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British 8th Army and U.S. 5th Army land in Italy and advance after gaining a beachhead during World War II.

The Allied Campaign in Italy during World War II. The campaign begins on September 23,1943. British 8th Army troops get onto ships . British 8th Army Commander General Bernard Montgomery. British soldiers land in Calabria, Italy. 8th Army troops advance. Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard a ship. The Italian fleet surrenders. U.S. 5th Army soldiers loaded in a ship under the command of U.S. Army General Mark Clark as they head for Salerno, Italy. Allied aircraft provide a cover to the convoy underway at sea. German soldiers and equipment in Salerno. Allied troops land at a beach as the Germans open a heavy fire. Explosions occur at the beach. Allied naval guns are fired at German positions. Nazi aircraft attack to disrupt Allied landings. Royal Air Force and B-17s of the U.S. 9th Air Force aircraft in flight. Aerial view of bombs exploding on German positions. Dead soldiers at the beach. 8th Army soldiers advance inland. Artillery being fired. General Mark Clark with the soldiers after gaining the beachhead. 8th and 5th Army soldiers advance into Italy. A map depicts the position of Foggia, an Allied stronghold.

Date: 1943, September 3
Duration: 3 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. operations during the battle at Salerno, Italy, beginning September 6, 1943.

Convoy of ships at the harbor in Salerno, Italy. Aerial view of ships moving in the sea, aircraft bombing on ships and infantry reinforcement heading in landing crafts. Wounded soldiers in basket litter hoisted to aboard landing craft. Men help in pulling the litter on the landing craft. An army truck coming out from the landing craft while infantrymen getting down along with the wounded ones at the sea shore. A downed U.S. fighter plane at the shore in background is visible while soldiers and infantrymen move in army vehicles in front of it. (World War II period).

Date: 1943, September 6
Duration: 1 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allies, including U.S. Fifth Army, encounter heavy enemy resistance in amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, in World War 2

Allied invasion at Salerno, Italy, during 2nd World War. Scenes of U.S. Sherman tanks, military vehicles and troops, moving easily through Sicily. Animated map depicts allied invasion routes from Bizerte, North Africa, to two points on opposite sides of Italy mainland. Convoys emerge from smoke screens in bay of Salerno, Italy. Allied warship creating heavy black smoke screen. Decks of LSTs crammed with trooops and vehicles. Allied warships bombard Salerno coastline. Commandos, Rangers and Seabees, in first assault wave are targets of German guns and dive bombers. Pontoon boat dropped from LST, with 35 Seabees aboard, strikes a mine, and is destroyed, setting off conflagration on the LST. Other LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) discharging vehicles to the beach over floating causeways, under enemy fire. Destroyed U.S. Sherman tanks, vehicles and a U.S. P-40 aircraft , litter the beach. A Seabee uses semaphore flags to direct an LST to beach area. Seabees build shelters for war materiel and dressing stations where allied wounded are treated. Seabees continue to unload supplies to beachhead. Brief view of Lieutenant General Mark Clark, 5th Army commander, on the beachhead. Allied casualties being tended. Stretcher bearers carry wounded. Allied troops advancing on roads in Italy. Admiral Moreell, chief of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks, concludes narration of the Seabee documentary, from his office in Washington, DC

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British LST reaches Salerno Beach in Salerno, Italy. Winston Churchill's son, Randolph Churchill, aboard ship.

Salerno Beach in Salerno, Italy. Views of trucks and British troops on a Landing Ship Tank (LST), men looking from the deck sides. Ship reaches the beach at Salerno. Enemy tracer bullets visible at night. British Supermarine Spitfire aircraft flying overhead. View of the LST2 captain, John P. Horgan, together with Randolph Churchill (Major Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill), son of Winston Churchill. Randolph Churchill observes the action through binoculars while smoking a cigarette and talking to the LST captain. On deck of a ship view of a German Prisoner of War and an American soldier playing chess and several other soldiers, some American and some British, standing by watching. U.S. military guards with German POWs on the beaches at Salerno.

Date: 1943, October 28
Duration: 3 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Meeting of British 8th Army and U.S. 5th Army near Agropoli in Italy, and U.S. troops entering Albanella Italy in World War II

First Meeting between British 8th Army and the American 5th Army, 35 miles south of Salerno, on a high mountain road near Agropoli, during World War 2. PR officer from the London Irish Army and War Correspondents meet the U.S. Army's 3rd platoon, 36th Division Recon Cavalry troops. The U.S. Army soldiers wait in jeeps at a bend in the road. When the British group arrives they stop and talk together. Then views of a company of the 504 Abn Infantry on the Via Roma entering Albanella Italy. A half-track personnel carrier is seen followed by several M10 Tank destroyers. from Company C of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, driving through town on September 14th, 1943. Views of M4 Sherman tanks on the roads of Albanella. (Note: The location where Infantry and tank views was taken has been identified as the intersection of Via Piazzie Chiesa and Via Roma at coordinates: 40 degrees 28' 41.29"N/15 degrees 06' 52.24"E.)

Date: 1943, September 16
Duration: 1 min 38 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Amphibious operations in Italy, during Operations Husky and Avalanche. General hazards of wartime amphibious assaults including those in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

American soldiers in Italy, during Allied Operation Husky, and Operation Avalanche in World War 2. In landings at Salerno, Italy, soldiers pause their movements while two use a detector to search for possible buried mines. They detect one and are seen carefully digging it up from the sandy soil. Soldiers unroll steel matting across an area of beach. Close-up of heavy trucks moving across the matting. A bulldozer uses a cable to pull a section of temporary docking out of an LST (Landing ship tank). Troops move across several sections of such docking as they make their way onto the shore. A sherman tank making its way toward the shore . More heavy equipment coming ashore from LSTs, including a US M1 155mm “Long Tom” Gun. The gun being towed on shore, as trucks and jeeps maneuver through shallow water nearby. A long line of jeeps and trucks moving inland. Military vehicles being offloaded from the British Landing Ship Tank (HM LST-200). U.S. troops moving on a beachhead, along with artillery pieces, and vehicles. Soldiers carrying boxes of supplies and ammunition and struggling with large wooden crates of such, in shallow surf, and using a roller conveyor to offload some heavy items from a ship. A landing craft suspended from a cable operated A-Frame on wheels (in the water). At this point the thrust of the film shifts to illustrate the hazards of amphibious operations, in general. Swamped vehicles and a landing craft in the surf. The beach littered with damaged and swamped landing craft and equipment, including, among others, a landing craft from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26). A huge explosion in the water. Glimpse of a German Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka) dive bomber attacking while being shot down by a U.S. sailor firing an anti-aircraft gun . View from above of sailors firing twin bofors 40mm antiaircraft cannons from an emplacement on a ship. Several German Junkers Ju 87 planes maneuvering as they attack. Quad bofors antiaircraft guns firing from a ship. More attacking Ju-87 dive bombers on the attack. A dramatic explosion and smoke from the Liberty ship SS Robin Rowan after being hit by a German bomb off the coast of Gela, Sicily on July 11, 1943. A landing ship burning from German bombing, off Gela, Sicily, with its deck full of halftrack and personnel carrier vehicles. The film continues the theme of losses encountered in wartime amphibious assaults, by shifting to the Pacific theater of operation, where a Landing Ship Tank (LST) is seen ablaze, off Guadalcanal, after being hit by Japanese shelling. View from beach with barbed wire, ashore, of the burning LST. Sherman tanks lost in a conflagration aboard an LST. Sailors carry a casualty on a litter, and place it next to other fallen crew members, on deck.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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