Tribesman hold flags, of the Kingdom of Italy, and branches gathered in a field, for a ceremony. Tribesmen in white robes take shelter under umbrellas. Tribal Chiefs,military officers and other dignitaries on the stage. The principal military official greets the crowd. A tepee-like bonfire appears to be made ready in the center of the field. The tribesmen begin the ceremony by charging and throwing the branches into a pile. Buildings in background are decorated with flags of the Kingdom of Italy.
Film opens with brief glimpse of a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea. A mosque is the most notable building in the scene. A unit of Somaliland Camel Corps rides along a desert ridge. They pass behind a staionary British light tank. Change of scene shows a parked Italian communications vehicle being approached by another vehicle. An Italian soldier wearing a headset flags down the approaching vehicle and gives a dispatch to a soldier standing in the vehicle, which promptly pulls away. Next, A column of British Vickers light tanks Mk VI, are seen moving along in the desert. The lead tank is a command variant with special communications gear. Closeups of the tanks as they pass the camera. Next, they are seen at a distance.
Civilians return to Italy during World War II. Italian hospital ship Saturnia (later the U.S. Army Hospital Ship Frances Y. Slanger) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Women and others on the deck of a ship. Civilians disembark from the Saturnia and the Vulcania as they return from East Africa. Women and children on the deck of a ship.
German officers tour Italy during World War II. Buildings in the background at a sea shore. Men seated at a desk type documents. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler with German officers in his private railroad car. People gather at a railroad station in Florence, Italy. They wave towards Hitler. The crowd cheers and applauds. Hitler is greeted by officers. Soldiers stand at attention. Italian citizens gathered cheer him and applaud. Hitler seated in a car passing on a street of Florence. People gather along the sides of streets. Buildings along street sides. Hitler and officials enter the Palazzo Vecchio. Scenes inside the palace, where German and Italian officials shake hands and discuss. Prime Minister of Italy Benito Mussolini and Commander-in-Chief of Italian North Africa Rodolfo Graziani at a station and later at a reception. Headline of Italian newspaper Il Barcello reading "Mussolini e Hitler a Firenze!" People gather in a large number and cheer on the Piazza della Signoria. Elevated view of the crowd from roof or a high balcony of the Palazzo Vecchio. Trumpet players on balcony play to crowd before Mussolini and Hitler appear. People cheer as the Italian and German leaders appear on the balcony.
This film is a scattering montage of World War 2 scenes from 1939 through 1945. Part of an agreement between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia is shown in English. It is dated June 1, 1939 and ostensibly signed by Adolf Hitler. Next, German Ju 87, Stuka dive bombers are shown peeling off from formation, on April 6, 1941, to attack Yugoslavia. Bombs bursting on the ground. Closeup of a Stuka airplane in a dive, making its characteristic whine, and dropping bombs. Bombs exploding just outside some concrete walls. German infantry running along railroad tracks and entering backyard of house in a village. German soldiers observing from overlooking hill; climbing over rubble; and marching along a road toward a village. Animated map showing German invasion areas early in World War II, extending through most of Europe and into Norway, by 1941. Animated map shows further invasions into France, Belgium, low countries, the Balkans, and Eastern front towards the Soviet Union. Map highlights Tokyo, Rome, and Berlin. Delegations walking in hall of building in Berlin, to sign Tripartite pact, on September 27, 1940. The group is led by by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian Foreign Minister, and Mussolini's son-in-law); Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's Foreign Minister and Japan’s Ambassador Saburō Kurusu. The diplomats are seen, next, standing near a table as Adolf Hitler enters rendering Nazi salute. He shakes hands with Count Ciano and Ambassador Kurusu. Hitler is seated to watch the proceedings. Von Ribbontrop is seen signing for Germany. Next scenes show German armored units heading East in Operation Barbarossa (June of 1941). A sign identifies the town of Eydtkau (Eydtkuhnen) on the German-Lithuanian border. German armor and artillery moving eastward. German troops destroying international crossing barriers. German troops firing siege guns. Montage with glimpses of German battle scenes showing tanks, guns, rockets in action with attendant explosions, fires, and destruction. Formations of German warplanes in flight, including Junkers Ju-52s that carry troops, including paratroops. View from above of Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England (which miraculously survived the Blitz). The Tower Bridge in London, seen through a haze. German Junkers 87 Stuka dive bombers peeling off from formation to attack. British anti-aircraft searchlights shining beams skyward. Diving bombers illuminated by the lights. Anti-aircraft guns firing. Nighttime scenes showing gunfire flashes, explosions, tracer bullets and fires in London. British fire brigades fighting fires in London buildings as some collapse from the German bombing during the so-called "Blitz." Scene shifts to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, as a Japanese bomb explodes on a U.S. Navy warship. The USS Arizona billowing smoke and listing as it succumbs to Japanese bombing. Another view of the Arizona sinking. Smoke rising from Battleship Row, at Pearl Harbor. Glimpse of postwar Nuremberg trial.
Italian warships maneuvering in the Mediterranean during World War 2. Destroyers pass a Corazzata-class Italian battleship. Italian IMAM Ro.43 reconnaissance planes are launched from a battleship. Two Corazzata-class Italian battleships underway. Change of scene shows the island of Malta, viewed from a low flying airplane. A formation of Italian CANT Z.508 seaplane bombers flying overhead to attack Malta. View from ground on Malta of anti-aircraft flak burst clouds in the air above. Smoke rising from bomb bursts. Glimpse of a large British warship slowly easing out of its dock. Single engine aircraft overhead moving through heavy flak clouds. More bomb explosions. Local people seeking refuge from bombing. People perusing destroyed buildings. A formation of British Bristol Blenheim light bombers in flight over North Africa. British forces firing artillery in Libya. War materiel abandoned by retreating Italian forces in Eritrea and Somaliland. British troops and a contingent of Ethiopian troops march into Addis Ababa, escorting Emperor Haile Selassie as he is restored to his throne in May, 1942. Next, German armor in North Africa is seen burning. A knocked out German tank viewed through window of a British armored vehicle. More burning German armor. German aircraft destroyed on the ground at an airbase. Bombs lined up on the ground. Huge number of Italian prisoners of war marching across the desert in Libya.