A documentary television program depicts the role of U.S. soldiers in the Italian Campaign during World War II. Major General Rider of U.S. 34th Infantry Division speaks to Colonel Butler Commander of 168th Infantry Division. U.S. troops advance towards Dragoni. The troops fire artillery. The troops advance through the Volturno Valley. A soldier gives water to an injured. Soldiers carry injured on a stretcher. American-Japanese soldiers of 100th Infantry Division arrive. They stand in a line and are served food. The troops eat their food. Dead soldiers U.S. troops fire in Dragoni. Smoke rises in the foreground. A map of Italy showing Dragoni. The troops advance. A soldier treats an injured. Refugees walk in a street and are evacuated.
Convoy of French 2nd Moroccan Division equipped with American clothing and equipment, crosses a pontoon bridge over Volturno River near Dragoni in Italy. A destroyed concrete building in the background. The French Driven convoy of U.S. trucks,jeeps, DUKWs (amphibious trucks) and half-tracks passes through wet and muddy roads of the village of Dragoni.
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.