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.
Italian Expeditionary Forces at Northern Africa Front. Soldiers of Italian Expedition Force comes out of fox holes. They run out from dugouts. Machine gun emplacement at battle field. Soldiers fire guns. They look through binocular. Trucks and bikes in field. Soldiers run in trenches. Soldiers run in field with machine guns and fire in prone position. Airborne troops land on isolated emergency airfield built by Britishers on the desert. Paratroopers destroy gasoline and munition dumps in field. Soldiers stand with covered artillery. Troops get in aircraft with guns. Italian Expeditionary Forces in Malta: Air raid over Malta. Pilots get on planes. Plane taxis and takes off. Airplane in flight. Pilots in cockpit. Air plane in flight over sea. Aerial view of Malta Island.
British convoy of steamers and destroyers underway off the coast of Malta, as part of the allied Malta supply convoy operation. Enemy planes attack the convoy. Antiaircraft (AA) guns fired at the planes. Bombs explode in sea. Tracer bullets fill the night sky.
Animated map of Malta and its neighboring countries. Various animated routes to Malta. Scenes of ships in sea. A man sees through binoculars. Bombings on the city. Firing by anti-aircraft gun. Italian bomber aircrafts in air. An antiaircraft gun shoots an Italian aircraft. The aircraft crashes into sea. Firing going on at night. Scenes of damaged ships. A van lifted up to a ship. Food stock in sacks. British flag atop a building.
Scenes of City of Malta. Bombs exploding in background. Destroyed buildings and street. Scenes of destroyed Church. Crowd listens to services at the Church. Bombs being dropped on Malta.
Montage of scenes arranged to convey essence of British efforts to support Malta by ship convoys through the Mediterranean Sea during World War 2. Animated map showing Axis aircraft over the supply routes. A British convoy in the Mediterranean. A sailor scanning for German aircraft. Formation of German Dornier Do-17 bombers overhead. Glimpse in plane's cockpit. On a British ship underway, an antiaircraft gun crew takes action and fires. Insert of a German JU-88 bomber in flight. Antiaircraft gunfire downing a German plane that crashes into the sea. Inserted headon view of a German Me-109 in flight. British gunner rotates to vertical following an attacking airplane overhead (not seen). Inserted view of airplanes in a dogfight at high altitude generating contrails. An aircraft crashing into the sea. Gunners on an Allied aircraft carrier firing at German airplanes. A Junkers Ju-88 viewed from deck of a ship as it drops a bomb. A Ju-88 shot down and crashing into the sea. Supply ship arriving at Malta, passing by its fortifications. Men in small boats surround the ship, at anchor. Bags of food supplies piled up on a wharf and filling an open boat. Local people lined up on the pier and picking up supplies.