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Peaceful scenes of Taormina and the island of Isola Bella, Sicily, during World War II

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Damage caused to Sicilian railroad station 'Taormina Giardini' after USAAF 86th Fighter Bomber Group bombs it.

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 60 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Canadian troops and tanks advance in Sicily, Italy during World War II.

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.

Date: 1943, September
Duration: 2 min 17 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Damage caused to a railroad station by bombings done by A-36 Invader dive bombers over Sicily during World War II.

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 60 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
"Operation Husky" - the invasion of Sicily in World War II.

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American Undersecretary of War speaks to difficulties facing Allies in confronting Germany and Japan in World War II

Undersecretary of War, Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. speaks about a report from the General staff outlining the needs for combating Germany and Japan in World War 2. He cites Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, as an example of what will be needed. He continues to narrate in the background as an animated map appears showing the buildup of supplies and Allied forces in North Africa; Allied air forces flying 60 thousand sorties over Sicily and, the direct amphibious assault using 3,200 vessels. Map also depicts opposing forces of 12 (“unwilling”) Italian Divisions and 3-1/2 German Divisions. View of Allied troops carrying some of their 31 thousand casualties on stretchers from field ambulances. Allied medics attending to the wounded. Some are seen lying on stretchers in a row on the ground near a wall. Interior of a field hospital where surgeons and other medical personnel treat the wounded. Animated map shifts to Europe with Germany at its center, showing , in contrast to Sicily that was only an “outpost,”, the heavily fortified perimeter of Axis controlled areas; the axis industrial might; and the disposition of 300 German Divisions (mostly on the Eastern front) defending the region. Next, the map illustrates Japan’s defended regions in the Pacific Image returns to Undersecretary Patterson i n his office, speaking of the Allied offensives planned for next year (1944), and emphasizing their challenge and difficulty. Scene shifts to General Jonathan Wainwright and his garrison at Corregidor, in the Philippines, surrendering to Japanese forces in 1941. Japanese military camera pans over the Americans being taken prisoner. Other Americans and Filipinos are seen being marched together under guard. Scene shifts to classic views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. View of Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese civilians in 1937. Dangling bodies of persons hung by Nazis during Operation Barbarossa in Russia, in 1941 A Russian soldier comforts a little girl as he escorts her across a snowy landscape. Time bomb left by German forces retreating from Naples, Italy, in 1943, blows up a Post office building . Views of damage to building and bodies of victims. American Military Police assisting a victim. American soldiers carrying an injured civilian on a litter. Scene shifts to British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, entering a hall in the Spiridonovka Palace, during the 1943 Moscow Conference in Russia. Close-up of the American, Soviet, and British flags on a table. View of many delegates seated around the table. Close-up of Molotov, Eden, and Hull signing conference document.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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