Night shot of the ruins of Pompey. Montage of ruins caused by war in various Italian cities: buildings, stadiums, electric power complexes, factories, railway yards. Sequence showing civilians living in the mountains, carrying on as usual. Shot of a little girl bringing water up a hill, women washing their clothes, chatting. Shot of a little girl walking out of a cave that serves as dwelling. Various shots of people walking through the blasted landscape with their belongings. Shot of a group of men burying the dead. Shots of men attempting reconstruction, shovelling, hauling dirt away in bags. LS of farmers ploughing with horses and oxen. Long sequence showing people at soup kitchen being fed by American soldiers. Various shots of people, children and adults, eating. Night shots of black marketeer loading his mules, heading for the hills. Harbour shots of relief ship, amphibious vehicle loaded with supplies emerging from the water, driving through town, being unloaded, of American army truck being loaded with supplies, of woman weighing rations as people wait patiently.