A naval-air battle in the Strait of Italy during World War II. A formation of Italian and German bombers over the Strait of Italy. Ships of a British convoy underway. British ships fire antiaircraft guns at Italian bombers. Flak bursts in the sky. Italian bombers bomb the ships. Explosions near and on the ships. British ships are heavily bombed by a large number of Italian bombers. Many ships sink after exploding. Smoke billows up from the ships afire. Italian MASs (torpedo armed motorboats) head for a British convoy. British ships are torpedoed. Smoke rises after explosions on the ships. The bombing of the convoy continues at night. Interiors of an Italian submarine shows its crew members at work. A list of claimed British losses includes HMS Furious (47), HMS Eagle, HMS Manchester (C15), HMS Cairo (D87) and HMS Foresight (H68). Victorious Italian MASs underway and Italian aircraft in flight overhead.
A naval-air battle in the Strait of Sicily during World War II. Animated map shows the route of a British convoy from Gibraltar to Malta. Bombing of the British convoy by Axis aircraft is depicted by the animated map.
Preparations for naval-air battle in the Strait of Italy during World War 2. Italian fighter Reggiane Re 2000 Falco aircraft taxi on an airfield. Bombs on the airfield. Italian ground crew place a camera in the wing of a Navy S79 trimotor bomber, that then taxis and takes off from airfield at Trapani. Italian crews board MASs (torpedo armed motorboats) at a Sicilian harbor. The MASs pull away from the harbor. Crew members aboard the MASs heading out to attack British convoys in the Strait of Sicily. An Italian submarine submerging.
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.
'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton Junior. General Patton steps down a barge. He waves as a military vehicle passes by. U.S. 3rd Army in Europe, 1942. Patton with soldiers. Childhood picture of General Patton. An adolescent Patton comes down a flight of stairs. He practices sword fighting with his father. Picture of Patton at Virginia Military Institute. Picture of Patton at West Point Military Academy. Patton with his established first football team for soldiers. Tanks during World War I. Patton in front of a tank as the first tank commander. General Eisenhower and Patton with other military cadets at the Tank School in Fort Meade. Patton and his wife pose as warriors of the past. A soldier helps another to wear military uniform. In 1942 Patton as a Lieutenant General on an American convoy towards North Africa. Artillery fired and battleships are exploded. American troops land on the coast of Africa. Civilians cheer. Patton comes down a flight of stairs with other military officers. U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in conference. Patton climbs into a military vehicle and it drives off. Fight in Tunisia. American soldiers fire artillery. Explosions in the distance. Patton gets down a plane and talks to U.S. General Alexander. Two men look through binoculars. German General Rommel walks into a trap set for him by Patton. German tanks destroyed. Patton with other officers. Conquest of Sicily. Fight in Sicily. U.S. 7th Army lands on shore.