• Short Summary

    Various Pathe news footage regarding events in Ethiopia during 1941.

  • Description

    Compilation of Pathe Gazette items.

    "Haile Selassie enters Abyssinia": (41/42) Emperor of Abyssinia arrives back in his country by aeroplane. Disembarks from plane. Crown Prince, Duke of Harar and Warrior Chief Raskassar (sp?) accompany him. Ceremony - British Officers give returning exiles an official welcome. The Crown Prince himself takes photographs as the Ethiopian flag is raised. Troops march past. C/U of Selassie. T/C out: 01:40:55

    "Mopping Up in Eritrea": T/C in: 01:40:55 (41/32) Italian retreat from Eritrea. Indian engineers repair a bridge which Italians had attempted to blow up. Road to Keren. Trucks. Cannons being fired. Landscape. Indian soldiers manoeuvres. They run through a village holding bayonets. Captured guns and tanks. T/C out: 01:41:54

    "Advance on Keren": T/C in: 01:41:54 (41/35) Transport problems. Trucks and a mule train. Combat - shells going off, wounded being carried on stretchers. Soldiers in trenches. Italian prisoners of war. C/U of one of prisoners. Airdrops of food. Men resting in trenches. T/C out: 01:43:18

    "After the Battle". TC in: 01:43:18 (41/35) Prisoners of war in camp after battle of Cape Matakan (sp?). C/Us of some faces. Return of victorious ships to Alexandria. Sailor on board ship. Shells being lifted aboard boat. C/U of smiling men working on deck. Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. TC out: 01:44:08

    "Keren occupied": T/C out: 01:44:08 (41/36) Cameron's Ridge - man looks through binoculars. Combat. Shell fire causes road blockages. Truck being pulled along. Loudspeakers are run forward to the front line. Hut with straw roof has sign outside saying "Broadcasting House". Joseph McCloud makes broadcast. Italian deserters walk past. Views of Kemen. Soldiers march into the town. Shot of the soldiers smiling at the camera. T/C out: 01:45:58

    "Eritrea's Last Stand": T/C in: 01:45:58 (41/41)Military manoeuvres. C/U of weapons. Narrator quotes from cameraman's diary to tell story. Men wave as the tank and procession pass by. Italian emissary. Italians wave white flags. Italian emissaries, Chief of Police and Bishop of Asmara. Brigadier accepts surrender of the town. Discussions take place in a charabanc. Policemen salute as the convoy arrives. Governors house - guard of honour present arms. Arms laid down in token of surrender. The Brigadier shakes hands. The troops enter the town. British prisoners of war show the camera their escape tunnel. They leave the camp. General meets with members of the Free French Force. Tank with white flag aloft. British Officers go into Massawa. Checkpoint. A blindfolded Italian Officer arrives at secret headquarters. Shots of destruction. British troops march into Massawa. British convoy of trucks arrive. Admiral defender of Massawa shoos away the cameraman and his colleague covers his face. Shots of damaged ships and tanks. T/C out: 01:51:09

    "The Fall of Addis Ababa": T/C in: 01:51:09 (41/43) Dire Dawa (?) - shots of the deserted town. Interiors of wrecked homes. Railway station bomb damage. Italian aircraft flies overhead. Former Viceroy of Italian East Africa meets with British Generals to discuss civil population. Wrecked bridge. Tanks in the streets. Piles of rifles. Wrecked planes at aerodrome. General Weatherall drives to Viceroy's Palace to accept surrender. Italian flag lowered and Union Jack raised. Italian guard of honour salutes. General Weatherall and Brigadier Dan Pinar (?) leave Viceroy's Palace. The Hall of Battle - General Weatherall to read official proclamation to chiefs. Abyssinian flag flies again. People applaud and smile. Marching band of South African Scottish Regiment. Troops march. Locals applaud. C/U of the soldiers smiling with thumbs up. T/C out: 01:55:23

    "Haile Selassie Enters Addis Ababa - First Pictures": T/C in: 01:55:23 (41/46) parade of civilians follow Haile Selassie as he returns to Addis Ababa. C/U of troops' faces. He emerges from a car to attend a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of St George. Military Chiefs and religious leaders including Rasaum Raskasa (?) and the Chief Abbot. Parade. Singing and genuflecting people. Procession of Ethiopian troops followed by the royal car. C/U of Selassie. Lieutenant General Cunningham greets Selassie. His son Duke of Harar accompanies him. Selassie makes a speech from the palace balcony to his people. Selassie seated in uniform. T/C out: 01:57:16

    "Aftermath at Addis Ababa": T/C in: 01:57:16 (41/49) Italian prisoners are marched through the streets. A woman laughs. Italian commander General Santini seen. Huge stack of rifles and machine guns. Prison camps. Friends and family visit men in camps. They are separated by barbed wire. The Italian prisoners smile and listen to a gramophone. T/C out: 01:58:07

    "Haile Salassie Reviews His Troops": T/C in 01:58:07 (41/51) Addis Ababa. Men march past as each Sub-Chief approaches the Emperor and tells of the feats he and his men have performed. Much gesticulation and posturing by troops and laughter from Selassie. T/C out 01:59:02

    "The Duke of Aosta Surrenders - Historic Pathe Pictures" T/C in: 01:59:02: (41/58) troops in the mountainous region of Ambaralarke(?). Italian army capitulates - final surrender. Fort Toselli(?) - Indian troops. Viceroys message of surrender is read. Defeated army are awarded honours of war. British General salutes as the garrison marches past. Victorious troops present arms. Duke of Aosta is the last to leave. He salutes the troops. See other records - a and b. T/C out: 02:01:22

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    01:39:52:00 / 02:01:22:00

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