View of farm workers standing atop a pile of wheat sheaves on a threshing machine. This is the first wheat harvest from farms in the reclaimed Pontine marshes of Italy. The Italian flag is raised above them. Several photographers are taking pictures from the ground. Benito Mussolini in working clothes, is amongst the workers on the threshing platform, just below the pile of sheaves. Closeup shows women on the platform receiving sheaves of wheat handed down to them from people atop the pile. Mussolini feeds the sheaves into the thresher. He wears a short sleeved shirt, a neckerchief, and has goggles pushed up on his forehead. Camera moving around the rig, as work is in progress, shows it proceeding rapidly, with Mussolini working very hard. Sometime(unseen) Mussoline has donned a wide brimmed straw farm hat. At the end, Mussolini stands up on the platform, removes his hat and shakes hands with a farmer standing next to him. (Reportedly he worked the whole morning.)
The Italian fleet surrenders before the Allied powers in Italy during World War II. Warships underway at sea. British Royal Navy Fleet Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower and other officers on the bridge of a warship. Distant aerial view of ships in a convoy. Italian battleships Vittorio Veneto and Littoria underway. Italian warships at anchor. Italian warships and submarines at sea. An Italian officer shakes hands with a British officer. An Italian Admiral and aides arrive at a pier in a launch. They are greeted by Admiral Cunningham.
Nazi rally in Nuremberg, Germany ca.1934. Massed Storm troopers and spectators salute Hitler.An artillery piece is fired. Hitler personally recognizing loyal Storm troopers. Animated map of Asia, showing Japanese occupation of Manchuria, and Italian occupation of Ethiopia. Newspaper headlines describe Britain and France hesitating to support League of Nations oil sanctions against Italy; and U.S. increasing its oil exports to Italy by 600% (ca. 1935). Hitler and Hermann Goering looking pleased in Hitler's private railroad car. Adolf Hitler at a planning table covered with maps. German citizens traveling abroad and Joachim von Ribbentrop visiting London, as ambassador to Great Britain, in 1936. View of Léon Degrelle and his Catholic-fascist, Rexist party in Belgium (ca. 1936). View of Colonel Francois de la Rocque speaking at a Cross of Fire (Croix-de-Feu) party night rally in France.Konrad Henlein,leader of the Sudeten German Party in Czechoslovakia. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian National Socialist official, seen in an automobile during a parade. Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, addressing followers and defending Hitler. Street scenes of public disorder attributed to Nazi sympathizers in France and Belgium. Mass meeting of the German American Bund in Madison Square Garden, New York City,1939. U.S. flags and picture of George Washington decorate stage. Fritz Julius Kuhn addresses the gathering and members rough up a protester. Views of heavy industry in Germany, especially steel manufacturing for remilitarization. Persons working at a German concentration camp. Dramatized execution by machine gun. View of Heinrich Himmler. German President Paul von Hindenburg. German national conscription of 1935. German youth training pilots with gliders. German paratroopers, Junkers 52 aircraft, soldiers goosestep, tanks. Ju 87 Stuka plane. German invasion of Rhineland, 1936. Construction of Siegfried Line. Antitank barriers, bunkers, dragons teeth. Hitler visiting Westwall. German military parade.
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
View of the Lisbon Airport in Portugal. Portugal-colonies Line plane on runway. Italian Savoia Marchetti plane. Arrival of several planes including Portuguese transport plane, Italian planes, Douglas plane of the London Lisbon Line. Unloading air mail and Portuguese Custom officer. Douglas plane fueled. Italian plane of the Ala Littoria Savoia Marchetti of the Genoa-Barcelona-Lisbon Line. Tails of English, Italian and Portuguese planes lined up. Passengers ladders of planes of several airlines. German plane take off.
Gifts given to traffic policemen in Rome, Italy. A historical building in the background. People crowd on a street. A man gives gifts to the traffic police. The gifts are kept at the center of the road in a growing pile beside a policeman on duty. From a December 14, 1959 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.