Start of the 2nd Italo-Ethiopian War (Second Italo-Abyssinian War).Map shows Red Sea, Arabian peninsula, and Africa, and highlighting Ethiopia and its capital, Addis Ababa, along with Djibouti and the regions of Erythree (Eritrea) and Somalie Italienne (Italian Somaliland). Following border controversies, Narrator states the matter came to a head when Italian and Ethiopian elements clashed at Welwel oasis (aka Walwal, or Ual-Ual).on November 26, and again, on December 4, 1934. Views of League of Nations council reviewing the situation. (They later concluded, on October 7, 1935, that Italy violated Article 12 of the League Covenant, by its invasion on October 3rd.) Crowds are seen demonstrating in Ethiopia. Italian forces are seen embarked on a ship as part of Italy's force buildup. Italian forces, including armor and infantry, are seen in their wholesale invasion from Eritrea, into Ethiopia, on October 3, 1935. With war declared, Ethopian troops muster in areas of the Capital, Addis Ababa. Ethopian tribesmen are seen answering the call to arms
A film titled 'Addis Ababa prepares for seize' shows Italian envoy Count Vinci Gigliucci leave the city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Soldiers and civilians pass by a street and soldiers salute the Italian soldiers. Italian soldiers help the natives to learn the usage of gas masks. Many tribesmen enter the city from their temporary camps on the outskirts. American flag painted on sloping roofs seen.
Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie prepares to defend his empire against Italian invasion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Emperor seated on throne with his wife. Ethiopian troops prepare for battle against Italian army. Men march with swords in their hands. Troops in uniform march with rifles in their hands.
Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia reviews troops in Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Men dressed up in traditional fur attire and horsemen in traditional costumes at a parade. Emperor Haile Selassie I reviews them as they march. Soldiers and horsemen parade in a field as Abyssinia threatens an Italian invasion.
Foreigners flee from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The last Italian Consul and other officials leave the city. Men seated on horsebacks moving across the area. Men constructing bomb proof shelters. They dig out mud and are engaged in construction work. Officials at a railroad station. They board a train and the train leaves the area.
Soldiers and civilians march in Addis Ababa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in a lavish ceremony celebrating the coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia. Newsreel slate indicates the affair cost 4 million dollars. Native people gathered to see the parade. Troops and civilians march. Dignitaries from foreign countries present at the event. People watch from balconies. Officials talk to tribal people. Cavalry soldiers march. Emperor of Abyssinia (Emperor of Ethiopia) Haile Selassie I (also previously known as Ras Tafari, on whom the Rastafari movement is based), seated on the throne at the top of a hill watches parade of soldiers and civilians. People watch as cavalry troops march followed by soldiers.