Relief activities of the Allies in Italy during World War 2. Opening scene shows a sailing Schooner under Allied Navy control, docked at a port in Italy following the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943. This schooner is being loaded with Allied Military Government (AMG) medical supplies. Closeup of wooden crates containing the supplies. American medical corpsmen checking a stream of water for mosquitoes, and then spraying the area from a DUKW. A hospital building and interior with Italian women holding their infants as they await checkups and innoculations against disease. Italian citizens in a street anxiously seeking food from the AMG. Local Italian police work to control the crowd in which some persons become unruly and have to be removed. American troops of the U.S. 5th Army marching along Italian roads. Troops riding on a Sherman tank and on a truck pulling an artillery field piece. Supply yard stacked high with food supplies for U.S. troops. (Narrator states it required 750 tons a day to feed the 5th Army.) Views of Naples harbor cluttered with 30 large ships and 300 smaller ones blown up or scuttled by retreating German forces. Firemen manning hoses to fight fires at the waterfront. Smoldering ruins in the port. Three months later, U.S. forces are seen operating supply missions through the port. View from a hill of the port with barrage balloon overhead. Closeup of flour being offloaded from holds of ships by derricks. Italian soldiers unloading the flour bags and placing them aboard trucks for transport to Italian commercial food companies. A U.S. Army Captain at a table with Italian businessmen who purchase the flour from AMG at a fair market price. Italian purchasers examining the flour. Flour being transported to bakers who bake it into bread. Young men busy making and baking loaves of bread. Loaves stacked up at the bakery. A big tray of fresh loaves being sampled by Italian officials and distributed to local Italian civilians who enjoy it.
U.S. 5th Army troops enter Naples, Italy during World War II. Troops and army vehicles enter Naples. Tanks roll into the city. U.S. troops on guard. Ships and boats at the port of Naples. Italian civilians greet the first units of the 5th Army entering Naples. Cheering civilians on a street.
Allies amass war supplies in Italy for drive on Rome. The Port of Naples, Italy. Tanks, guns and other war material is unloaded from the ships. The soldiers of the U.S. 5th Army help to unload and arrange the supplies.
Repair of collision damage to the USS Shangri La (CVA-38) in Naples, Italy. A bow view of the ship at anchor in Naples Harbor. The ship takes on slight port list to keep the damaged area out of water. U.S. Navy Skyraider A-1Hs seen on the flight deck port side. The bow anchor and port anchor are out. Port quarter view of Shangri La in Naples Harbor shows the flight deck filled with aircraft. The ship has slight port list until damage is repaired. A stern view of Shangri La at anchor in Naples Harbor. Breakwater seen at right.
Interior of B-24 aircraft. Muzzle of .50 caliber gun. Waist gun window and gun sight. B-24 aircraft flying. View of B24D "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in flight (SN 41-11913 of the 98th Bombardment Group, the B-24 Liberator unit nicknamed the "Pyramidiers". This aircraft went down May 1, 1943 after flying into another aircraft in a cloud). Front part of B-24 over muzzle of .50 cal gun. Aerial views of B-24s flying. B-24 named "The Witch" seen (SN 41-11840 of the 98th BG "Pyramiders". This aircraft was lost August 1, 1943 in Operation Tidal Wave raid of Ploiesti Romania oil refineries). Artwork on both of the above "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Witch" was painted by Amos Nicholson. Clip closes with echelon of three B-24s seen. Footage shot during return to base following bombing mission over Naples and Messina, Italy.
Fifth Army enters Naples in Italy during World War II. Convoy of ships on harbor of Naples. Soldiers and officers move in jeeps and trucks. Horse carts move on roads. Crowd of civilians watch the movement of the 5th Army. Soldiers sitting on trucks move on the roads of the city. Sign 'To Rome' on street. Soldiers buy food and merchants load potatoes in a military vehicle. Sign on Bank of Naples reads 'Mussolini Has Met His Finish, Hitler prepared for him'. Derailed street cars used as barricades. Rubble and debris at a bombed portion of Naples.