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Newsreel 'The invasion of Sicily! 1943'

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. (World War II period).

Date: 1943, July
Duration: 8 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Amphibious operations in Italy, during Operations Husky and Avalanche. General hazards of wartime amphibious assaults including those in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

American soldiers in Italy, during Allied Operation Husky, and Operation Avalanche in World War 2. In landings at Salerno, Italy, soldiers pause their movements while two use a detector to search for possible buried mines. They detect one and are seen carefully digging it up from the sandy soil. Soldiers unroll steel matting across an area of beach. Close-up of heavy trucks moving across the matting. A bulldozer uses a cable to pull a section of temporary docking out of an LST (Landing ship tank). Troops move across several sections of such docking as they make their way onto the shore. A sherman tank making its way toward the shore . More heavy equipment coming ashore from LSTs, including a US M1 155mm “Long Tom” Gun. The gun being towed on shore, as trucks and jeeps maneuver through shallow water nearby. A long line of jeeps and trucks moving inland. Military vehicles being offloaded from the British Landing Ship Tank (HM LST-200). U.S. troops moving on a beachhead, along with artillery pieces, and vehicles. Soldiers carrying boxes of supplies and ammunition and struggling with large wooden crates of such, in shallow surf, and using a roller conveyor to offload some heavy items from a ship. A landing craft suspended from a cable operated A-Frame on wheels (in the water). At this point the thrust of the film shifts to illustrate the hazards of amphibious operations, in general. Swamped vehicles and a landing craft in the surf. The beach littered with damaged and swamped landing craft and equipment, including, among others, a landing craft from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). A huge explosion in the water. Glimpse of a German Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka) dive bomber attacking while being shot down by a U.S. sailor firing an anti-aircraft gun . View from above of sailors firing twin bofors 40mm antiaircraft cannons from an emplacement on a ship. Several German Junkers Ju 87 planes maneuvering as they attack. Quad bofors antiaircraft guns firing from a ship. More attacking Ju-87 dive bombers on the attack. A dramatic explosion and smoke from the Liberty ship SS Robin Rowan after being hit by a German bomb off the coast of Gela, Sicily on July 11, 1943. A landing ship burning from German bombing, off Gela, Sicily, with its deck full of halftrack and personnel carrier vehicles. The film continues the theme of losses encountered in wartime amphibious assaults, by shifting to the Pacific theater of operation, where a Landing Ship Tank (LST) is seen ablaze, off Guadalcanal, after being hit by Japanese shelling. View from beach with barbed wire, ashore, of the burning LST. Sherman tanks lost in a conflagration aboard an LST. Sailors carry a casualty on a litter, and place it next to other fallen crew members, on deck.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allied forces amphibious landing in Sicily in 1943. German Stuka aircraft dive bomb and destroy an allied LST.

Activities of the Seabees during Allied invasion of Sicily, in World War II. Seabees lash sections of floating causeway to LST. Allied troops landing on the beach of Sicily shores between Licata and Gela. Seabees install floating causeway from LST to the beach. A bulldozer goes from the LST to the beach over the causeway. "Enemy" Italian troops volunteer to help with the unloading. German stuka dive bombers attack the allied beachhead and destroy an LST. Sherman tanks reach the beachhead from other LSTs using the floating causeways. Vehicles, artillery, and troops move ashore over the causeways.

Date: 1943, July 10
Duration: 4 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. DUKWs (six-wheel drive amphibious trucks) bring supplies from a U.S. ship off the coast of Gela during World War II.

A U.S. LST (Landing Craft Tank) off the coast of Gela, Sicily, Italy prior to its invasion during World War II. Two DUKW (six-wheel drive amphibious truck) head for the LST stationary off the coast of Gela. A DUKW enters the LST. DUKWs loaded with supplies leave the LST and head for the shore. A DUKW approaches the shore. U.S. troops on the shore of Gela.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. Army Lieutenant General Patton comes onto a shore in a landing craft in Sicily, Italy during World War II.

Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy during World War II. U.S. Army Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Commander of the U.S. Seventh Army, along with a soldier aboard a troop ship. Soldiers mark a sheet. Lt. Gen. Patton with a cigar in his mouth as he goes over the side of the ship. He climbs down a rope net into a landing craft. Lt. Gen. Patton seated aboard the landing craft, accompanied by several armed soldiers and officers, including a Brigadier General, as it approaches a beach in the Gulf of Gela, South-Central Sicily. A captain and soldier help Lt. General Patton to get off the landing craft. Patton and officers, including the Brigadier General who accompanied him on the landing craft, stand together on the beach. Patton and the Brigadier General both wear 1st Armored Division patches on their uniforms. General Patton stands watching as army vehicles including trucks,halftracks,jeeps, and heavy armor, offload from Landing ships. Officers and soldiers on the beach take temporary cover as explosions occur close offshore, from enemy artillery fire.

Date: 1943, July
Duration: 2 min 16 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Allied ships underway in the Mediterranean Sea and anchor off the coast of Sicily, Italy during World War II.

Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy during World War II. Allied convoy of ships underway in the Mediterranean Sea between Gela and Scoglitti. Landing crafts circle around the ships. A soldier comes down a landing net alongside a ship. Ships anchored off the coast of Sicily. A barge comes alongside a ship.

Date: 1943, July 10
Duration: 1 min 43 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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