Opening scene shows the USS Savannah (CL 42), on 11 September, 1943, after being struck by a German remotely controlled glider bomb released from a high flying German aircraft, She was supporting Allied amphibious operations at Salerno, Italy, in World War 2. Next, after fires were put out and smoke cleared, The disabled Savannah is seen sitting low in the water, making way slowly, among other Naval Task force ships in the background. (She made way to Malta under her own steam for emergency repairs.) Views of the Savannah passing as she heads for Malta. A Fletcher class destroyer fires her naval guns at the shore. Attack transports and other support ships are seen nearby. More views of support ships, including the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). A barrage balloon seen above the convoy in some scenes. Sailors manning a Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun aboard a U.S. warship. A British Escort Carrier with number 337 on her bow. Sailors with a Oerlikon 20 mm cannon aboard a warship. The British Escort Carrier seen earlier, (with number 337 on her bow) passes the camera ship. Aircraft are seen on her flight deck. A Navy warship firing 40mm Bofors and 5-inch guns as it lays down a smoke screen.
Black clouds over the area. Scenes of bombardments on the city, in Malta. Military vans on the roads of the city. Scene of devastated buildings of museum, church and hospital. Nuns help people. A busy street in Malta. Scene of a windmill. A soldier near a big pig. Citizens are fed at a community center. Vegetables in baskets. A man notes down on a pad.
Lord Louis Mountbatten inaugurates telecommunication service between Malta and England from Electra House, London. Car of Lord Mountbatten arrives. People stand besides road with umbrellas.Mountbatten takes off his over coat, his wife stands besides him. They pose for photographers with chairman of London Telecommunication services. Lord Louis rolls picture to machine and presses a button. Governor of Malta gets the message of goodwill signed by Lord Mountbatten. Men work at Telecommunication office. Chairman, lady and Lord Mountbatten address workers of Electra house. Chairman speaks. Lord Louis comes and speaks. He thanks and appraises workers of telecom unit. He speaks about the telegram he got from the Commander of Forces in Japan. People present in the hall laugh at the humorous incident.
Children attend an outdoor school in a city in Malta. An alert sounds. British soldiers come to their positions. British spitfire fighter planes take off. Anti-aircraft crew man their guns. Nazi bomber planes appear. An aerial battle ensues during which two of the bombers are downed. A man reads a newspaper.
Scene at an airfield filled with German and Italian warplanes. Me 109s and Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers among them. Ground crew refueling a Stuka dive bomber. German pilot reclines in shade under wing. Crewman adjusts machine guns. Stukas and He 111 bombers taking off and flying in formations. View of bombs dropping from He 111 bombers. A Stuka dive bomber in vertical dive and pulling out. Bombs exploding on Allied targets in Valletta,Malta.
U.S. Naval cruiser damaged during World War II in Agropoli, Italy. USS Savannah (CL-42) catches fire after it is hit by a German Fritz-X radio-controlled bomb. Smoke rising from USS Savannah. Another warship sailing near the Savannah (USS Hopi or USS Moreno). A motor torpedo sailing away from the damaged cruiser. Various side views of the damaged Savannah. Crew members moving on the deck. Scenes of smoke arising from the gun turret as the warship progresses toward Malta for further aid.