Views of U.S. Forces in the Pacific and European theaters of operation during World War II
Solomon Islands Date:1944 Duration:3 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Troops in the Solomon Islands during World War II, load munitions and supplies aboard landing craft to be carried to the troopship, USS Frederick Funston (APA-89), sitting offshore. The equipment and troops are bound for Bougainville, New Guinea, to reinforce marines there. Next, the troops themselves, in full battle gear, enter Higgins boats, to be ferried to the troopship. Closeup of troops boarding one of the landing craft. View from a landing craft heading to the Frederick Funston, seen ahead. View from the Higgins boat approaching the troopship, and then of troops climbing aboard via a rope net. Closeup of soldiers climbing the net. Change of scene shows U.S. Field Artillery unit changing position on New Georgia. They employ caterpillar tractors to move the guns. One is seen bogging down in the soft earth, so another tractor assists by pushing on the gun (possibly damaging its barrel). After arriving at the new position, they are ordered to move again, because of movements of the Japanese forces. This time, the troops pitch in and use sheer manpower to move a howitzer. Scene shifts again, to Italy, where U.S. troops attempt to ford a river on the road from, Benevento, to Caserta, after German forces destroyed all bridges along it. A truck is seen successfully crossing after combat engineers created a path for it. Trucks and jeeps move through muddy paths. The last image shows a jeep equipped with a tall bumper-mounted wire cutter.
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