'Italian munitions 1914-1918 ' Men mine iron ore at a hilly region in Italy. Iron ore transported in trolleys and then shipped. Trolleys carrying iron ore unloaded at a port in Italy and placed on trailers with a crane. Coking ovens are emptied and blast furnace charged with the ore and coke. Furnace is tapped and molten steel poured giving a fiery flare. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Crowd fills the Plaza Venezia in Rome where Benito Mussolini appears on the balcony of the Piazza Venezia (formerly known as the Palace of St Mark) in Italy, on June 10, 1940. He announces that Italy has entered World War 2 on the side of the Axis powers. Views of the jubilant crowd waving Italian and some Swastika flags. Next, a road sign points to Paris and to Poissons, in France followed by view of German troops triumphantly entering Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. View of the Eiffel Tower, and of a German flag flying atop it. More views of German troops marching through Paris. A German railway gun firing. (Narrator implies that the target is the Maginot Line, which is not correct. It was bypassed by the Germans, negating need to attack it directly.) Other German railway guns and siege mortars firing and many huge explosions and fires are seen, including some from flame throwers. Next, German troops are seen marching around a circle where a railroad car is parked near Compiègne, France. This rail car is the scene of Germany's surrender to France in World War I. Statue of French Marshal Foch, who had then, received the delegates of vanquished Germany here. Adolf Hitler walking past a German Honor Guard, salutes. He is accompanied by Marshal Hermann Goering and other high ranking military persons. The nearby 1918 "Alsace-Lorraine monument" is covered by a German flag. The German delegation headed by Hitler and Goering, enter the rail car and take their places. Outside, the French delegation, headed by General Charles Huntziger, is escorted by German officers. They enter the car and he German delegation stands. Both delegations exchange salutes. Next, Hitler is seen stepping from the rail car, followed by Goering. The German delegation walks past the honor guard, and Hitler salutes them. German and French officials still in the rail car exchange salutes. Hitler expresses jubilation.
U.S. Army 155mm artillery guns hidden in bushes and firing in Italy. Camouflaged muzzle of guns seen firing. Smoke rises from the top of the hills and other targets. Seen are both M1917/M1918 155-mm Howitzer (Schneider) and M1/M2 Gun (Long Tom).
Men working in ruins of bombed out city of Avellino, Italy. Men with various equipment cleaning up the remains and debris of wrecked buildings. People working in ruins, people gather at the public square, several people moving on carts, bicycles and signs on the wrecked buildings seen in background, including "Germania 1918" and "Plaza Centrale" on the Red Cross building. Sign of 'Danger Unexploded Bomb' is planted in the rubble.
In final days of World War 1, October, 1918,Italian troops are seen proceeding against Astro-Hungarian forces. The Italians advance and employ a large searchlight over the trenches at night. Shells burst above the battlefield. After Austria requested an armistice (signed on November 3rd) Austrian troops are seen surrendering in large numbers and assembling in open areas. Meanwhile, Italian troops enter the city of Trento.
Montage of scenes with soldiers returning to Italy and France at end of World War 1. A large troop ship docked at a port in Italy, carrying returning Italian soldiers. Huge crowd assembled on the wharf. Supplies being unloaded from a ship. A few U.S. soldiers are seen. A field kitchen set up on the wharf and Italian troops being fed. American and Italian flags fly above the wharf shelter roof. Crowds on streets in France. French General Petain enters a car and is given a large bouquet of flowers (which he promptly gives to an officer accompanying him in the front seat of the car). French President Poincare joins Petain in the back seat of the car and they drive away. Scene shifts to the port in Italy, again. Men wave the Italian Naval ensign flag.