground. Two passenger ships being bombarded and pillars of smoke rise up.
Liberation of Rome, Italy from German forces by Allied troops. Opening scenes are of German occupation of Rome earlier in the war during winter campaign, and German forces marching British and American captured allied forces through the streets of Rome. Coliseum seen in background as Allied forces are marched by German armed guards. Buildings along the sides of the street. Rubbled buildings and wrecked equipment in the city. German Field Marshall Albert Kesselring looking through field glasses at battlefield. Smoke arises due to firing and bombardment from the Allied and the German army. Heavy artillery is fired including German 280mm cannon. After Germans retreat, the U.S. forces of the 5th Army enter Rome in triumph. U.S. Army General Mark Clark enters with other officers and soldiers in the city. Civilians cheering and applauding. U.S. troops and tanks passing through the city. Bells of Saint Peters basilica ringing. A large crowd gathers near the basilica. Pope Pius XII addressing the crowd. Prince Umberto II of Italy arrives in front of the crowd. Crowd cheering and applauding. American soldiers queue to enjoy real beer served from wooden barrels, made from supplies shipped from the United States. Smiling soldiers fill metal cups with beer. Wrecked railroad marshalling yards in Civitavecchia Italy are seen, as U.S. Army soldiers inspect an abandoned large German Krupp K5 rail gun (Krupp 28-cm-Kanone 5 (E). The gun shown here is either "Robert" or "Leopold" as termed by the Germans, also known by Allied names "Anzio Annie" or "Anzio Express".
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.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
Allied invasion fleet of over three thousand ships crosses the Mediterranean Sea. American, British and Canadian Armies along with other countries involved in the 'Operation Husky'. General George Patton receives the battle flag. Amphibious assault on the Gulf of Gela. Naval guns fired. Troops advance in the town of Gela. Civilians are seen. Landmines are cleared. General Lucian Truscott seen. Attack of fighter planes.