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'.
U.S. soldiers in Pietravairano, Italy during World War II. Protestant services at Christmas are held in the open. Soldiers seated near a building. A chaplain leads the congregation in a song. A soldier at a portable organ. The Catholic chaplain prays during the outdoor Mass at the 30th Infantry Regiment 3rd Division. A jeep hood serves as an altar. The chaplain delivers a sermon.
U.S. soldiers in Pietravairano, Italy during World War II. Protestant services are held in the open. Soldiers at the Mass. A chaplain prays. Soldiers receive Holy Communion. The Mass draws to a close. Mountains in the background.
U.S. soldiers in Pietravairano, Italy during World War 2. Men of the 30th Infantry moving across a field. Column of infantry move along a narrow dirt trail, skirting the edge of a village. View of soldiers legs and boots as they walk past the camera.
U.S. soldiers in Pietravairano, Italy during World War 2. Men of the 30th Infantry fire guns and advance. Three men lying in prone position on a field. They fire a rocket launcher. Smoke rises from the firing. The soldiers get up and advance. Smoke rises from the firing in the foreground.
July 10, 1943, U.S. invades Sicily in Italy. Fleet of warships underway. Navy bombardment of Sicily. Coast Guardsman observes through binoculars. Coast Guardsmen carry troops and supplies in LCVPs (Higgins Boats). LST-356 approaching Blue Beach 2, in the "Cent" area on July 10, 1943, loaded with tanks and other vehicles. A beach master signals with semaphore flags. Troops landing from assault boats. Concentrated enemy air attacks destroy U.S. boats and ships. Enemy aircraft in flight. U.S. troops firing. A map shows Italy. September 9, 1943, amphibious assault on Anzio, Italy. Naval bombardment, followed by troop assault on the beaches.