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    January 12, 1940. Giornale Italie.

    Translation provided by Nikolas93TS
    Squadron of submarines are preparing to leave the anchor for exercises of attack and launching torpedoes on moving targets.
    Once arrived on designated positions and locating the target,submarine dives for launching the torpedoes.
    While moving on surface,diesel engines are used,but once underwater,only silent electric motors are used.
    Commander brings the submerged vessel in favourable position for attack.Getting to bigger depth,launching tubes are reloaded for new strike.



    March 29, 1940. Giornale Italie. Eugenio di Savoia was part of the fourth group of Condottieri light cruisers, also known as Duca d'Aosta class.During the war she fought in the following actions; Battle of Punta Stilo,Operation Harpoon,Operation Pedestal.After the armistice in 1943, she was used as a training ship in Suez. She was transferred to Greece in 1949 as part of the Peace treaty. She was renamed Elli (Έλλη) and served until 1965.

    Translation provided by Nikolas93TS
    We are in Italy.Launch of seaplane from Eugenio di Savoia.The hard filming is done by out operator on plane and it's first of it's kind.
    Air plane is placed on launching platform,and it being moved in the positions by cables using electric motor.
    Then plane is locked by copper bar.Then air pressure in propulsion system is on maximum,copper bar broke and plane is launched.
    In only 40m plane gets 150km/h! Process is delicate and hard,absolute attention is necessary. The pilot is ready.



    May 20, 1940. Giornale Italie. The Italian navy conducts mine sweeping maneuvers in the Mediterranean.

    Translation provided by Nikolas93TS

    Now you see some of ours mine sweepers in systematic sweeping,action necessary during the war time,for securing safe routes.
    Two sweeping cables are inserted,together with floating boxes.Cables are provided with cutters,for use against tied mines.You can see how it works.
    Minesweepers are already in actions.Crew is careful,because once mine is floating,it's necessary to sink it with machine guns.Sometime it explode.
    Even merchant fleet assist.Here are motor-boats lining along coast line for mine sweeping with new system.System works by linking the boats
    with heavy cable,and intending to catch mine cable.
    Once mine is located,it's transferred for deactivation.




    June 18, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 49. The island of Malta, claimed by Italy. Shown are ships of the Royal Navy (probably HMS Warspite, HMS Malaya, and the escort carrier HMS Eagle). An unveiling of a bust in honour of Fortunato Mizzi, founder of the pro-Italian movement on Malta.

    Translation provided by Nikolas93TS
    Let's take a look on Malta,second pistol pointed against Italy.
    Founded by Knights Hospitallers,taken by Napoleon,then reconquered by British.
    They promised the return of island to Knights Hospitallers after the war,however as usual,
    they forgot the promise,and transformed Malta into formidable fortress,the key of Mediterranean.
    British (English) fleet anchored in Grand Harbour protected by many forts.
    This is Valletta.Old fort Saint Elmo.It watching the entrance of Small (Marsamxett) Harbour and Grand Harbour.Church of Saint John,protector of Order.
    The Theatre.Governor Palate.
    Malta in every place and time had defended it's Italian belonging.An unveiling of a bust in honour of Fortunato Mizzi, founder of the pro-Italian movement on Malta.




    July 21, 1940. Giornale Italie. Italian anti-aircraft drills.

    Translation provided by Nikolas93TS
    A highlight on our air defence.
    On convenient distance from defended areas are spotting posts.This is one aero-phone,capable of registering the engine rumour and determinate the direction of plane.
    Informations from spotting post are transmitted to local defence HQ.Officer on duty determinate the position and direction of enemy planes and alarms the defence centres.
    In same time are alarmed the air base and all AA batteries.
    We are in the base.Commander receive the command and give the signal with flare pistol.Pilots are running to prepared planes.
    While the pilots are preparing,the AA batteries are in alert.The artillery men are going to their positions.Spotters,gunners,re-loaders are ready while fighters take off.
    Meanwhile, electronic centre automatic calculate the distance and other instructions to all batteries.Cannons are pointed.The timing of fuses.Guns are ready!

    Last edited by Skoblin; 01 Oct 09, 11:24.


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    This something I didn't expect to be interested in !
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    • #3
      Originally posted by skoblin
      June 18, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 49.
      Along with Crete, Malta is one of the places I need to visit soon. Cheers skoblin .
      Last edited by Skoblin; 01 Oct 09, 11:25.
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      • #4
        Great stuff Skoblin ! I don't post on every thread but certainly look at all the ones you post on this video forum. Your work, and especially the background info in English, on ALL these threads are much appreciated.

        Question:
        Was 'LUCE' (icon shown in upper right of vids), the Italian version of propoganda film department, similar to German IFA?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Canuckster View Post
          Great stuff Skoblin ! I don't post on every thread but certainly look at all the ones you post on this video forum. Your work, and especially the background info in English, on ALL these threads are much appreciated.

          Question:
          Was 'LUCE' (icon shown in upper right of vids), the Italian version of propoganda film department, similar to German IFA?
          Thanks, Canuckster....and I have a few videos of the Canadian army I'll post in the future. LUCE was (and I believe still is) an Italian film production similar to UFA in Germany. It produced a number of propaganda serials during the time of Mussolini, including the bi-weekly Giornale Luce as well as longer documentary films.

