Battle for Rome (film #85 on Universal Newsreels). [Category: Military & Propaganda]

This newsreel from 1945 includes stories on the Allied takeover of Rome, retreating German soldiers burning a warehouse, Allied bombing of Italian rail yards, a meeting of Allied generals, a fun story about ladies’ fashions and “rooms of tomorrow”, some boys collecting enough pennies to buy a canteen truck for soldiers, a roller skating show, African-American paratroops, and fierce fighting on a Pacific island somewhere. This makes it a great slice of life from the war years, but unfortunately, it’s missing its soundtrack. Still, the visuals have a lot of historical value.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.

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