Ruins in the city of Livorno, Italy during the Italian Campaign of World War II. Aerial views of damaged harbor of Livorno after Allied bombings. Ruins in Livorno. A view of sunken ships. A damaged pier. Soldiers walk over to a parapet. Ruins in the city. Three soldiers walking along a road carry a full size mannequin dummy of a person.
U.S. soldiers in Italy during World War 2. M8 and T27 armored cars, of the U.S. 91st Reconnaissance Squadron, cross narrow pontoon bridge over a river in Leghorn (Livorno) Italy. A destroyed steel bridge and bombed out buildings in background.
U.S. tanks and soldiers in Livorno, Italy during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The soldiers and the tanks advance. The soldiers walk past a sign which reads 'PISA'. The soldiers and the tanks move along a street. Italian civilians cheer as the troops advance. Soviet partisans carry an American flag and march along the street. A unit of Japanese-American U.S. Army soldiers from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team rest and lean against a wall. Wrecked buildings in the city. Close-up views of the faces of three Japanese-American U.S. Army soldiers of the 442nd regiment as they look at a bulletin board with warning notices written in German and Italian, and then walk away. A Japanese-American soldier looks at a road sign on which an arrow points to Rome and Pisa and has an extra sign added for Los Angeles. He smiles and laughs at the sign.
Film opens showing relatives of fallen American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who made the ultimate sacrifice in the European theater of operations, during World War 2. They were members of the United states 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The relatives are assembled in an auditorium at a military installation in Hawaii, where the 100th Infantry is conducting a ceremony honoring their fallen heroes. Camera pans over some of the relatives. Decorations for valor are presented posthumously to some of the surviving relatives. A widow receives the Silver Star. A father receives the Distinguished Service Cross. A mother receives her son's award. Film shifts to scenes showing artillery batteries of the 100th Infantry in action at numerous battles in the Italian Campaign, including Naples, Cassino, Rapido River, Pisa, Anizo and others. A column of 100th Infantry accompanied by armor, are seen entering Livorno, Italy. Members in a jeep are seen passing through area of complete destruction. Others pick their way through rubble, as civilians bass the opposite way,carrying salvaged belongings, Troops of the 100th move cautiously and deploy near barricades to shield from snipers. They escort captured German prisoners. Battle casualties are seen being carried into field hospitals. A medical team performing emergency surgury inside a tent. Convalescing patients being tended by a woman Army nurse. Others recovering outside tents at the field hospital. A group of 100th infantry troops taking a break. One of their medics is interviewed. Gunners seen with Browning M1917 machine gun. Troops preparing a meal in the field. On presenting paper airplanes to Italian children who fly them. M4 Sherman tank parked on Italian street. Battalion members attending a Roman Catholic mass in the field. Army interviewer asks one of the troops why he fights in the U.S. Army. He responds.
The Naval academy in Livorno, Italy. Naval Cadets march in uniform led by a band. They undergo drill in a large open ground. Officers look through binoculars. Ship sails on water surface.
American Troop Carrier crews gather for a briefing on August 14, 1944, the day before the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France, in World War 2. The captions then refer to their return to the UK later that month, and to the United States in October 1944. The air crews are seen assembled outdoors at an airfield in Italy. The weather is hot and some of them are without shirts. Some wear Khaki shorts. Views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, taken when some aircrew members return to the United States in October 1944.