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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Originally posted by skoblin View Post
    October 23, 1940. Les Actualites Mondiales. On July 3, 1940, the British Admiral James Somerville, commanding Force H at Gibraltar, presented an ultimatum to the French admiral, Marcel-Bruno Gensoul, demanding that the French fleet moored at Mers el-Kebir on the Algerian coast either join with the British navy, move to the West Indies or face destruction. The French admiral rejected the ultimatum. In the afternoon of July 3, the British attacked with the battle-cruiser HMS Hood, the battleships HMS Valiant and HMS Resolution and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. The British attack led to the sinking of the old French battleship, the Bretagne, with 977 dead, and damage to the battleships Dunkerque and Provence. The battleship Strasbourg escaped to Toulon. In all, some 1297 French sailors and marines were killed and another 350 wounded.
    Nice film. Still a contentious issue.
    Last edited by Skoblin; 04 Mar 09, 21:06.

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  • Skoblin
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    Mers el-Kebir

    October 23, 1940. Les Actualites Mondiales. On July 3, 1940, the British Admiral James Somerville, commanding Force H at Gibraltar, presented an ultimatum to the French admiral, Marcel-Bruno Gensoul, demanding that the French fleet moored at Mers el-Kebir on the Algerian coast either join with the British navy, move to the West Indies or face destruction. The French admiral rejected the ultimatum. In the afternoon of July 3, the British attacked with the battle-cruiser HMS Hood, the battleships HMS Valiant and HMS Resolution and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. The British attack led to the sinking of the old French battleship, the Bretagne, with 977 dead, and damage to the battleships Dunkerque and Provence. The battleship Strasbourg escaped to Toulon. In all, some 1297 French sailors and marines were killed and another 350 wounded.

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  • Torien
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    Quite a video. It would be interesting to have the translation on that one.

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  • Skoblin
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    Italian bombing raid on Haifa

    October 8, 1940. Giornale Italie No. 81. Italian bomber squadrons head out over the eastern Mediterranean to bomb the British port of Haifa in Palestine.

    Translation by nikolas93TS
    Our air-force does not allow the enemy a moment's rest - even in the Eastern Mediterranean. Squadrons of bombers are taking off to British bases.
    Flight over Aegean, towards their objectives. In the waters near Cyprus, an enemy convoy is spotted. Four transports are hit by our bombs.
    Now, on to Haifa: Center of oil industry and resupply base for British naval forces.
    There is Haifa. Enormous fuel depots are hit by a rain of our bombs and set on fire. The great refineries have also been hit by our bombers.
    The flames continue to spread, visible from many miles in the distance.

    Last edited by Skoblin; 04 Oct 09, 13:40.

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  • Nick the Noodle
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    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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  • Skoblin
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    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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  • Nick the Noodle
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    Originally posted by skoblin View Post
    Thanks Torie, Bob and Canuck! Always appreciate the comments
    I've been left out .

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  • Skoblin
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    Originally posted by Torien View Post
    I second Bob's comment!
    Thanks Torie, Bob and Canuck! Always appreciate the comments

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  • Torien
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    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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  • Skoblin
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    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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  • Skoblin
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    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, 10:45.

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  • Skoblin
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    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, 11:39.

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  • R. Evans
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    I second Canuckster. I don't comment on every thread, but I certainly watch them. Great job!

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  • Skoblin
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    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, 11:37.

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  • Skoblin
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    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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