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  • Short Summary

    The Allied Military Government take control of Sicily, introduce a Curfew and Arms Surrender and distribute food to civilians.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - paperwork dates it as 1943.

    Sicily, Italy.

    Title reads "Sicilians See Allied Military Govt. At Work".

    Various shots show Sicilian civilians reading a poster on a wall that gives details of the Curfew and Arms Surrender in English and Italian, from the Military Authority. Two Allied officers are shown some of the handguns that have been given in. On the balcony of the Town Hall a priest (paperwork says it's the Mayor) shakes hands with a military officer; a crowd watches from below.

    Sicilian civilians queue for food; they each handed what looks like a round of bread (or pizza dough) by a man in sunglasses. C/U of a civilian man wearing an armband that reads 'Civil Affairs Police'. Brief shot of troops walking from a rural area; could be Italian soldiers marching back to the town under the orders of the Allied soldiers.

    In the town, men have their papers checked by the Allied military at long tables under shelters. One Sicilian man leans across the desk to light the cigarette of a military man. Another man who has had his papers checked salutes the officer then runs across the street to where a crowd of people (mostly women) wait; he kisses a woman (probably his mother) and shows her his papers.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:52:00 / 01:32:46:00
    UN 189 D

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