Rain slows Allied armies in Mediterranean. The 5th Army troops get stranded in flooded San Lorenzo, Italy. Army vehicles drive on streets with heavy water. Trucks drive on muddy roads. The 78th infantry Division tows vehicles stuck in mud.
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.
Aftermath of the Battle of St. Pietro Infine, Italy, after it was taken by soldiers of the U.S. 36th Division, 143rd Infantry Regiment and troopers of the 82nd Airborne Division, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, during World War 2. Several U.S. soldiers of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, scramble down a mountainside over rubble from destroyed buildings in San Pietro Infine, Italy, following the battle there during December 1943. (These scenes were photographed later, in 1944.) Next, more local people are seen running from a mountain cave, where they had taken refuge during the battle of San Pietro. Old people, women, and children make their way down the rubble strewn hillside and onto a remnant of road surrounded by destroyed buildings. Italian women carry their belongings balanced on their heads as they walk towards the remains of their dwellings. A man leads two cattle. One woman carries a new coffin balanced on her head. An 82nd Airborne trooper warns local people about the danger of mines and booby traps left behind by retreating German soldiers. A soldier removes a booby trap in a doorway. Women trying to clean up and settle in the ruins of their homes. As one woman sweeps debris, an huge explosion occurs, bringing down large portions of a building. U.S. Soldiers dig through debris, with shovels. An MP and infantryman stand with several Italian men as one is grief stricken while they retrieve the body of a loved one from the rubble. A woman weeps. Women nurse and comfort their babies. Small children are seen happily emerging from a cave. A mother admonishes her boy. Women and children are relieved and smiling. Several children scamper down a hill. Others are seen walking about and posing shyly for the camera. Local men clearing rubble and women washing clothes in an outdoor stream as they try to reestablish some normalcy in their lives. A shoemaker resuming business at a small bench outdoors. Men unloading sacks of flour from a truck. People purchasing flour being weighed in an outdoor market. Farmers plowing fields with oxen. A church procession, led by a youth carrying a Christian banner, moves from a bombed out church, between mounds of rubble, . Statue of a Saint at the church.
A man signals to start the Monza 1000 Kilometer International auto race in Monza, Italy. Large crowd gathered to watch the automobile race. Ferrari's take first and second positions. Winning drivers Lorenzo Bandini of Italy and Chris Amon of New Zealand at podium taking trophies.
The Monasterio de El Escorial in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, about 45 kilometres northwest of Madrid. A carriage outside the palace, men remove dry leaves from the road outside the palace with large brooms. A stone emblem of a ruler and a statue of a man. Interiors of the palace. Murals on walls and ceilings. Furniture in rooms.
From film on the Battle of San Pietro. 142nd Infantry Regiment advances, reach the summit of Mt Lungo and enter San Pietro in Italy. Explosion on hill. Troops check damaged building. Soldiers come out of cave entrance. Dead and wounded soldiers are evacuated. Dead soldiers are buried in grave dug by civilians. Name plates and dog tags are nailed to grave markers. Troops relaxing.