• Short Summary

    Italian army advances into Ethiopia.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "The big push - with the Italians on the Northern Front in Abyssinia".

    Italy annexes Ethiopia (aka Abyssinia). Ethiopia is organised with Eritrea and Italian Somaliland as Italian East Africa.

    Sound of heavy artillery. Various shots of Italian Army camp in desert. C/U of crate of artillery shells. M/S of Ethiopian man with mules in water hole. Various shots of Italian army advancing across desert land on foot and in truck convoys. Some African men on camels and in the trucks accompany them. Narrator explains "they've already occupied Gonder".

    L/S of dust track crossing baron plains. Various shots of truck convoys and flying convoys of Italian Army aeroplanes "pushing forward to Lake Tana" across dessert plains. Various shots of Italian bombers landing to be refuelled - "Harer and Jijiga have already been bombed out". Various shots airmen consulting map with officers. M/S of airmen climbing into cockpit. Various shots of pilots getting into aeroplanes. They are leaving to bomb railway bridge at Harer, cutting off Addis Ababa's only connection with outside world.

    Brief C/U of Italian Ensign flag. We see a radio operator tapping out Morse code. Various shots of "light tanks" of Italian Army advancing. Various shots of Italian soldiers putting up telephone wires across desert. M/S of radio operator in camouflage tent. Various shots soldiers advancing on foot and horseback.

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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:
    01:19:56:00 / 01:21:37:00

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