Germans defend Cassino and Monte Cassino abbey in Italy during World War II. Cassino Monastery before U.S. Attack. U.S. bombs burst in Cassino Monastery. Ruins of Cassino Monastery. German officers with abbot of Cassino in a car. Officers salute him as car driven away. German officers and abbot of Cassino. Ruins and bombed buildings of Cassino. Men inspects ruins and evacuate casualties.
Montage of scenes recorded after the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War 2. Opening scene shows British 19th RHQ tank in Mignano Montelungo, as the 24th New Zealand Battalion re-enacts its entry into the ruins of Monte Cassino, on March 26, 1944. In this restaging, 24th Battalion infantrymen are shown moving through rubble of destroyed town, firing small arms and one throwing a hand grenade. Narrator identifies "Hangman's Hill," (which was held by the 1st battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles) at Monte Cassino. In this restaging , New Zealanders, scramble over rubble, and dig out a "wounded" comrade, while explosions occur in background. Medics "attend" to him. Other NZ troops fire small arms from behind rubble barriers. A huge explosion occurs in background. A British artillery piece (obscured by debris) fires rounds. Infantrymen fire small arms. A camouflaged British tank fires its gun. In change of scene, other British troops advance cautiously near a damaged building and take several German soldiers prisoner. View of the destroyed Monte Cassino monastery and castle on Castle Heights. Ruins of building adjacent to the "Hotel Excelsior,"below the castle. Several medics with Red Cross flag in distant rubble. Views from destroyed Monastery atop the mountain.
Germans in Italy for religious propaganda during World War II. Map of Italy. German troops on Italian font. Despite an Allied attack, bring up supplies by mule and truck to reinforce their positions. Military action of German troops for religious propaganda. Cassino Monastery before U.S. Attack. U.S. bombs burst on Cassino Monastery. Ruins of Cassino Monastery. German troops escort Abbot Gregorian Di Mare to Vatican city from the ruins of Monte Cassino. German officers and Abbot of Cassino. Ruins and wreckage in Castle Gandolfo. Men inspect ruins and evacuate casualties. Dead bodies of women and children.
Germans defend Cassino and Monte Cassino abbey in Italy during World War II. Courtyards and stairways of Monte Cassino Abbey. Views of Monte Cassino. German officers with monks. Men remove art treasures, and books. Books and art treasures in a case.
The Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy. Aerial view of San Vittore to the west. U.S. troops walk along a mountain road, as an Italian woman, holding a small child, watches from the roadside. Views of the town and Abbey of Monte Cassino, from mountainside outlook. Aerial view of Abbey on mountaintop. M7 Priest SP firing 105mm howitzer from camouflaged position. U.S. troops escorting Italian prisoners of war (POWs). American soldier carries several artillery shells up a hill. Several Sherman tanks of the 756th Tank Battalion are parked in a quarry below him. (The quarry is on the Cassino - Caira Rd north of Cassino.} Group of Italian civilians walk past a line of Sherman tanks parked along the empty riverbed of the Rapido River. U.S. soldier observes the Abbey of Monte Cassino through binoculars. Two American soldiers climb aboard an M4 Sherman tank mired down in the mud.(It has been identified as tank number C-14 belonging to the 3rd Platoon of C Company, 756th Tank Battalion.) Their Jeep is parked beside it. U.S. soldiers dug in along a roadside. One soldier plays solitaire with cards. Two soldiers place several propaganda leaflets into artillery shells.
The Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. Ruins of Cassino town and Monte Cassino monastery. A wrecked M4 Sherman tank in view. Soldiers dig in field staked out with markers. Closeup of U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in flight. Smoke rising from bombing or shelling.