ENTRY INTO THE TOWN OF PATERNO BY BRITISH TROOPS [Allocated Title]
The 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, 13th Infantry Brigade, entering Paterno and being greeted by civilians.
View of Paterno with a Sherman tank manned by men of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade in the foreground. Paterno as seen from the forward positions, with Mount Etna in the background. A Sherman tank passing a large bomb crater on the road to Paterno as men of the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment march in file up to new positions. Further shots of men of the 2nd Wiltshires marching. Panning shot from signpost for Paterno to a Mark IV armoured car as it makes its way to the town. The main road into the town with the town in the background. Men of the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment marching through the town and being cheered and kissed by a few locals. Various shots of the troops being greeted by people in the town. View looking down on the town from the cathedral. A cart load of civilians in the town. Civilians making their way through bomb damage in the town, panning shot to a child carrying a bunch of flowers. Further troops of the Wiltshire Regiment marching through the town. A group of civilians cheering passing troops.
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.