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    Footage of King Amanullah of Afghanistan.

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    Afghanistan King Amanullah succeeds murdered father.

    Afghanistan; scenes from Kabul; probably during or after revolt in 1919 ? Amanullah Khan replaces his father; Habibullah Khan; who was assassinated.(Titles; in German; are rather confusing; they may have reversed the names of the 2 kings.) Shots of Afghan men walking about streets of city; others sitting on street; most wear turbans and baggy layers of clothing; shoes w/ turned up toes. One man seems to be a street barber cutting another man's hair.

    CU vendor of carpets & fabrics sitting on ground; he spreads a cloth w/ intricate design on top of rolled rugs in front of him. Many Afghan soldiers walking down street; carrying rifles. Young boys in various ethnic clothing walk alongside. Group of soldiers pose together; wearing ammunition belts both around their waists and criss-crossed over their chests. CU New Amir Amanullah Khan (but identified as his father); also w/ masses of ammo; w/ soldiers. Cut to scenes of aeroplanes taking off in snowy field. Titles (Ger.) say the last foreigners are being flown toIndia in British military aeroplanes. Evacuation; assassination; revolution; royalty; politics; coups;

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:22:40:00 / 01:23:41:00
    ON 338 H

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  1. Unknown user says

    This film does not show the succession of King Amanullah after his murdered father, King Habibullah, in 1919, but it shows the end of the reign of King Amanullah in 1929, and his successor Habibullah Kalakani, called 'Bacha-e Saqqao' (son of the water-carrier). In addition it shows the rescue of the European community from Kabul to Peshawar by the British Royal Air Force: the very first airlift.

    Best regards from the Swiss Afghanistan Institute

    Paul Bucherer-Dietschi

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