Excellent material on the Italians returning to Trieste and the huge welcome they received.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Italian Newsreel item.
CU United States Transport ship "General Haan" , name on bow, docked in Trieste on 24th October 1954 as the British / US (American) troops leave Trieste and the Italians take over. Various shots, US / American troops from 351st battalion embarking, taken from dock and on board. (6 shots). LS High shot, American trucks full of troops on quayside
MS General Winterton (ex Governor of Trieste), Italian Minister Fracassi, and US (United States) General John Dabney meeting on 25th October 1954 and shaking hands. CU Winterton. CU Fracassi. CU Dabney. MS Press photographers. CU The three shaking hands.
Night shots, the first detachment of Italian troops drive in trucks across the Duino frontier and entering Zone A of Trieste on 26th October 1954, spectators line the border, cheering and waving Italian flags. (8 shots). LS Crowds running after the troop trucks at night. MS Italian soldiers get out of their car and are embraced by the local people. MS Women kissing a soldier in a truck. MS Police in the back of a truck. MS Two men waving Italian flags, one in a wheelchair, by the Trieste road sign. CU Road sign: "Trieste".
MS Italian military band (the brass band of the "Bersaglieri" wearing their old uniforms) marching through streets with cheering populace. (4 shots). MS Crowds stand in the rain below a tower in the town centre. Low angle, Italian flag flying from the tower. High shot, from the tower of exultant crowds in the street below. An unidentified man being cheered and helped into his car.
Italian cruisers in a rough sea arriving from Venice. Rough seas in the "Bora" (NE wind) shot from the cruiser, Italian flag on board. (5 shots).
MS Crowds in Trieste wait in the pouring rain holding flowers and flags. Exultant scene as a motorcade arrives in the rain heading more trucks carrying Italian troops, the crowds go wild, a brass band play on the back of lorry. (17 shots). Ground to air, jet fighter planes flying over the main square, the Piazza dell'Unita. Elevated shot, large crowds moving across square. (3 shots). Crowds mob the car bringing General De Renzi. (6 shots). Crowd snatch feathers from the Bersaglieri's hat. CU Bersaglieri soldiers and their helmets. (3 shots).
High elevated shot, of large crowds swarming round the motorcade bringing Italian troops. (5 shots). LS Italian warships arriving. Scene shot mainly from ship of thousands of people on the quay in the rain to greet the Italian marines. (11 shots). On the quayside as the ship docks, sailors on board, crowds breaking through the police barrier, climbing up on board the ship, women hugging the Captain.
In the Piazza dell'Unita, huge crowds gather to hear Mayor Bartoli speaking. The Italian flag is raised. CU Triestians watching the flag raising. High shot looking down on vast crowds. CU Flags.
Cataloguer's Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 24/10/1954. Italian commentary. Very emotional scenes with exultant crowds welcoming the Italian troops.