Men of the 69th Brigade, 50th Division in Catania.
The advancing infantry are forced to descend into an anti-tank ditch after the bridge was blown up. Panning shot to bulldozer clearing the way for advancing transport. Bulldozer clearing gravel. Panning shot to tracks. The bulldozer at work. Tanks and Bren carriers moving up to chase the retreating enemy. A Sherman tank moving forward along a dusty track over a field. Panning shot from the blown bridge to anti-tank guns and carriers moving up.
Close up of strafed enemy planes in an open hangar. Panning shot across strafed planes in the hangars. Panning shot from knocked out planes to a wrecked hangar and a factory on the outskirts of Catania. Close up of a strafed Messerschmitt and bomber.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.