340th bomb group bombs over Cortone, Italy; operate from Catania in September 1943. 340th bomb group in flight to hit the bombs over Marshalling yards. Aerial view of target Marshalling yards in Cortone. Explosions over target.
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.
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.
Interior of B-24 aircraft. Muzzle of .50 caliber gun. Waist gun window and gun sight. B-24 aircraft flying. View of B24D "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in flight (SN 41-11913 of the 98th Bombardment Group, the B-24 Liberator unit nicknamed the "Pyramidiers". This aircraft went down May 1, 1943 after flying into another aircraft in a cloud). Front part of B-24 over muzzle of .50 cal gun. Aerial views of B-24s flying. B-24 named "The Witch" seen (SN 41-11840 of the 98th BG "Pyramiders". This aircraft was lost August 1, 1943 in Operation Tidal Wave raid of Ploiesti Romania oil refineries). Artwork on both of the above "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Witch" was painted by Amos Nicholson. Clip closes with echelon of three B-24s seen. Footage shot during return to base following bombing mission over Naples and Messina, Italy.
Italian partisans execute Mussolini. Body of Mussolini on a street of the village Giulino di Mezzegra in Italy. Italian soldiers near his body. Early pictures of Mussolini from 1938 to 1943. Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in 1943. Pictures of Mussolini some time before his death.
Troops of Italian Co-Belligerent Army. The Italian First Motorized Group, the first Italian unit to fight alongside the Allies after the armistice of September, 1943, moves to the front in early December, 1943. Italian soldiers stand on roadway. They look at maps and talk. Two soldiers with dog. Italian officer speaks to the soldiers. Soldiers listen to officer, holding pen and papers. Soldiers unroll telephone wires. Soldiers load barracks bags on truck. Truck loaded with soldiers drives past. Men wave the soldiers. A convoy of trucks moves along road. Civilians with carts move in opposite direction. Trucks parked in Italian town. A soldier waves the flag. Soldiers talk with civilians. Soldiers stand on sidewalk. Trucks cross bridge.