Soldiers of the Italian Co-Belligerent Army. The Italian First Motorized Group, the first Italian unit to fight alongside the Allies after the armistice of September, 1943, move to the front in early December, 1943. Trucks loaded with soldiers driven. A convoy of trucks and jeeps moves along road. Soldiers seated in trucks with guns. Trucks pass signs of nearby towns: 'Venafro-Mignano' and 'Pietravairano'.
A documentary television program depicts the role of U.S. soldiers in the Italian Campaign during World War II. Animated map of Italy shows the location of mountains near the Mignano Valley. Operation Raincoat at Camino Hills. Troops fire guns at the hills. Smoke rises in the foreground. The soldiers fire guns. A soldier looks trough a binocular. The troops fire artillery. They capture Mount la Difensa, Mount la Remetanea and Mount Maggiore . Troops of Italian 1st Motorized Group advance and enter the Mignano area . The Italian troops construct a mud wall. The troops fire with guns on Mount Lungo . Smoke rises in the background. Firing at Mount Lungo. The troops fire guns in a small town San Pietro. 504th Division paratroopers along with their supplies and guns advance towards San Pietro. The troops advance. Soldiers look through binoculars. German aircraft in flight and lay a smoke screen. The soldiers look through binoculars. A narrow mine road and a tank moves on the road. Smoke rises due to firing. The troops enter the town. Damaged buildings in the town. The troops walk past damaged building. The people of San Pietro. Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Dwight D. Eisenhower visits San Pietro. Jeeps drive on a road.
U.S. 5th Army trucks carrying mules, drive through the center of war-torn Mignano, Italy., during World War 2. An MP (Military Policeman) stands in center of the intersection, directing traffic. The trucks drive past an Agip (Azienda Generale Italiana Petroli) gas station and war damaged buildings. Other army vehicles pass through the square on intersecting roads. A different view shows empty Army stake trucks moving past an open muddy area where a bulldozer and another vehicle are parked and a U.S sentry is posted. Scene shifts to Italians working on the remains of a destroyed building. Army trucks continue to drive through the MP-controlled intersection. A small donkey stands by a tree. Four local men and women picnic in the shade from building remains. Italian soldiers, standing in the back of a partially open truck, ride past the camera. More army trucks come through the town, carrying horses and mules, Closeups of the animals in the open trucks. An Italian soldier rides with mules, on one of trucks. Army trucks are seen parked in various places off the roads. Closeup of the MP directing traffic. His 5th Army shoulder patch is clearly visible. He uses hand signals and a whistle to direct traffic. The four Italians seen picnicking, earlier, are now in a sunny spot, outdoors, with their kitchen implements. Two troop trucks pass carrying a few soldiers, and towing damaged heavy field guns. Several Italian soldiers are seen in the second vehicle. More jeeps and trucks pass the MP at the intersection.
U.S. 5th Army vehicles cross two small bridges across the Volturno River, near Mignano, Italy, during World War 2. An MP (Military Policeman) monitors and directs traffic from side of the muddy road. Army engineers repair another bridge and use compressed air gun to drive fasteners. Closeup of the new bridge boards and construction work. Jeeps, trucks, personnel carriers, and other vehicles are all on the move. A destroyed civilian vehicle is seen at side of road.
Town of Mignano wrecked by shellfire in Italy. Destroyed railway tracks. Artillery fired at Mountain of Cassino that is held by Germans. Smoke rises from fire. Collapsed building. Negro soldiers at work in rubble searching for casualties. Negro soldiers warm themselves by a small fire. One Negro smokes.
German artillery around U.S. gun positions in the valley, two miles east of Mignano. Smoke rises from targets. Smoke clouds on enemy targets by smoke shells. Explosions in valley. Shells land near gun emplacement at Campozillone. Men climb steep trail to the 141st regiment.