Efforts of the Allied Military Government to restore normalcy in the lives of Italians during World War II
Italy Date:1944 Duration:2 min 11 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Views of Financial institutions in Italy, during oversight by the Allied Military Government (AMG) in World War 2. Seen are buildings of the National Bank of Lavoro and The Bank of Sicily, that were undamaged by bombing. Inside a financial building, American soldiers are lined up to obtain "scrip" (special currency issued by the Allied Military Government). Sign at the cashier window reads: "currency exchange." A soldier holds a piece of Scrip. American soldiers making purchases from street vendors. One eating and apple he just purchased. Men working under AMG auspices to bring a damaged electric power plant back on line again. A steam locomotive begins pulling a train out of a station, as Italian railroad operations resume again under administration of the AMG. Passengers look out the windows as the train passes the camera. On a street corner, a man obtains a copy of a newspaper (Sicilia Liberata) as a free press reappears under the AMG. Churches are seen including one with a large gathering of persons outside. Red Cross workers are seen among others making their way across a makeshift passageway near a destroyed bridge. Other general scenes of Italian citizens living under the administration of the AMG.
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