American Troop Carrier crews gather for a briefing on August 14, 1944, the day before the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France, in World War 2. The captions then refer to their return to the UK later that month, and to the United States in October 1944. The air crews are seen assembled outdoors at an airfield in Italy. The weather is hot and some of them are without shirts. Some wear Khaki shorts. Views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, taken when some aircrew members return to the United States in October 1944.
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.
Italian refugees evacuated to Southern Italy by Allied powers. Officers of Allied military Government sit and draw plans for evacuation. Allied flags. Animated map. Allied officer explains the route. Italian refugees evacuated along with children. A soldier on motorcycle. Refugees move on bullock cart. Young children cry. Buildings of Italian people destroyed. Army trucks take refugees to port of embarkation. Giant ship carries Army trucks and human cargoes for transport. Italians evacuated to Southern Italy.
Map of Italy showing major cities. During a battlefield lull,in World War 2, in Italy, a German soldier reads a newpaper called the "Southern Front." View of Monte Cassino,Italy, with German troops taking cover amongst war debris. Fencing and signs identify minefields. German soldiers with their weapons, hidden in foliage. German soldier looks through binoculars as American forces bombard the town of Monte Cassino. German soldier, seeking cover, jumps over a stone wall. Smoke rises from the U.S. bombardment. German officers consult in a dugout. German soldiers move stealthily across a stream and through battle scarred landscape. Some take up positions and fire machine guns, rifles, and rifle grenades toward American lines. They advance from their trenches and come across fallen American soldiers on the field. They encounter one crawling, and several others from the U.S. 34th Division, whom they take prisoner. They remove their equipment and weapons, and smoke the American cigarettes. Behind the lines, a man in civilian clothes questions the captured American soldiers. A German soldier uses periscopic binoculars to spot targets for German artillerymen firing heavy weapons. Explosions seen in valley below as shells burst.
Allied invasion of Southern France during World War II. Allied soldiers on beach at Naples Italy harbor preparing for launch toward Southern France as part of Operation Dragoon. Allied LST (Landing Ship Tanks) and LCT (Landing Craft Tanks) at the harbor. LST loaded with jeeps as barrage balloon flies overhead. Vehicles loaded aboard LST.
Task force formed in Italy for the invasion of Southern France during World War II. A United States destroyer escort lays smoke screen over the sea. Landing crafts underway at dawn in Rend area. Planes in formation.