• Short Summary

    Last pictures of Italian fleet before devastating British attack + shots of Mussolini and Hitler.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Italian Fleet smashed".

    Location of events unknown, probably the Mediterranean.

    Various shots of Italian navy's fleet sailing out to sea. Low angled shot of naval officer and Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) standing on deck of ship. More shots of fleet. Various shots of Adolf Hitler boarding ship, we see him shaking hands with Mussolini. According to narrator these are the last pictures of Mussolini's navy as a whole. The Royal Navy has sunk several cruisers including "Pola", "Zara" and "Fiume", as well as 2 destroyers and the warship "Vittorio Veneto".

    Good C/U of British White Ensign. Various L/Ss of Royal Navy's fleet. C/U of Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. Various shots of ships "Warspite", "Valiant", "Barham" and "Abbott" (sounds like "Havoc" on track). Various shots of aeroplanes of Fleet Air Arm taking off from deck of aircraft carrier. Aerial shots of aeroplanes flying over sea. C/U of Mussolini looking through binoculars. All through latter part of item, "Land of Hope and Glory", is played as track.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1111.24
    Media URN:
    38663
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1941
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:36:00 / 01:27:11:00
    Canister:
    41/27

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