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Documentary on Amedeo Guillet

#1 User is offline   JulioMoc 

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:27 PM

Very interesting material:

http://saladeguerra.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... avolo.html
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:34 PM

no english subtitles :(
i only understand bits and pieces but if i understand correctly it's a documentary about an Italian general, leading Arabian tribes to fight against the British.
Can somebody fill me in on the rest of the story. Like, how succesfull he was, what where some of the biggest attacks he did, that sort of stuff.
thanks
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 02:39 PM

Yes, it can be found in youtube as well, divided in 6 parts: very interesting.
You can find the biografy of Amedeo Guillet in Amazon. There are AFAIK two books about his life, one dated beg. of the '90ies by Vittorio Dan Segre, a former Intelligence Service officer who actually hunted Guillet in Africa and later became his friend, and then there is a very recent one, which makes for a very enjoyable reading and not less rigorous than the previous one.

Higly recommended, if you ask me :)
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 05:09 PM

quillin said:

no english subtitles :(
i only understand bits and pieces but if i understand correctly it's a documentary about an Italian general, leading Arabian tribes to fight against the British.
Can somebody fill me in on the rest of the story. Like, how succesfull he was, what where some of the biggest attacks he did, that sort of stuff.
thanks


Essential: Lt. Amedeo Guillet was a officer of italian colonial cavalry in East Africa. He hardly fought in the eritrean campaign of 1940-41, leading also mounted charges.
When Eritrea was definitely occupied by British, he passed into the shadow, disguised himself under local clothes and started to organize and lead anti-british guerrilia. He earned so the nickname of "commander Devil". At last, he left Eritrea reaching Yemen where spent some time aside local sultan.
In 1943, after armistice, he left Yemen for Italy where arrived, always under cover, and offered his service for the anti-nazi struggle.
After war, left Army and entered the diplomatic service, arriving to the rank of Ambassador.
Definitely retired, he chose to live in Ireland where still actually lives, concentrating on his first love: horses. Some year ago he has been awarded with the Great Cross Knight of the Italian Republic Order, the greatest italian decoration
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 05:25 PM

He lives in Dublin?
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 06:12 PM

thanks for the info Lupo :D
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 07:10 PM

JulioMoc said:

He lives in Dublin?


AFAIK no, he is the prototype of "country gentleman" kind. He should own an estate where breeds horses but I ignore exactly where...
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:03 PM

Quillin, here's some recommended reading for you.
http://www.comandosu...pic.php?t=2571
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:30 AM

And i thought that cavalry attacks were useless in WW2.
I think i share that article with a couple friends of me who always say that the Italians only knew how to retreat and surrender. I'll bet they take their words back after they read this.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:56 AM

Is there anyone able or willing to work out English subtitles for this interview and add them to the clip?? Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it would be feasible with Windows Movie Maker or similar software.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 12:37 PM

Gian said:

Is there anyone able or willing to work out English subtitles for this interview and add them to the clip?? Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it would be feasible with Windows Movie Maker or similar software.


It's completely possible... but I don't speak italian. :x
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 01:22 PM

It's really impressive that Guillet was rised from a lieutenant to a general in just four years...

What was his last rank? Generale di Brigata?

Anyone knows the dates of his promotions?
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:28 PM

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It's completely possible... but I don't speak italian.

That's why we need two mother language speakers, one English and one Italian, to do a pretty accurate transcription/translation.
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 07:56 PM

How can you download it from youtube for editing? I don't seem to be able to copy and save on hard disk... That said I'd be more than glad to help out in the translation,but be prepared to wait for "biblic periods" :D
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:52 PM

falco said:

How can you download it from youtube for editing? I don't seem to be able to copy and save on hard disk... That said I'd be more than glad to help out in the translation,but be prepared to wait for "biblic periods" :D

First off, I've had a look at YouTube's help section which says that one cannot download videos onto a private hard disk.
Second, one or all clips can be obtained through P2P filesharing software. Then, after we have got all six videos, adding subtitles may be a child's play.
Yes this will be a "long" job, but no one is running after us and it can be done during free time (better a steady, 10' daily addition than three-hour-long marathons. Priority goes to real life).
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:07 AM

I guess, no I'm SURE, that I will regret this ( :lol: ), but I'm willing to try.

What I would ask is if someone of you would be so kind as to send me one of the videos, so that I can try and edit it in order to add the subtitles. I everything works out decently (you will judge), then you can send me all the others.

Tech note: I use Mac computers. So (please!!) don't send me Windows formats. Quick Time (.mov) would be perfect. Because if you send me other formats (like .avi or even .mpeg with audio encoding I don't remeber which one) the chanche that I won't be able to do anything with it are enormous. There is WMPlayer for Mac, and there are also add ons for it, or even other softwares (like VLC), but the problem is that some encodings are not translateble into Mac friendly files.

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:42 AM

JulioMoc hello!
Excellent material about of Amedeo Guillet;my congratulations for this film.One salute from Spain:
Pedro :D
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:50 AM

Hello!:
Our dear friend Gian made a great biography about Amedeo Guillet in the Eritrea campaign 1940-41 here in "Comando Supremo";he made a excellent work about this excellent Italian soldier of Cavalry;Amedeo Guillet was the last soldier of cavalry.He launch severals attacks with his Eritrean colonial troops against the British in Eritrea and Sudan.
One salute:
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 03:40 AM

Bio: http://www.comandosu...m/Guillett.html

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:03 PM

Read the book 'Amedeo'
by Sebastian O'Kelly
Harper Collins publishers
isbsn number 1057393
and its in English .
Fantastic true story of a real adventurer and Italian war Hero
Liked the ladies a lot :lol:
Led a cavalry charge against British tanks and petrol bombed them
Made a lot of Friends from both sides of the Allies and Axis
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