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          • #6
            An Italian submarine returns to base

            July 30, 1940. Giornale Luce. An Italian submarine returns to base after a victorious encounter with the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean.

            Translation by Nikolas93TS
            The return of one our submarine after a long and successfully sortie during she sink one other British submarine and destroyer.
            Other sailors and base personal joyfully salute safely returned crew.
            Journalists are writing down the details of this double score to British navy.Sailor said enemy destroyers launched 131 depth charge.Navigator shows way he counted
            the charges.A long line of nods.Crew shows and the flag created during the mission.A flag that represent team work and indomitable spirit.


            Last edited by Skoblin; 01 Oct 09, 12:37.

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            • #7
              I second Canuckster. I don't comment on every thread, but I certainly watch them. Great job!
              Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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              • #8
                Italian air missions over the Mediterranean

                August 9, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 064. Italian Cant.Z 501 Giabbiano and three-engined Cant.Z 506 Airone seaplanes are readied for reconnaissance missions over the Mediterranean. The enemy is found, and a squadron of Savoia-Marchetti SM. 79 Sparviero bombers are sent against British naval craft.

                Translation by nikolas93TS
                In our hydro-plane base,is a hard work to prepare the mighty machines.
                Radio station.Important message have arrived.The radioman is dispatching the message to commander.He direct the message to encrypting officer.Has encryption.
                Alert.Squadron commander give his last instructions.Boats are ready to dispatch crew to their planes.Ready for take off.Here we go!
                Our planes are in full speed towards the target.Our convoy is under attack by enemy planes,and enemy offensive have to be stopped.
                Enemy convoy is spotted,and we are directed toward enemy formation.Enemy plane is burning on water.The consequence of our action.
                Return to base.Crews are saluted by other personal.One surprise for returned men.Enemy plane,launched from air carrier, have been shoot down near the base.
                In other base,stockpiles of bombs ready for resupply.Our airmen have write special dedications on bombs.
                Instructions for new missions are ready.Enemy units are spotted near the Balearic islands.Mission will be hard,because planes are overloaded with bombs,and dawn is approaching.
                Planes will get back during the night,in total dark.Fortunately our planes are moving west,so they will get some hours of light.Enemy ships wouldn't be able to escape.
                Route is controlled on map.Crew is anxious of arriving in time.Enemy units are spotted.It's clear,big enemy naval formation.Brits are still unaware of menace.
                Bombers turning off the engines,and start diving.Despite the strong AA fire,our planes continue to release the bombs,one after another.
                Enemy formations are moving zig-zag in order to evade us,but there is no possibility to run away.
                Bomb explosions and machine gun fire are intense.Two major enemy war ships are burning with several other vessels.AA fire is violent,but dark safe our formation.
                Fires from ships are visible from planes for several minutes.

                Last edited by Skoblin; 01 Oct 09, 12:39.

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                • #9
                  Bersaglieri in Albania

                  August 9, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 064. Members of the Italian Bersaglieri Corps of sharpshooters on maneuvers in Albania.

                  Translation by nikolas93TS
                  With our Bersaglieri (Elitè mobile troops of Italian army) in Albania during the brilliant exercises on diverse terrain.
                  Simulation of air attack, and Bersaglieri move quickly into the bush.
                  Quick deployment of AA defense. Machine guns in actions against planes. A daring maneuver with motorcycles.
                  Exercise with anti-gas masks. Motorcycles making a ford. Return in march.



                  NOTE: Skoblin mentioned the Bersaglieri were sharpshooters.That is literal meaning,derived from word bersaglio,which means shooting target.
                  In modern history(last hundred years) however,they represent elite troops,very versatile,as they performed (and still do) actions of exploring but also role of heavy infantry.
                  German Panzer Grenadiers are very similar,but the Bersaglieri never used APCs (due to lack of them).Other counterpart are storm troopers but Italy used more appropriate infantry force, Arditi(Daring men).The Bersagleri served as a mobile all-terrain infantry force in armoured/mechanised divisions like Ariete, Centauro and Trieste,but also as recon battalion in regular in certain infantry division.They all were of above-average size and stamina,excellent marksmen,and selected carefull

                  Thanks for the additional information, Nik. If I remember rightly, Rommel had nothing but praise for the Beragleri who served under his command, and went out of his way to commend their actions in North Africa. skoblin
                  Last edited by Skoblin; 02 Oct 09, 11:45.

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                  • #10
                    Bardia Bombarded

                    August 15, 1940. Movietone News. Disarmed elements of the former French navy moored up at Alexandria. The Royal Navy bombards Italian positions at Bardia in Libya.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by R. Evans View Post
                      I second Canuckster. I don't comment on every thread, but I certainly watch them. Great job!
                      I second Bob's comment!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Torien View Post
                        I second Bob's comment!
                        Thanks Torie, Bob and Canuck! Always appreciate the comments

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skoblin View Post
                          Thanks Torie, Bob and Canuck! Always appreciate the comments
                          I've been left out .
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post
                            I've been left out .
                            Oh man, sorry 'bout that Nick.....please request a video of anything in particular and I'll post it today. My brain sometimes goes on autopilot....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by skoblin View Post
                              Oh man, sorry 'bout that Nick.....please request a video of anything in particular and I'll post it today. My brain sometimes goes on autopilot....
                              Something in Tunisia 42/3? Actually anything really . I enjoy watching all these. Much more entertaining than some crap put together for TV .
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