The new Japanese ambassador, Zenbei Horikiri, stands with an Italian officer in Rome, Italy, after presenting his credentials to the Italian King. To his right, behind him, similarly dressed, is Shun'ichi Kase,secretary to Japanese Foreign Minister Yōsuke Matsuoka. (Shun'ichi later served as chargé d’affaires in Italy commencing in 1943.) Japanese and Italian officers are part of the two-nation entourage that emerges from the palace following the event. They proceed down the steps of the Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) and across the Piazza del Quirinale, where camera shows a glimpse of one of the statues at the Obelisk and Fountain of Castor and Pollux (containing sculptures of Castor and Pollux as horse tamers). Next, a motorcade of the officials' cars drives out of the palace complex, past two guard posts.
Fall of Italy during World War II. Past events show a large number of people gathered at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome , Italy. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini delivers a speech from a balcony. A damaged building in Italy after the defeat. People on the roof of a building as they hoist a flag. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler confers with other leaders. People gathered at Victor Emmanuel Memorial in Rome. Mussolini delivers a speech. A procession arrives and King Emanuel III and Marshal Badoglio take over the reigns of Italy. People gathered at the Palazzo Venezia.
Italy during World War II. A map of Italy shows various places. German infantry and cavalry units march ahead in Italy after the capitulation to Allies of Marshal Badoglio. Soldiers in an armored personnel carrier approach the Italian Alps. Nazi officers, including field marshal Erwin Rommel, are seen outside a building. German soldiers mounted on a tank move into an Italian city as people wave to them. Soldiers fire, explosion occurs and a pillar of smoke rises up. German forces occupy Reggio, Padua and Milan. Germans in an armored personnel carrier approach the Arch of Peace in Milan. Soldiers fight in the streets of Rome. A building with a Nazi sign on its gates. German soldiers celebrate after taking over the city. They smoke. Soldiers with women outside a building and pull a kitten from their uniforms to present to her. Soldiers in a jeep enter Rome with Colosseum in the background.
Allied aircraft parked at North African airbases. The British and American crews study charts and maps of Rome and mark bombing locations. Pilots and navigators board the planes. Bomber aircraft in flight. Railroad yards in Rome bombed with pinpoint precision by Allied bomber planes in broad daylight. Targets included the San Lorenzo freight yard and steel factory, the "Scalo del Littorio" on the north side of Rome, and the Ciampino airport.
Allied campaign in Italy during World War II. Allied troops and equipment advance on a road to Rome. Various street signs on the way read Rome. A map of Italy. Deserted streets of Rome as the Nazis withdraw. Allied troops enter Rome and civilians celebrate their liberation. Newspaper headlines about the liberation of Rome. Pope Pius XII addresses a large gathering from a balcony in the Vatican City. People pray. People gathered around dead soldiers. A soldier removes his gear and helmet as he enters a church. A church bell rings.
A film titled 'Liberation of Rome' shows the arrival of Allied troops in Rome, Italy and the end of Fascist rule during World War II. On June 4, 1944: Allied soldiers on the streets of Rome as people celebrate their liberation. Soldiers loaded on M4 Sherman tanks move past large crowds. The American flag. A Scots pipe band plays as they march through the throng. Allied soldiers move past the Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel Memorial and the Piazza Venezia. People gathered in large numbers on the streets to celebrate the liberation of Rome. A sign reads ' War staff room Combined chiefs of staff '. Past events depict Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. at a meeting as they discuss the plan to liberate Italy from Fascist control. Animated map depicts Allied operations in North Africa and the invasion of Sicily. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini reviews troops. Nazi aircraft take off from an airfield in Italy. German StuG III Assault Guns and Pz.III & Pz.IV tanks being transported on railroad flatcars.