This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza in Rome, Italy. Italian citizens line the streets and climb aboard vehicles that pass through the square: 36. Signs for Badoglio and Italy are seen: 41. Men are seen defacing buildings: 58. Card: the British Eighth Army sets out, from Sicily, to invade Italy. Terms of unconditional surrender have already been signed secretly. 1:11. Allied naval ships can be seen in an Italian harbor 1:30. Soldiers carrying guns smile at the camera and board ships 1:53. At sunset, a boat travels through the harbor 2:03. Card: Almost unopposed, the Eighth Army rolls ashore on Italian soil. 2:14. Soldiers march through the sand 2:23. A Jeep rolls over a makeshift bridge 2:38. “Simultaneously, the American Fifth Army prepares to invade Italy at Salerno, just below Naples.” 2:46. Soldiers march in front of smoke spewing ships 3:11. Soldiers board the Navy ships 3:26. Card: Vice Admiral Hewitt and Lt. General Mark Clark. 3:38. The two men are seen at the railing of a Navy ship and speaking with one another 3:48. Soldiers surround a map and do reconnaissance 3:58. Card: Reinforcements from the sea help to win Salerno. Sweeping up from the south, the British Eighth Army joins with the Yanks. 4:02. A soldier watches the sun goes down as Navy ships fill the harbor 4:24. Men and supplies are loaded into transport boats from the larger naval vessels and head to shore 4:45. Landing craft arrive on the beaches while tanks and trucks roll off 5:18. Officers talk on the beach 5:33. Card: Gen. Eisenhower and British Adm. Cunningham watches units of the Italian fleet sailed to surrender at Malta. 5:38. General Eisenhower aboard a naval vessel 6:00. Men in various dress on deck of the naval vessels 6:22. Card: Allies Capture Lae. The Landing at Lae was an amphibious landing to the east of Lae and then the subsequent advance on the town during the Salamaua–Lae campaign of World War II. Part of Operation Postern, which was undertaken to capture the Japanese base at Lae, the landing was undertaken between 4 and 6 September 1943 by Australian troops from the 9th Division, supported by US naval forces from the VII Amphibious Force. The first major amphibious operation undertaken by the Australian Army since the failed Gallipoli Campaign, the Australians invested a significant amount of effort into planning the operation. Card: Trained Australian jungle fighters of Gen. MacArthur’s command embark to do their part in encircling the jabs at Lae, New Guinea.” 6:50. Soldiers from the beach board the naval vessel 7:06. As the boats leave the beach a plane flies overhead 7:16. Naval boats sail in unison 7:28. Card: A Naval Bombardment Precedes the Landings. 7:41. Shelling in the water 7:50. Card: The Aussies Pile Ashore. The men come to shore from the naval ships 8:10. Card: One day later MacArthur and Lieut. General Kenney direct the launching of an American air-borne attack. 8:35. Gen. MacArthur speaks to officers 8:50. The troops ready their equipment 9:05. War planes are lined up on the tarmac 9:13. Paratroopers with their chutes packed, board the airplanes 9:31. A plane takes off from the runway 9:47. Gen. MacArthur talks to a gunner on board an airplane 9:50. Parachutes are deployed from the airplane 10:33. A man with a video camera films the scene. Hundreds of parachutes are in the air 10:43. Card: The Australian troops after a five-day trek from the coast, meet their American allies to complete the encirclement of the Japs. 10:55. Troops march across a field of high grass 11:18. Australian troops smile at the camera 11:30. Card: Reinforcements arrived by air. The tall grasses burned to prepare a way for their landing. Swiftly and efficiently, the last Jap is driven from this sector. 11:36. Planes fly overhead as men prepare the fields for landing strips 12:15. Equipment is unloaded from the airplanes 12:33. The End. News of the World.
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