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.
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.
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 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.)
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.
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.