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Occupation and liberation of Rome

Film | Accession Number: 2008.311.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4719 | Film ID: 2865

Narrated by Ed Herlihy. Title: Universal Newsreel First Pictures of Rome's Capture. German newsreel footage showing Allied prisoners being marched through the streets of Rome during the German occupation. The narrator notes that the ". . . Italians watch quietly. Note the absence of any demonstration." Shots of Kesselring and fighting around Rome. American tanks enter and liberate Rome to cheering crowds: "Now the attitude of the Italian people has changed." People cheer the soldiers and wave American and Italian flags. American General Mark Clark enters the city in a Jeep. American, Italian and British flags fly. "The hated swastika flies no more over Rome." A US Army sergeant does a Mussolini impression on the balcony of Mussolini's former palace. Bells ring in the Vatican. Pope Pius XII addresses a crowd of 200,000. American soldiers attend mass. Aerial shots of Rome, "the first Axis capital liberated by our troops." Italian Crown Prince Umberto appears at the palace in front of a crowd. Crowds flee as a grenade is thrown into the headquarters of the fascist police. A woman kisses an American soldier. American soldiers line up to receive "real beer, made in Naples." Shots of a destroyed town north of Rome, where American soldiers inspect abandoned German artillery.

Also on this newsreel (beginning at 02:29:26):
Title: Buy a Bond - Join the 'Fighting 5th' (narrated by Ed Herlihy). Parades in Texarkana, Texas and in New York in support of the 5th war loan campaign. Title: Spars Become 'Sparks' (narrated by Gertrude Warner). Female Coast Guard reservists (SPARS) who have completed a course in radio reception. Commander Dorothy Stratton presents the women with certificates. Title: Human Side of the War (narrated by Ed Herlihy). American soldiers in the South Pacific receive mail during mail call. World of Sports: rodeo competition between the US and Australia.

Film Title
Universal Newsreel
Event:  1944 June
Rome, Italy
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:48
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