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.
The Allied Campaign in Italy during World War II. The campaign begins on September 23,1943. British 8th Army troops get onto ships . British 8th Army Commander General Bernard Montgomery. British soldiers land in Calabria, Italy. 8th Army troops advance. Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard a ship. The Italian fleet surrenders. U.S. 5th Army soldiers loaded in a ship under the command of U.S. Army General Mark Clark as they head for Salerno, Italy. Allied aircraft provide a cover to the convoy underway at sea. German soldiers and equipment in Salerno. Allied troops land at a beach as the Germans open a heavy fire. Explosions occur at the beach. Allied naval guns are fired at German positions. Nazi aircraft attack to disrupt Allied landings. Royal Air Force and B-17s of the U.S. 9th Air Force aircraft in flight. Aerial view of bombs exploding on German positions. Dead soldiers at the beach. 8th Army soldiers advance inland. Artillery being fired. General Mark Clark with the soldiers after gaining the beachhead. 8th and 5th Army soldiers advance into Italy. A map depicts the position of Foggia, an Allied stronghold.
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.