Allied bombing of the Strait of Messina during World War II. Aerial view of mountainous terrain and open sea. Bombs drop over the Strait of Messina. The coastline of Sicily. Rivers and roads amidst the mountainous terrain.
German troops in Sicily, Italy during World War II. A map of Italy. German ships at a coast. Allied aircraft in flight as a German convoy moves across the Strait of Messina. An aircraft drops bombs at the convoy and explosions occur at sea. Landing crafts in water. German troops aboard an aircraft. German anti aircraft guns fire at the Allied aircraft. Smoke rises as an aircraft is shot down. German crafts are anchored at a beach and equipment being unloaded. Troops disembark from vessels. A soldier smokes a cigarette. A damaged U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft after it was shot down. German General Hans Hube being congratulated for successful withdrawal.
Interior of B-24 aircraft. Muzzle of .50 caliber gun. Waist gun window and gun sight. B-24 aircraft flying. View of B24D "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in flight (SN 41-11913 of the 98th Bombardment Group, the B-24 Liberator unit nicknamed the "Pyramidiers". This aircraft went down May 1, 1943 after flying into another aircraft in a cloud). Front part of B-24 over muzzle of .50 cal gun. Aerial views of B-24s flying. B-24 named "The Witch" seen (SN 41-11840 of the 98th BG "Pyramiders". This aircraft was lost August 1, 1943 in Operation Tidal Wave raid of Ploiesti Romania oil refineries). Artwork on both of the above "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "The Witch" was painted by Amos Nicholson. Clip closes with echelon of three B-24s seen. Footage shot during return to base following bombing mission over Naples and Messina, Italy.
War damage in Messina, Sicily, Italy from bombing by USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) 86th Fighter Bomber Group airplanes during World War 2. American Army technical sergeant offers a cigarette to a uniformed Italian policeman sitting on a bench with him in Messina, Sicily. Closeup of the Italian Policemen smoking the cigarette. In change of scene, the sergeant points to words "Heil Rommel" written on door of a building. He points out other graffiti on walls. He walks past remains of wrecked vehicles, and pauses to look at them as the camera shows them in closeup. View of a U.S. soldier sitting at waterfront, conferring with an armed Italian provisional military policeman wearing a white armband identifying him as such. Italian citizens stand around them. A sunken steamship sits grounded in the background. View of rowboats on the beach and the sunken steamship.
The Allied Forces crush the Axis armies in the Mediterranean during World War II. Italy surrenders.
The Allied Forces enter Messina. The American flag flies over the municipal corporation of Messina. Wrecked German ships in a harbor. An Allied soldier talks on a radio. Fighting in Italian mainland. Scenes of Mussolini walking. Italians throw mud on the posters of Mussolini. An Italian writes Viva England, Viva USA and USSR on a wall. An animated map shows Allied attack on the German positions in Italy. General Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and Admiral Cunningham, Commander in Chief of the Allied Naval Forces in the Mediterranean. An Italian fleet. From Washington DC U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces Italy's surrender.
Destroyed trains in railroad marshaling yard at Messina, Sicily, resulting from U.S. Army Air Forces bombing during World War 2. Cracked, broken and destroyed buildings in the city of Messina. Shattered trees and debris-filled areas. Two armed provisional Italian police, wearing white armbands, walk past partially destroyed commercial buildings. They turn and walk toward the camera. Closeups of each, and of armband identifying them as Civil Police, written in English and Italian.