July 10, 1943, U.S. invades Sicily in Italy. Fleet of warships underway. Navy bombardment of Sicily. Coast Guardsman observes through binoculars. Coast Guardsmen carry troops and supplies in LCVPs (Higgins Boats). LST-356 approaching Blue Beach 2, in the "Cent" area on July 10, 1943, loaded with tanks and other vehicles. A beach master signals with semaphore flags. Troops landing from assault boats. Concentrated enemy air attacks destroy U.S. boats and ships. Enemy aircraft in flight. U.S. troops firing. A map shows Italy. September 9, 1943, amphibious assault on Anzio, Italy. Naval bombardment, followed by troop assault on the beaches.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
Allied invasion fleet of over three thousand ships crosses the Mediterranean Sea. American, British and Canadian Armies along with other countries involved in the 'Operation Husky'. General George Patton receives the battle flag. Amphibious assault on the Gulf of Gela. Naval guns fired. Troops advance in the town of Gela. Civilians are seen. Landmines are cleared. General Lucian Truscott seen. Attack of fighter planes.
Activities of the Seabees during Allied invasion of Sicily, in World War II. Seabees lash sections of floating causeway to LST. Allied troops landing on the beach of Sicily shores between Licata and Gela. Seabees install floating causeway from LST to the beach. A bulldozer goes from the LST to the beach over the causeway. "Enemy" Italian troops volunteer to help with the unloading. German stuka dive bombers attack the allied beachhead and destroy an LST. Sherman tanks reach the beachhead from other LSTs using the floating causeways. Vehicles, artillery, and troops move ashore over the causeways.
Allied Operation Husky in World War 2. Opening scene shows Allied ships in task force bound for the invasion of Sicily, Italy. Barrage balloons are seen in sky overhead. At first most of the ships seen are troop transports. Then a British Escort Cruiser is seen, followed by other British warships. The British Naval Ensign flying from the masthead of a warship. More views of battleships and destroyers. Aircraft carriers in line. View from ship in the task force as it passes island off Tunisia, and then passing Cape Bon, Sicily. A British destroyer pulls to the port side of the camera ship and transfers a person by bosun's chair. (Narrator calls him a "military expert.") Glimpses of life aboard the ships of the task force. Sailors swimming in a pool aboard deck. Others repairing shoes; washing items in small buckets; and reading "soldiers Guide to Sicily." Sailors use signal lamp to communicate with other ships. Sailors man and maneuver a multi barrel bofors anti-aircraft gun, on deck. Suddenly winds pick up and the seas become very rough. Next, the seas are seen very calm. Scene shifts to North African mainland, where several trucks full of British and American paratroopers move across the sand toward C-47 aircraft that will take them behind enemy lines in Sicily. C-47s are seen parked all over the area. Paratroopers don their chutes and battle gear as they prepare to board their aircraft. Closeup of a crew chief pulling propeller through on number one engine of a parked C-47 aircraft. British paratroopers assist one another with their gear. Officer makes final check of paratroopers under his command. Closeup of British paratroopers boarding their C-47 transport aircraft, and the plane taxiing in sand and taking off. Numerous C-47s taking off as daylight wanes. Allied warships bombarding the Sicilian shore in the nighttime. Troops engaged in amphibious assault on beaches of Sicily. Battle scenes showing black flak clouds in the sky and explosions near the assault and landing craft during the amphibious operations. Black smoke rising from Allied ships struck by bombs or shelling. A landing craft, filled with Canadian soldiers, leaves a transport ship headed for the beach. Other assault boats headed for the beach. Views from the Allied beachhead on Sicilian shore. British, Canadian and American troops making their way from landing craft to the shore, guided by ropes. The march along the shore. A British scout car arrives on the beach, followed by a truck. Then tanks come ashore from large landing craft. Some troops come ashore on a DUKW amphibian vehicle. Allied troops wade ashore and smile for the camera.
Sicily and Italy invaded by Allies. Allied troops land in beach of Sicily in 1943. Airplanes drop paratroopers. Benito Mussolini ousted. U.S. battleship at the sea. American troops advance. Italy invaded. American warships underway at the sea. General Eisenhower and British officials aboard a ship. Convoy in the sea. The Italian fleet surrenders to General Eisenhower. Italian crowd greets American troops in Naples.