View Full Version : Italian propaganda film in color.

11-10-2007, 10:22 AM
A propaganda film about the Luftwaffe over Malta.


11-10-2007, 11:08 AM
Fascinating footage. Thank you.

11-10-2007, 12:24 PM
Great video!~! Color!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-10-2007, 02:11 PM
Incredible footage. A couple of questions however. Were there HE111 units involved over Malta? Secondly a brief bit of film seemed to show explosions near what might be Mosta (last in Malta in about 1969 so my geography is a bit hazy). These seem to have been filmed from the ground which would be a really neat trick for an Italian film crew in 1942.

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11-10-2007, 02:16 PM
I don't know about this film in particular but Allied footage did make its way via neutrals and so on back into the Axis zone which might then have been cut into film like this as 'illustrative' film.

11-10-2007, 02:25 PM
always nice to see these old films in color
noticed the droptanks on the 110


11-10-2007, 02:32 PM
thank you , not only is it interesting but this is the first time I have seen my squad insignia in a film much less a color film. (JG6 was formed from ZG26 later in the war)



11-10-2007, 02:43 PM
I think this is a lot of different sequences spliced together. The bombing that I mentioned in an earlier post seems not to be Malta (although I am happy to be contradicted). As Ploughman says Allied footage could have ended up in Axis films but I don't think that there was a lot of colour filming by Allied cameramen at this point in the war. The colour gun cam footage, if that is what it is, seems to show a Spitfire. The only other similar colour footage I have ever seen is from USAAF sources and is late war. Can anybody say if the Luftwaffe or Italian Air Force had the equipment to take colour footage?

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11-11-2007, 01:00 AM
I have to say that this film is not originaly in color but colored later and yes it contains different sequences joined together.
There is German real color footage from 39-40, lot earlier than the color US films you've mentioned.
Have a look at this one: