LA RIVISTA IMPERIALE - PRIMO ANNUALE DELL' IMPERO [Main Title]
The celebrations in Rome marking the first anniversary of the conquest of Ethiopia.
Opening scenes of preparation: the construction of stands, preparation of communication facilities for journalists, arrivals of outsiders, troops preparing equipment. Units start to arrive and the colours of many Alpini regiments are carried to the Victor Emmanuel monument. Romans hang flags on every accessible surface. The main ceremonies start: watched by pre-WW1 veterans, Mussolini presents decorations to the widows of fallen heroes; the King personally decorates the standards of honour-winning regiments. The public rush for places on the parade route. Many different (but mainly Army) units march past the King and Duce, including cavalry, infantry, Alpini, Bersaglieri, artillery, mechanised units, anti-aircraft equipment etc; ambulances and nuns (who give the Fascist salute) represent the medical services; two manned balloons are carried past, then released; also carrier pigeons. The parade ends with pioneers, colonial troops (African and Arab), and children from a colonial youth organisation. The crowd acclaims Mussolini at the Palazzo Venezia balcony; the film closes with the suggestion of 'the shades of heroes passing'.