British forces operating in Southern Italy, during World War 2. British infantry are seen, somewhat sheltered, prone on the ground near armored vehicles.Smoke is rising in the distant background. Scene shifts to infantrymen in a field of wild flowers. Closeup of one manning a Bren gun. Closer view of several others positioned close to him. Several rise up and begin moving forward. British camouflaged A22 Churchill tank moves through the wild flower field. Broader view from piles of fallen rocks shows infantry and tanks moving in concert across a wide front. Back in the field of wild flowers, more tanks and infantry are advancing. Another broad view shows considerable white smoke behind advancing tanks (possibly smoke screens set by the advancing troops). More views of tanks and infantry moving across the fields of flowers. British soldier examines a knocked out German 3" gun. Smoke issuing from an disabled German armored personnel carrier abandoned in the field.
Fighting in Southern Italy during the second world war. British soldiers in a Universal carrier (aka Bren Gun Carrier or Scout carrier) heading rapidly toward a village area. Views of a damaged German PzKfw IV tank (Panzer IV medium tank) disabled just off a road, with British soldiers examining the tank. A large hole in the tank schuertzen (skirt armor). Several other wrecked PzIV tanks dispersed in the field. Vehicle markings for A51 and 21 are visible. British soldiers escort a group of German Prisoners of War. Four German POWs carry a wounded soldier on a stretcher, under British guard. German POWs resting and posing for the camera. Various views of German POWs. British soldiers sit, relax on the ground and smoke cigarettes. Several soldiers sit on carts and some talk with the civilians.
A documentary television program depicts the role of U.S. soldiers in the Battle for Cassino which was a part of the Italian Campaign during World War II. U.S. 6th Armored Infantry Regiment troops advance on trucks. A barrel of a gun in the foreground. Fire by tanks and artillery. Mountains in the foreground. A town on the foot of Monastery Hill. A historic abbey which contains many medieval treasures. A German official at the abbey. A German soldier looks through binoculars. Troops around an artillery fire. A hand holding a leaflet. Leaflets are fired. A U.S. aircraft in flight over Monastery Hill and a pilot in the cockpit. Aircraft drop bombs over the abbey . Smoke rises due to an explosion. Soldiers fire guns. German troops at the abbey look through the binoculars. They fire guns. 5th Army troops on tanks advance. Aircraft in flight. Colonel William W. Quinn seated in a chair talks about the next story that is the invasion of Southern France.
Italian fliers land their aircraft at an Allied occupied air base ( probably in Southern Italy) to join the Allies for the war against the Nazis during World War 2. A three-engined Italian Savoia-Marchetti bomber in flight. The aircraft lands at the airfield. Other aircraft parked on the airfield. A hangar in the background. Italian fliers step from the aircraft. U.S. and Italian officer exchange greetings. Aircraft in formation. Italian fighter aircraft land and taxi at the air base. Officers and fliers. The fliers leave their aircraft. Italian fliers seated around a table eat American meal.
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.
Allied soldiers in southern Italy during World War II. Allied soldiers on tanks advancing through the streets of southern Italy. A number of men and children holding a banner that reads 'Soldiers of Liberation, You are Welcome'. A photographer with a camera around his neck in front of the crowd. Soldiers moving in columns along the streets. Buildings along the streets. People with belongings on cattle carts coming back to Italy after they were driven out by the retreating Germans. A British soldier helping the people to unload their belongings. The soldier beside a cart with a child. The cart in front of a small hut. A soldier leading cattle away. The soldiers carrying small boxes move among the trees. The soldiers moving on a path. Troops on tanks moving through a water body. Hills and mountains in the background. The soldiers moving in columns through a stream. An aircraft at an airfield. A former Italian Commandant and other officers talking. The soldiers unearthing a booby trap. Equipment on the airfield. A damaged hangar. Debris strewn on the ground. Allied forces at work on the airfield. British soldiers firing artillery across a marshy terrain. Explosions occur and smoke rises from a building. Several LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank) at a sea shore. Trucks moving out of the LSTs. Soldiers beside an LST.