Headline in Army News newspaper ‘Clearing the way to Rome, Fifth Army Push On In Mountains’. Title ‘Sudden move of the Division across to the 5th Army’. Trucks driving down road. Planes in air. Trucks parked up on roadside. Soldier having a shave. Men carrying hay in sacking. Men resting against hay stack. Soldiers lining up for dinner. Convoy of army vehicles on road. Travelling shot through town from moving vehicle. Local old men seated, local children. [Naples]. Buildings, children in street. Locals walking down road with belongings. Women washing at river.
Sign on building ‘Via Appia’. Travelling shot past building ‘Casa Canoniera’. Women and children. Travelling shot along road. Planes flying overhead. Travelling shot along bridge. Vehicles parked up at camp site, men having food. Soldiers lined up in front of marquee. Soldier being given injection. White rabbit. Scenes in countryside. Farmer loads hay onto stack. Farm house. [Gypsy] women washing laundry in river. Group of people on roadside socialising with soldiers in jeep. Gypsy girl with tiny dog. Man and donkey.
Intertitle ‘Pompeii near Vesuvius Inundated 79 A.D.’ Soldiers at Pompeii, fruit market on street. Soldiers walking down road. Mount Vesuvius blowing smoke. Ruins of Roman forum. Soldiers walking through Pompeii ruins. Mt Vesuvius blowing smoke. Port town, Vesuvius in background, navy ships in port. Vesuvius emitting smoke. Travelling shot along road, army vehicles drive along road. Soldiers watch Vesuvius emitting smoke. Views of Royal Palace, Caserta, fountain, aqueducts, soldiers [fishing].
Cataloguer’s Note: Major G.H.Levien was RMO, 21 Battalion, Aug 1941-Dec 1942; Medical Officer, 5 Field Ambulance, Aug 1943-Dec 1944; OC Maadi Camp Hosp. Dec 1944-July 1945.