The annual departure of the Greek sponge flotilla in Greece. Sailors make preparations for sponge flotilla before leaving for the 7 months voyage for hunting sponge. Sailors near sponge. Men carry things on ship. A priest performs a ritual ceremony. A mother blesses her son and greets him. A fleet of ships departures. Families and loved ones give heartfelt farewells.
Film about USIA "Operation Vagabond," employing Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC Courier WAGR-410). View of the "Courier," at sea. It is bristling with antennas, and displaying numerous flags, permitting it to operate in many territorial waters. View from her deck to land on the Island of Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. View of sign over a ship's hatch, reading,"Relay Broadcast Receiving Room." Inside, two crew members are seen operating equipment that instantaneously re-transmits Voice of America broadcasts. A sign "On Air," is illuminated in the compartment. Operators seen adjusting various pieces of broadcast equipment. Back on deck, camera focuses on a helium-filled balloon, holding the ship's transmission antenna, aloft. View from another ship, of the "Courier," and the helium balloon, in the distance. Illustrated chart shows fractions of VOA listeners behind the "Iron Curtain," and in mainland China. Cartoon illustrating penalties for VOA listeners. Polish escapee, interpreter, Jan Hajdukiewicz, is seen broadcasting on VOA microphone. He fled the Communist delegation during Korean truce talks at Panmunjom.
NATO Naval maneuvers involving forces from Turkey, Greece, Italy, Great Britain, and Canada, with U.S. Naval and air units, in the Mediterranean area. American Lieutenant General Paul Kendall, Commander of Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe, and Admiral William Fechteler, USN, Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, are seen with Turkish and Greek Commanders. They observe part of "Exercise Keystone," in which U.S. Marines make amphibious landings. U.S. marines (umpires, with white bands on their caps) hold up a large display showing disposition of naval forces engaged in the exercise. Brief view from hill, of landing craft heading toward the beach. Turkish and Greek planes fly low over the beachhead. U.S. Marines hit the beach in landing craft (Higgins Boats) from the U.S. Navy Attack Transports, USS Randall (APA-224) and USS Sarasota (APA-204). Some marines must wade ashore. U.S. Navy Landing Ship Utility LSU-971, is seen close to the beach. A dozer tank equipped with flotation gear is discharged from a landing craft onto the beach. Closeup of tank tracks in motion. Marine manning weapon in turret of the tank.The U.S. Marines fortify their positions before advancing inland. Closeup of tank plowing through sand. Observers watching in background. A DUKW amphibious landing craft drives ashore. Marines move inland and begin establishing defenses. Turkish infantry are seen charging across the area (possibly playing role of "enemy."
Liberation of Greece. Animated map of Athens, Greece. Allies forces return to Greece after victory. Celebration: Greek ring the bell. British troops dock in Greece and march into Athens. Workers carry the boxes of water for victims of malaria. Boxes of water displayed. Shows the return of Prime Minister George Papandreou on October 18, 1944. Large crowd welcomes and cheers the Prime Minister George Papandreou and display banners for liberating their country. Prime Minister Papandreou puts the wreath on grave and honors two unknown soldiers. British Lt. Gen Ronald Scobie salutes. General Scobie and Prime Minister Papandreou honor the two unknown soldiers. British Armored unit receive enthusiastic welcome. Sign of 'The Greek People Welcome EAM', and 'Welcome Great Allies KKE'. Greek people welcome the National Liberation Front (EAM) and Communist Party of Greece (KKE). Citizens buy food with inflated currency.
People celebrate Liberation of Greece by Allied Forces in Athens, Greece during World War II. The British battleships underway. The British troops aboard a ship in the foreground. The troops disembark the ship at Athens port. The troops march in a squad. The troops marching. British troops greeted by civilians. The civilians crowd at the Constitution Square. The crowd cheer and hold banners. The troops celebrate liberation at the Constitution Square. The British troops lined up. The Greek Parliament Building. Premier of Greece Andreas Papandreou pays wreath to the unknown soldiers. The soldiers stand in formation. A view of the city. The soldiers holding flags of Greece, march. The soldiers stand in formation. Premier Papandreou hoists the flag. A soldier in the foreground salutes. The civilians salute as the flag is hoisted. A view of the city.
Italy invades Greece during World War II. An Italian aircraft in flight as it drops bombs over Greece. Bombs impact and smoke rises up. Italian tanks roll and troops advance. A military truck. Soldiers load shells in an artillery and fire it. Greek Premier Ioannis Metaxas reviews an honor guard in Greece. Greek soldiers march in review. Scottish soldiers in skirts also march at the parade. Italian soldiers in Sidi Barrani, Egypt. Soldiers fight and advance across a field.