• Short Summary

    Capitulation of Italy.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "ITALY: CAPITULATION".


    Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) on balcony at the time of Italy's entry into the war, he raises his arm to the huge crowd below. Brief shot of Mussolini reviewing his air force. Various shots of Britain's Prime Minister Mr Winston Churchill wearing white suit, he waves to crowds from open car as he is driven through the streets of Quebec. Prime Minister of Canada Mr MacKenzie King is in the car with him.

    Masses of people gathered in front of the Parliament building in Ottawa. American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on dais outside the building addressing the crowd. He starts with words: "Mr King, my old friend...". He then talks about the relationship between Canada and USA, and their combined efforts to rid the world of gangsterism. He ends with: "...once and for all we are going to be rid of outlaws this time." Several shots of the crowd standing during the National Anthem. President Roosevelt leaves in the open car. He waves, huge crowds around.

    Various dawn shots of the invasion fleet leaving Sicily for Italy. Daytime shots of the troops leaving landing craft on the beaches. General Dwight Eisenhower. Various shots of a small group of people in English public house standing around radio. They are listening to General Eisenhower announcing the Italian surrender. The group of people raise their glasses and cheer.

    Various shots of the ships of the Italian fleet sailing to allied ports after instructions from Admiral Cunningham. British infantry moving along the road. Group of smiling British and American soldiers. Ground to air shots of formation of allied aircraft flying over the sea. Various shots of the British naval ships firing broadsiders.

    (Mute & Track Negs.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:49:00 / 01:22:07:00

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