U.S. Pacific fleet at sea before Pearl Harbor attack, and Italian sailors establish barrage balloons around Italian Naval base
Italy Date:1942 Duration:4 min 24 sec Sound:Yes
The U.S. Naval fleet underway in the Pacific before Pearl Harbor. Italian narrator describing names and sizes of various ships including the USS Arizona,USS Oklahoma, USS West Virginia, USS California and USS New Mexico. Footage of the U.S. Pacific fleet ships in heavy seas with water crashing over their bows. Army Air Force biplanes take off from the deck of the USS Langley Aircraft Carrier. Sailors stand by as a biplane aircraft lands on the deck of the USS Langley (CV-1). Biplane aircraft on the deck of the USS Langley. Topic then changes to Air-Raid Defenses in and around Italian naval bases. Italian Sailors roll helium barrage balloon inflation tanks into ships. Sailors direct air into a balloon. Numerous barrage balloons in the sky. Soldiers prepare to release a balloon from a boat and fasten the metal cables. Deck guns in position. Soldiers observe through binoculars, telescopes, other instruments and monitor gauges and radar on a machine. A soldier talks on the radio from amidst sand bag barricades. Soldiers watch as two play a bacci ball game. They run to take their positions as a soldier signals incoming enemy aircraft. Enemy planes attack the Italian base. Explosions near ships in the water. A barrage balloon is hit and bursts into flames. Sailors fire anti aircraft artillery from behind a barricade. Mobile units dash to substitute the destroyed barrage balloon with a new one. Soldiers in a truck hold onto the new balloon and then release it.
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