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.
Film 'San Pietro' shows an American officer giving a brief speech regarding the Battle of San Pietro. View of Liri Valley in Italy with damaged trees and wrecked buildings. Damaged statue in the building. Destroyed Vineyards.
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.
A documentary television program depicts the role of U.S. soldiers in the Italian Campaign during World War II. Animated map of Italy shows the location of mountains near the Mignano Valley. Operation Raincoat at Camino Hills. Troops fire guns at the hills. Smoke rises in the foreground. The soldiers fire guns. A soldier looks trough a binocular. The troops fire artillery. They capture Mount la Difensa, Mount la Remetanea and Mount Maggiore . Troops of Italian 1st Motorized Group advance and enter the Mignano area . The Italian troops construct a mud wall. The troops fire with guns on Mount Lungo . Smoke rises in the background. Firing at Mount Lungo. The troops fire guns in a small town San Pietro. 504th Division paratroopers along with their supplies and guns advance towards San Pietro. The troops advance. Soldiers look through binoculars. German aircraft in flight and lay a smoke screen. The soldiers look through binoculars. A narrow mine road and a tank moves on the road. Smoke rises due to firing. The troops enter the town. Damaged buildings in the town. The troops walk past damaged building. The people of San Pietro. Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Dwight D. Eisenhower visits San Pietro. Jeeps drive on a road.
Opening scene shows British artillerymen bombarding the Italian town of Ortona, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, which is held by paratroops of the German 1st Parachute Division in World War 2. Closeups of British soldier operating 155mm gun. British officers planning the barrage. Battery of guns firing. View of shells striking Ortona, along the coastline. Heavy guns firing from under camouflage netting. Smoke rising from artillery strikes. Scene shifts to Allied occupied airfield in Foggia, on the coast, South of Ortona, where P-40 aircraft of the 99th Fighter Squadron are preparing to fly in support of the Ortona offensive. (This U.S Army Air Forces unit is comprised entirely of African American pilots and support personnel.) Closeups of airmen fueling and arming the aircraft, and of pilots gathered in a mission briefing. 99th Squadron aircraft taking off and departing overhead in formations. View from the British artillery position of numerous bombs bursting on Ortona. Film shifts to the Central Front in Italy where U.S. forces are engaged in the Battle of San Pietro. Views of American artillery bombarding German positions in San Pietro. Closeups of numerous U.S. guns being fired. An ejected shell flies through the air from a U.S. Sherman tank during the bombardment. Views of U.S. troops passing a Sherman tank as they enter San Pietro and begin searching for booby traps in the wreckage of the town. Closeup of a soldier dismantling a booby trap. German aircraft sweep overhead and bomb the town. American soldiers dig out a buddy who was buried by a bomb burst, but rescued unhurt. He smiles for the camera. Casualties of the fighting, including many civilians are carried on stretchers and assisted. Local residents are seen grieving over fallen relatives and friends. Groups of townspeople stand along a hillside and watch as Italian soldiers join with the Allies in the fighting. Jeeps are seen navigating the muddy mountain trails as far as possible. Then further movement requires the use of mules. Troops are seen with mule trains. Soldiers shoulder heavy ammunition crates and slog uphill with them over a muddy mountain trail.
View of smoke rising from an open field in Italy. Trucks on muddy road. Troops of the 36th Infantry and 143rd Regiment advance and fire artillery. Soldier looks through binoculars. Explosion on ground. View of San Pietro and Liri Valley. Army trucks and jeep move on road.