Santa Maria, Italy. 3rd Ranger Battalion soldiers moving cautiously through the streets. Soldiers carrying rifles and mortars. Soldiers running towards the ditches in order to take cover and hide themselves. Soldier looks through binoculars and signals to others. Soldiers running and taking cover, prone in places through orchards. Soldiers set up 60mm mortar on the ground. Several soldiers lying in prone positions and firing from rifles.
Smoke from explosions and bombardment in Rome. Destroyed buildings and ruins in the streets. A large crowd gathered at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Pope Pius XII seen near a car surrounded by the crowd. Policemen keep a vigil. Motorists and cyclists rush through the streets. A church bell tolls. The Pope greets the waiting crowd from his balcony. The crowd cheers.
Scenes of Venice at end of World War 2, in Europe. Closeup of Gondolier propelling boat with his pole. View of two men and a wo man, passengers in a gondola, propelled by two gondoliers, one in front and one in the rear. It passes by walled gardens in background. A group of passengers in a large gondola, with two gondoliers, passing by striped poles along edge of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. A steel bridge spanning across the canal. A motorboat passes, filled with armed Italian Partisans, flying an Italian flag. Gondola containing several British 8th Army men looking up at sights. View of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of Saint Mary of Health).British soldiers standing on pavement in front of the Basilica with two Italian children beside them. A hotel displaying British and American flags. (The stars on the American flag are not configured correctly. It was probably locally made.) British soldiers at another hotel, next door, called "Grande Albergo." They relax on patio in the sun. One distributes mail to the others.
Activities of fishermen crew in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ships underway at sea. Santa Maria (ship) tows a fishing boat as it gets underway at sea. A crew member attaches a rope with a bucket. Captain seated on bridge of the ship in the background. A crew man climbs up a ladder. A cook prepares food. Crewmen aboard a ship. Pigeon flies. Fishing boat crew attaches a chain to Santa Maria. Fishing boat crew deploy fishing net into sea by metal chain. Metal chain aboard the boat. The men pull the metal chain and hoist the fishing net. A man makes compartment by placing wooden boards. Crew handle lines on a boat. Fishing nets loaded with fishes. Man unload the fishing net.
The 13th Annual Elk's Rodeo show in Santa Maria, California. Horsemen mounted on wild horses. They fall on ground after a short struggle. Crowd cheers for the participants. Men put up a show riding the bulls.
Benito Mussolini head of the Italian Social Republic, meets with his cabinet. Among notables attending the cabinet meeting, are Defense Minister Marshal Rodolfo Graziani and Cabinet vice-chairman, Francesco Maria Barracu who confer before the meeting and with Mussolini during the meeting. Scene shifts to Marshal Graziani being greeted by German military officers as he enters a building to confer with Marshal Erwin Rommel and his staff who were sent to oversee the bolstering of Italian defenses. Marshal Graziani confers with the German officers. Marshal Rommel bids him farewell as he leaves the building. Rommel and accompanying German staff officers leave in a car to inspect Italian defenses. They observe Italian workers building concrete fortifications. They visit sites where a German sentry is seen walking along a fortification wall and German troops are seen manning a variety of heavy guns in coastal defenses.