Allied Military Government battles black market and corruption affecting Italian food and agriculture during World war II
Italy Date:1944 Duration:1 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
Challenges faced by the Allied Military Government while trying to reestablish Italian self reliance in agriculture during World War 2. Film opens showing Italian-sourced food supplies being delivered, as Narrator discusses problems of black market. He notes that Italian wheat growers who fail to declare excess grain are raided. Officials are seen entering and seizing grain from warehouse of such a grain merchant. Loaded trucks pass checkpoints set up on highways. View of official examining bill of laden from a truck being checked. Armed Italian Carabinieri ride on trucks of grain to prevent pilfering. Glimpse of AMG officials as narrator speaks of strict rationing system. Italians at a table, counting out ration coupons. Ceiling prices of all commodities seen posted at public places in Sicily. Sacks of seed potatoes being loaded from an AMG warehouse onto a horse-drawn cart that is then seen driving away, fully loaded. A boy on a farm unloades a sack of seed pototoes. Barefoot Italian women and girls planting the new crop. Fishing boats being readied to put out again. View from a fishing boat as men retrieve a large net filled with fish. An open air marketplace filled with Italian shoppers. A window sign announcing American bread. A woman shooing flies away from her open stall in the market as an old woman samples some of her wares.
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