USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) squadron provides air support to U.S. 5th Army in Siena, Italy during World War II. Animated map of Italy highlights Siena. USAAF bombers taxi and take off from an air strip. A formation of bombers in the sky over Siena. Bombs are dropped over Siena on 11th April, 1944. Smoke billows up from explosions.
People perform acrobatics with silken flags during best "banner" thrower competition at "Palio" Anniversary at a square in Siena, Italy. Drum and band masters on side. People dressed as soldiers. Large crowd gathers. A horse race goes on at Piazza del Campo.
The famous Palio di Siena bareback horse race held at the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. Horses and riders come out of a building and enter the Piazza. Jockeys riding the horses. A huge crowd gathered to watch the race. One of the jockeys falls off of his horse and manages to move to safety at the edge of the course.
Japanese international activities during 1931-1945. Opening scene shows Japanese troops embarking on ships bound for an invasion of Manchuria, in 1931. Officers walking on the dock, amongst the departing troops. Scenes of explosions and destruction. Views of Shanghai during Japanese attacks in 1937. Destroyed buildings. Civilian dead lying in the streets. Japanese soldiers racing along a street in a three wheeled motorcycle vehicle. Change of scene shows Japanese diplomat Yosuke Matsuoka addressing a League of Nations meeting in 1933, after that body adopted a report blaming Japan for events in Manchuria. He objects to that action and then leads his delegation in walking out of the meeting. View of Japanese delegates in top hats and bowler hats exiting the building. Scene shifts to Japanese forces firing artillery and machine guns in Manchuria.They wave large Japanese flag victoriously after a battle. The next scene shows Italian forces occupying Ethiopia and raising the flag of the Kingdom of Italy, as Italian troops salute, presenting arms of rifles with fixed bayonets. Axis leaders celebrate the 1940 Tripartite Pact between German, Italy and Japan. The festivities take place in a hall displaying the three nation's flags on the walls. A large number of persons attend including Japan's Prime Minister, General Hideki Tojo, seen with two celebrants. Scene reverts to Chinese people trying to escape from invading Japanese forces. The refugees carry their belongings as they flee. Occasional shell burst is seen among advancing Japanese troops as Chinese soldiers put up resistance. Chinese soldiers firing artillery. In the U.S., Japanese envoys Kichisaburō Nomura and Saburō Kurusu are seen walking together into a building and entering a room inside. Next, are views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, with huge plumes of smoke obscuring the bombed U.S. battleships in the harbor. U.S. battleships in line formation in the Pacific during World War 2. Aerial view of U.S. warships moving in parallel. British ships augmenting the U.S. warships. Naval guns firing. U.S. amphibious assaults on Japanese held islands in the Pacific. Prisoners of the Japanese who suffered in the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur mingling with former prisoners and internees upon his return to Manila in 1944. Aerial views of Iwo Jima. Naval bombardment and amphibious assault of Iwo Jima. Numerous fallen Japanese soldiers. The iconic flag raising by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima. View of Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. during the campaign on Okinawa, where he was killed in action. A Soldier being carried on a stretcher. Another throwing a hand grenade. U.S. soldier firing at a Japanese defender who falls out of his bunker. Large numbers of japanese prisoners of war assembled in a field. Japanese Kamikaze attacking U.S. warships off Okinawa. The sky filled with antiaircraft flak clouds. View of 40mm Bofors antiaircraft cannon firing and a Japanese plane falling and exploding on impact in the ocean.
Royal motorcade carrying Italy's King Vittorio Emanuele III, Prince Humbert, and Italo Balbo, Minister of Aviation through row, upon row, of Italian Air Force military airplanes (900 in number) amassed on Ferrari field in Bologna, Italy. Most of them are Fiat CR.1 aircraft. Closeup glimpse of the royal car passing airplanes and crews standing at attention. Next, the King and Italo Balbo are seen on an elevated platform, where Balbo points out something of interest to the King. View from a height of the planes parked in formation. The King and his entourage of high-ranking officers and officials standing by a building along with Roman Catholic Cardinal Nassali Rocca Di Corneliano,Giovanni Battista of Bologna. Dozens of Italian Air Force planes demonstrating close formation flight overhead. Closeup of Air Force Minister, Balbo with King Vittorio Emanuele III. Waves of planes flying low overhead.
Successful test of the first German Post office mail rocket at Dummersee, Germany, on April 15,1931. It carries 180 pieces of mail (postcards). Reinhold Tiling is seen with his mechanic, Friedrich Kuhr, who holds the rocket, as Tiling inserts a cylinder containing compressed powder fuel. They then invert the rocket and Tiling affixes its nose cone. A post office official hands pieces of mail to Tiling, who places them into the rocket. They position the rocket on its launch stand and fire it. Uniformed Postal officials (and some military officers) watch the rocket as it rises smoothly after launch. Larger, better, and lighter metal (aluminum) are developed in 1931-32.
Friedrich Kuhr standing next to a huge rocket with a wing span of 4 meters.