German and Italian warships battle Allied destroyers guarding convoy in the Mediterranean Sea, during World War II. Gun barrels of a German vessel firing. Water geysers appear as explosions occur at sea. A U.S. destroyer, in distance,returns fire. Explosions at sea. Four pom pom guns fired. Flak bursts in sky. Lone airplane diving.Bomb strikes a ship. Crew seen on stern of Italian torpedo boat. They launch torpedo that explodes with direct hit on Allied ship. Nazi Messerschmitt 110 aircraft in formation. One peels off. Ship struck by Italian torpedo is seen burning and sinking.
U.S. destroyers of Squadron 14, depart Norfolk, Virginia for the Mediterranean, in October, 1922.
Map showing the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding countries, from the Straits of Gibralter, and East to Black Sea and Red Sea. Various sea navigation routes are depicted through the water areas. U.S. Navy Clemson class destroyer, taking on supplies in Norfolk, Virginia. Sailors carrying sacks of supplies over their shoulders from a dock onto the ship. Women seen waving at the USS Barry (DD-248) in October 1922, as she departs Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the Mediterranean, to serve with the U. S. Naval Detachment in Turkish Waters. View of USS Kane (DD-235) with sailors lined up on her foredeck. View from stern of a Squadron 14 destroyer, of the USS Hatfield (DD-231) followed by the USS Barry (DD-248). View from bridge of a destroyer, as officer looks through binoculars at five other destroyers of Squadron 14, underway in a line. Sailors on deck of destroyer practice handling of small arms and on of the ship's 5-inch guns. Sailors spin propellors on tail of a torpedo and load it into one of a battery of three launching tubes. Sailors exercise by throwing a medicine ball.View from destroyer of 5 destroyers in line, astern, the first being USS Overton (DD-239). View from a destroyer as the Squadron enters harbor at Gibralter. Sailors climbing upon concrete pier from a long boat. Buildings on steep hills of Gibralter. The USS Hatfield and the USS Gilmer (DD-233) on either side of a supply ship. Views of Destroyer Squadron 14 ships anchored, along with other warships off Constantinople (Istanbul)in the Bosphorus straits. View from a high point in Constantinople. Camera pans over city and warships in the Bosphorus.
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.
German Navy crews aboard war ships underway in the Mediterranean sea. A boat in the sea. Sailors stand in formation on deck of a war ship. Sailors stand at the ship's rail. Sailors raise flags. Ships Underway in the Mediterranean sea. Crew raise semaphore flags to signal from ship to ship. Officers stand at the railing.
Two German officers conferring on land. Views of German U boats in the Mediterranean Sea during World War 1. Men on deck of U-Boat SM U-35 underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Men on the bridge of the U boat look through binoculars. Views of attacks by SM U-35 on several ships, including one sailing vessel with all sails up. A ship sinks after being attacked by the U boat. Crew of SM U-35 review a typed piece of paper with information on all target ships in the area. After sinking a ship, they cross off the line on the list for the ship "Brisbane River", which is listed as a 4,989 grt ship. (War records indicate the Brisbane River was sunk 17 April 1917, 140 miles west of Gibraltar.) Captain of a sunken ship being transferred from a life boat to the U-boat as a prisoner. Unterseeboot 35 strafes and torpedoes 3 other ships and all are shown sinking, including one sailing vessel. Views of German crew inside the U boat as they work on controls, view through periscope, and ready torpedo tubes. Crew also shown operating deck gun to fire on a target ship.
German Navy crews aboard war ships underway in the Mediterranean sea. Sailors pick up flags and raise flags. Boats being lowered from the ship's deck. A row boat loaded with sailors being lowered. Sailors row boats. A pulley system on ship. Sailors pull a row boat. Sailors come out of the row boat. Sailors stand on the ship's deck. Sailors pull a metal chain. Barrel in the foreground. Sailors stand in formation. A sailor rotates direction wheel of ship. A Mediterranean port seen from the sea. Boats at the port. A pier on the port. Two sailors walk on road.