• Short Summary

    Allies troops under General Wetherall march into Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Pathe Gazette Special - The fall of Addis Ababa".

    Abyssinia (aka Ethiopia).

    L/S of town - Addis Ababa or Diredows? Various shots of the deserted town of Diredows which is on the main line to Addis Ababa. Various shots of interiors of deserted rooms in houses, looks like they've been ransacked. L/S of the railway station at Diredows which was bombed by the allies. Various shots of the railway workshops damaged by bombing.

    L/S of an Italian aeroplane, a Savoia 79, in flight. M/S of the aircraft landing. M/S of the Savoia on ground with British officers walking towards the machine. C/U of the Italian emissary who has come to the allied lines to negotiate the surrender of Addis Ababa. He walks off with the British officers.

    Various shots of bridge over ravine at Awash, the Italian army wrecked it in their retreat. Various M/Ss of an allied convoy moving along the road to Addis Ababa. The road is lined with natives all carrying white flags. Various shots of wrecked Italian aeroplanes; Caproni and Fiat fighter aircraft and Savoia 79 transport planes. M/S of the armoured car bearing General Wetherall, the car flies a Union Jack and is escorted by Italian motorcycle police.

    Good shot of exterior of the Viceroy's Palace at Addis Ababa. C/U of General Wetherall as he enters the palace. Pan with the Italian flag as it is pulled down from the mast outside the Palace, a Union Jacks replaces it. M/S of the Italian guard of honour reluctantly saluting as it is hoisted over the Palace. C/U of General Wetherall as he leaves the Palace. C/U of the South African Commander Brigadier Dan Pienaar.

    M/S of General Wetherall as he mounts the steps of the Hall of Battle. Various shots of the Abyssinian (Ethiopian) chiefs assembled to hear the official proclamation. C/U of the Abyssinian flag pan down to the chiefs who are holding the flag aloft. Various shots of crowds of Abyssinians cheering in the streets. C/U of a sign - 'Addis Ababa' - pan to men of the South African Scottish Regiment as they march into the town behind their pipe band.

    Various shots of the Regiment marching through the streets of Addis Ababa with cut-ins of cheering natives. Various C/Us of cheering South African soldiers congregated around the sign Addis Ababa.

    Note: Allied forces entered Addis Ababa on Sunday April 6th 1941 after covering 700 miles in a month.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:03:00 / 01:49:17:00

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