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American Undersecretary of War speaks to difficulties facing Allies in confronting Germany and Japan in World War II

Undersecretary of War, Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. speaks about a report from the General staff outlining the needs for combating Germany and Japan in World War 2. He cites Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, as an example of what will be needed. He continues to narrate in the background as an animated map appears showing the buildup of supplies and Allied forces in North Africa; Allied air forces flying 60 thousand sorties over Sicily and, the direct amphibious assault using 3,200 vessels. Map also depicts opposing forces of 12 (“unwilling”) Italian Divisions and 3-1/2 German Divisions. View of Allied troops carrying some of their 31 thousand casualties on stretchers from field ambulances. Allied medics attending to the wounded. Some are seen lying on stretchers in a row on the ground near a wall. Interior of a field hospital where surgeons and other medical personnel treat the wounded. Animated map shifts to Europe with Germany at its center, showing , in contrast to Sicily that was only an “outpost,”, the heavily fortified perimeter of Axis controlled areas; the axis industrial might; and the disposition of 300 German Divisions (mostly on the Eastern front) defending the region. Next, the map illustrates Japan’s defended regions in the Pacific Image returns to Undersecretary Patterson i n his office, speaking of the Allied offensives planned for next year (1944), and emphasizing their challenge and difficulty. Scene shifts to General Jonathan Wainwright and his garrison at Corregidor, in the Philippines, surrendering to Japanese forces in 1941. Japanese military camera pans over the Americans being taken prisoner. Other Americans and Filipinos are seen being marched together under guard. Scene shifts to classic views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. View of Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese civilians in 1937. Dangling bodies of persons hung by Nazis during Operation Barbarossa in Russia, in 1941 A Russian soldier comforts a little girl as he escorts her across a snowy landscape. Time bomb left by German forces retreating from Naples, Italy, in 1943, blows up a Post office building . Views of damage to building and bodies of victims. American Military Police assisting a victim. American soldiers carrying an injured civilian on a litter. Scene shifts to British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, entering a hall in the Spiridonovka Palace, during the 1943 Moscow Conference in Russia. Close-up of the American, Soviet, and British flags on a table. View of many delegates seated around the table. Close-up of Molotov, Eden, and Hull signing conference document.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Invasion of Italy and Operation Husky by the United States during World War II.

Invasion of Italy by the United States during World War II. U.S. Army Private Patrick MacDonald at home in the United States speaks about his experience of being in Italy during the war. Italian houses and buildings on a hillside. Men work in a spaghetti factory. U.S. soldiers relaxing in Italy. U.S. ships off the coast of Italy. U.S. LSTs (Landing Ships, Tank) at a Sicilian beach. A large number of U.S. ships off the coast of Sicily. U.S. Naval ships attacking targets on a beach during Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily). U.S. antiaircraft guns open fire against German aircraft. U.S. troops aboard ships. Wounded men are treated aboard USS Savannah (CL-42). U.S. troops aboard landing crafts underway heading for a beach. The troops disembark from the landing crafts and advance inland.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allied troops liberate Rome, Italy and receive a warm welcome from Italian civilians during World War II.

A film titled 'Liberation of Rome' shows the arrival of Allied troops in Rome, Italy and the end of Fascist rule during World War II. On June 4, 1944: Allied soldiers on the streets of Rome as people celebrate their liberation. Soldiers loaded on M4 Sherman tanks move past large crowds. The American flag. A Scots pipe band plays as they march through the throng. Allied soldiers move past the Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel Memorial and the Piazza Venezia. People gathered in large numbers on the streets to celebrate the liberation of Rome. A sign reads ' War staff room Combined chiefs of staff '. Past events depict Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. at a meeting as they discuss the plan to liberate Italy from Fascist control. Animated map depicts Allied operations in North Africa and the invasion of Sicily. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini reviews troops. Nazi aircraft take off from an airfield in Italy. German StuG III Assault Guns and Pz.III & Pz.IV tanks being transported on railroad flatcars.

Date: 1944, June 4
Duration: 2 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Lt Colonel John T Whitaker outlines OSS propaganda and psychological warfare operations during the allied invasions of Sicily.

Lt Colonel John T Whitaker speaks before a map on OSS morale operations in Italy. The map points Palermo, Sicily, Tunis, Bizerte and other places. Colonel outlines OSS propaganda and psychological warfare operations during the allied invasions of Sicily and Italy proper. He explains leaflets techniques and rumor spreading by OSS infiltration teams and the use of clandestine radios. Airplanes in flight drop leaflets. People walk. A man reads a leaflet. (World War II period).

Date: 1944
Duration: 9 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
World War II scenes involving U.S. General George S. Patton, Jr.

World War Two scenes involving U.S. General George S Patton,Jr. The conquest of Sicily in World War 2. Soldiers of the 7th U.S. Army fire artillery. Explosions in the distance. General Patton with a group of soldiers. American troops in the streets of Sicily. The civilians cheer. Patton waves as a military vehicle passes by. Military vehicles and jeeps pass on the streets. Patton with other officers. American soldiers walk past rubble in the street of Sicily. Troops march. Patton with other soldiers behind a donkey cart. General Eisenhower salutes as he reviews the troops. Patton with General Eisenhower. Patton addresses new troops in Great Britain. Patton with soldiers. Soldiers practice fighting. (Narrated by actor Ronald Reagan.)

Date: 1944
Duration: 2 min 45 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Aerial view of coastline and Island of Sicily.

U.S. aircraft in flight over Sicily, Italy. Aerial view of coastline. Island of Sicily. Mountainous terrain. Aerial view of buildings. Countryside view. Mount Aetna.

Date: 1944, February 21
Duration: 2 min 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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