STK-ID 23391

"Sicily: Key to Victory" (00/07/1943): LS of shore from landing barge. Sequence on landing, Canadian soldiers wading to beach, feet sloshing through mud, amphibious vehicles, tanks driving up to beach from landing craft with loads of soldiers. Shot of sea, some distance off shore, erupting from bombs dropped by German planes. Shot of ship burning smokily. Various shots of soldiers landing, of equipment landing. Heroic LAS of general Montgomery standing on his command car, surveying soldiery. Shots of soldiers riding self-propelled tank into battle at Pachino Airfield (superimposed titles: ISPICA, MODICA, RAGUSA, CALTIGERONE, GRAMMICHELO). TRAVELLING SHOTs of Sicilian countryside, sign "PIAZZA ARMERINA". Sequence on general Achile d'Havet surrending to the Canadians while thousands of Italian prisoners of war march by. TILT DOWN monument dedicated to Italian soldiers who died in World War One. Shot of dead soldiers on roadside. Shots of German and Canadian graves. Shots of Canadian soldiers relaxing, eating or repairing their equipment in open air camp. Shot of soldier working under trackless Bren carrier. Montage of various homefront shots including shots of defence industries, women at work.


Excerpt from
Sicily - Key to Victory
National Film Board
Restriction Information
N, a, r, r, a, t, i, o, n, ;
Available formats
Digital Bétacam, Reel 35 mm, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
720 x 486