Item showing 14 men who have been hanged during Italian / Turkish war 1911.
Public hanging of 14 men during Italian -Turkish war; 1911.
Opens with MS Italian officers walking along under scaffolding where the corpses are hanging; the first officer is looking up at the bodies; then writing something down in a small notebook; as if taking inventory! A bizarre and frightening sight.
Shot from farther back showing all 14 of the hanged men; with a crowd of both military and civilians standing round edge of the small courtyard or square. An Italian officer walks past near the scaffold. A small dog runs around in background. MS panning on group of Italian soldiers; then pan left to the bodies hanging. The dead men are dressed in loose robes with turbans or fez-like hats.
No information on what crimes these men were supposed to have committed; nor on their identity - they may be Turks but then again they may be Libyans. As a result of this war the Ottoman Empire lost Libya; Rhodes and Dodecanese Islands to Italy.
Footage is reversed and repeated.