Views of Taormina,and the nearby Island of Isola Bella, in the Ionian Sea, Sicily, taken by U.S. Army photographers during World War 2. The Ionian Sea coast near Taormina, seen from a high point of land. A home with cantilevered porch on a hillside. A woman looking over the wall. View of a substantial building in the countryside on the side of a hill. The door of a building with "cleared of mines," written on it and a sign reading,"Reserved for USAAF." A waterfront home with a large deck and rooftop veranda overlooking the sea. The Island of Isola Bella with strip of sand crossing to it at low tide. The adjoining bay and small rocky peninsula. A substantial government or corporate complex high on a hill. View from high on a hill, of a speedboat underway in the sea.
War damage in Sicily, Italy after bombings done by USAAF (United States Army Air Forces) 86th Fighter Bomber Group airplanes during World War II.. Debris at a railroad station. A sign reads 'Taormina Giardini'. A U.S. soldier inspects bullet holes on a locomotive. Wrecked locomotives and debris.
Canadian troops in Sicily, Italy during World War 2. Canadian soldiers on foot and tank units (with M4A4s) advance. A soldier loaded onto a tank. Another soldier drinks water offered by locals. Mt. Etna's dead craters and lava streams. Three Canadian soldiers climb a mountain. Mountain top city of Taormina. An ambulance moves down a road. A view of hills.
A railroad station in Sicily after bombings by U.S. Army Air Forces A-36 Invader dive bombers of 86th Fighter Bomber Group during World War II. Damage caused to railroad station with debris spread around th station. Sign reads 'Taormina-Giardini'. U.S. soldier inspects a railroad car. Damaged locomotives and railroad cars.
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.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.