U.S. Army trucks moving along a paved mountain road in Volturno River valley region of Italy during World War 2. Sign at the road reads: "Road under direct observation and Artillery Fire. Keep 100 yds interval." U.S. troops gathered at roadside are passed by a jeep and a light truck with a protected anti-aircraft gun mounted in its back. Army signal corps soldiers installing telephone wires on an existing Italian pole. A peaceful valley pasture is disturbed by German artillery shells bursting in it. American army gunners firing a 105mm howitzers at German positions. A cluster of the shells bursting on a distant hillside. U.S. 155mm long tom guns being loaded and fired from camouflaged position in trees, and from under a camouflage netting. The shells exploding and raising white smoke along the base of hill overlooking the valley. Various views of the 155s firing. A wounded soldier being transported on a stretcher, down some mountainous terrain. U.S. infantry marching single file past a fallen German soldier. Views of mountain roads blown away by retreating German forces. Combat engineers are challenged to build a bridge against a sheer cliff. They employ jackhammers and manual tools and improvise support structures of heavy timbers. An engineer using a sledge hammer to drive a spike into the timbers. A team of men carry a heavy timber. Engineers creating a bridging structure, on the spot, to allow passage from one section of road to another. Finally, a jeep drives across the new bridge.
United States troops in Volturno River Valley, Italy. Trucks and other vehicles cross roads. The roads smashed. Vehicles and troops cross the road. Sherman Tanks pass on the roads. Wrecked buildings and rubble in view. Troops search the wreckage and debris. Rubble in streets cleared. Troops advance on the roads. Italian refugees travel roads. Aerial view of the valley. Troops fire German aircraft. Vehicles cross pontoon bridges.
Equipment and activities of engineers in Naples, Italy. A ruined city showing harbors, damaged ships, damaged buildings and debris. Wreckage in Naples harbor. Supplies being unloaded at repaired docks. Workers repair a wall. Engineers restore Naples water supply system. People receive water from pipe lines. Views of the Volturno River. The Volturno River is bridged.
The Allied Campaign in Italy during World War II. A map depicts the Volturno River. Aerial view of the river. Allied troops cross the river. Allied equipment and vehicles move across the river. Heavy rains disrupt the Allied advance in Italy. Allied troops and equipment face difficulty in moving through mud. Heavy snow poses a challenge for advancing Allied troops. Animated topographical map depicts snow covered mountains and German positions across passes. The map depicts German defense methods deployed like laying of mines, use of anti tank guns. Allied methods of attack include laying artillery barrage, clearing mines to move through mountain passes. Allied soldiers move across a rough terrain.
A documentary television program titled 'The Big Picture' depicts the role of U.S. soldiers in the Italian Campaign during World War II. U.S. soldiers advance on tanks. The soldiers climb up a snowy area and get off a landing craft. Sergeant James Mansfield speaks about the story of U.S. soldiers wearing a Blue Badge and the Italian Campaign fought by U.S. soldiers. The sergeant holds a Combat Infantryman Badge. Colonel William W. Quinn talks about the role of Combat Engineers and Blue Badge Infantryman in the Italian Campaign. Animated map of Italy shows British 8th Army capturing Foggia and U.S. 5th Army capturing Naples in Italy. The Volturno River and mountains in the background. A damaged bridge. Troops near the river. Animated map shows location of Allied troops. Engineers construct a bridge over the river. Allied troops cross the river with necessary supplies and artillery.
Traffic moving across a Bridge over Volturno River built by 1st battalion U.S. Army 343rd Engineers in Capua, Italy,during World War 2. The original bridge has been demolished and sits in the river bed. Closer view of the site. Traffic moving on the intact bridge is mostly military. View from water of an almost completely submerged section of the destroyed bridge. View from opposite shore of old buildings across the river, including the tower of the Cathedral of Capua (Cattedrale dei SS. Stefano e Agata). Camera pans from various places, including sandy bank of the river. Closer views of bridge show pedestrians walking across it.
(Note 1: The bridge built by 343rd Engineers, from October 16th to November 9th, was a semi-permanent structure, 332 ft high, 370 feet long, and classified as a two-way Class 40 or one-way Class 70 bridge. A million vehicles crossed it during the entire Italian campaign. Note 2: reportedly, opening slate refers to Major Linden Rigby, 196th Signal Photo Company, involved in the making of this film.)