B-14 Liberator aircraft at San Severo Airfield in Italy. B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft in flight over San Severo Airfield. A formation of B-17s in flight. Insignias and pictures on B-24 parked at Severo airfield. Damage to B-24. U.S. personnel pose and B-24 parked in background. B-24 taxi on runway for take off.
San Severo Airfield in Italy, during World War 2. Map showing location of San Severo. U.S. personnel around parked B-24 Liberator aircraft. White outdoor tent canopies in front of White buildings (far in background). View from passenger automobile driving rapidly along nearly empty road lined with trees. View shifts to a village street as seen from overlooking building. Two horse carts move along the street and several pedestrians walk on sidewalk. Park surrounded by official-looking buildings. Man and woman ride, standing, in a horse-drawn cart. A busy outdoor marketplace, where several children pose for the camera. Numerous local people on side streets. Several boys pose closeup for the camera. View from open area, of street lined with apartment houses. Pedestrians on sidewalks and horse carts on the street, but no motor vehicles moving (one parked off the street). Words on door of building read '4th PHOTO. TECH. SQ,' (4th Photographic Technical Squadron). U.S. Army jeeps parked outside. Sign reads '90th P.W.R. Dispensary,' (identifying dispensary of the 90th Photographic Wing, Reconnaissance). Closeup of sign reading: "90th P.W.R. Dispensary, Sick Call 0830, American Military Personnel ---ONLY. Major Tom S. Shields, Wing Surgeon." Military ambulances parked outside the building. Another sign identifies a mess hall.
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.
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Italy. Lava from the eruption of volcano flows and destroys the town of San Sebastiano. The lava pushes against walls of buildings. Houses on a street in the town. The lava causes the collapse of all homes in San Sebastiano. Civilians and United States soldiers stand at the end of the street. Lava flows over the ruins and closes on evacuees. The molten mass sets fire to wooden and brick structures in its path.
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.