U.S. Army soldiers recover German Panzer III Ausf L Flamethrower tank, in a village near Salerno, Italy, in World War II
Salerno Italy Date:1943, September 11 Duration:1 min 29 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Army troops of 179th Infantry entering village at Ponte Barizzo, Salerno, Italy, during World War 2. Some ride in a DUKW amphibious vehicle, and a few trucks are seen. But most soldiers simply walk through the area. An officer in a parked jeep watches as the troops move past. Soldiers hoist one of two captured German Panzer III Ausf L Flamethrower tanks with a U.S. tank recovery truck, and haul it away. A U.S. Army soldier, standing in the turret, steers the German tank as it is being towed. Elements (not seen) of the 753rd Tank Battalion and 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion were also engaged in this operation. (Note: Location has been identified as the intersection of SP11a and SP 278 east of the Sele River.)
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