As Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie flees the country in 1936, Italian troops begin the invasion of Abyssinia.
ETHIOPIA (formerly ABYSSINIA): Addis Ababa:
**Orginal commentary overlaid throughout SOT**
AIR VIEW / AERIAL of city of Addis Ababa / General view of statue of King Menelek II / Close shot of Emperor Haile Selassie wearing pith helmet) / Various views of Selassie and his family boarding train which will take them into exile / Steam train leaving station / Ciitzens waving goodbye / High angle views of city as rain falls / High angle views of refugees from Addis Ababa fleeing city in rain / Various views of Ethiopians (referred to as 'natives' in the voiceover) rioting and looting after departure of Emperor (good shots) / General views of the British Legation building and British officers (wearing pith helmets) / Various views of Indian Sikh (Punjabi) troops (or 'disciplined Indian troops' who as the voiceover states saved the white poulation of the city from massacre) pitching tent and marchng towards / General views of burning buildings and smouldering remains / Ethiopians dancing and singing round fire at night SOT / General views of Marshal Pietro Badoglio along with officers / Various views of Fiat 300 Italian tanks towards / Various views of Italian cavalry galloping
High angle view of political rally in Venice Square / Low angle close shot of Benito Mussolini (Prime minister of Italy aka Il Duce) (classic shot of the dictator)
Background: As Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie flees the country in 1936, Italian troops begin the invasion of Abyssinia.
Italian-Abyssinian Conflict; Military - Active; Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Camera Effects; Ethiopia; Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; Royalty