Allies, including U.S. Fifth Army, encounter heavy enemy resistance in amphibious assault at Salerno, Italy, in World War 2
Salerno Italy Date:1943 Duration:4 min 25 sec Sound:Yes
Allied invasion at Salerno, Italy, during 2nd World War. Scenes of U.S. Sherman tanks, military vehicles and troops, moving easily through Sicily. Animated map depicts allied invasion routes from Bizerte, North Africa, to two points on opposite sides of Italy mainland. Convoys emerge from smoke screens in bay of Salerno, Italy. Allied warship creating heavy black smoke screen. Decks of LSTs crammed with trooops and vehicles. Allied warships bombard Salerno coastline. Commandos, Rangers and Seabees, in first assault wave are targets of German guns and dive bombers. Pontoon boat dropped from LST, with 35 Seabees aboard, strikes a mine, and is destroyed, setting off conflagration on the LST. Other LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) discharging vehicles to the beach over floating causeways, under enemy fire. Destroyed U.S. Sherman tanks, vehicles and a U.S. P-40 aircraft , litter the beach. A Seabee uses semaphore flags to direct an LST to beach area. Seabees build shelters for war materiel and dressing stations where allied wounded are treated. Seabees continue to unload supplies to beachhead. Brief view of Lieutenant General Mark Clark, 5th Army commander, on the beachhead. Allied casualties being tended. Stretcher bearers carry wounded. Allied troops advancing on roads in Italy. Admiral Moreell, chief of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks, concludes narration of the Seabee documentary, from his office in Washington, DC
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