Soldiers of the Italian Co-Belligerent Army. The Italian First Motorized Group, the first Italian unit to fight alongside the Allies after the armistice of September, 1943, move to the front in early December, 1943. Trucks loaded with soldiers driven. A convoy of trucks and jeeps moves along road. Soldiers seated in trucks with guns. Trucks pass signs of nearby towns: 'Venafro-Mignano' and 'Pietravairano'.
Soldiers are outside a coop. One soldier feeds pigeons outside coop and enters the coop. Pigeons in the coop. Soldier selects two pigeons and places capsule on their legs. Pigeons are placed into special carriers. Carriers are picked up by jeep and driver. Pigeons are taken to a distant area for a flight mission to familiarize them with the surrounding territory. Soldiers open the special carrier and freed the pigeons for flight mission. A message is inserted into the capsule on the pigeon's leg and the pigeon is released. Soldier takes pigeon from the coop. Message is removed from capsule and soldier makes entry in code book.
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.
Convoy of ships at the harbor in Salerno, Italy. Aerial view of ships moving in the sea, aircraft bombing on ships and infantry reinforcement heading in landing crafts. Wounded soldiers in basket litter hoisted to aboard landing craft. Men help in pulling the litter on the landing craft. An army truck coming out from the landing craft while infantrymen getting down along with the wounded ones at the sea shore. A downed U.S. fighter plane at the shore in background is visible while soldiers and infantrymen move in army vehicles in front of it.
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.
Allied invasion fleet of over three thousand ships crosses the Mediterranean Sea. American, British and Canadian Armies along with other countries involved in the 'Operation Husky'. General George Patton receives the battle flag. Amphibious assault on the Gulf of Gela. Naval guns fired. Troops advance in the town of Gela. Civilians are seen. Landmines are cleared. General Lucian Truscott seen. Attack of fighter planes.