Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896

Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896

The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia

Book - 2011
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In the late 19th century, the new nation-state of Italy was eager to join her European neighbours in creating an international empire, and her eyes turned toward Africa as a source of potential colonies. Securing a foothold in Eritrea on the Red Sea coast, the Italians quickly became embroiled in a shooting war with the Ethiopians. The war proved a disaster for the Italians, who suffered three major defeats against the forces of Emperor Menelik's army, including a horrendous massacre at Adowa, the largest defeat of a colonial army prior to World War I. This book looks at the campaign with an emphasis on the colourful uniforms worn by both sides.
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2011
ISBN: 9781849084574
Branch Call Number: 963.043 MCLAC
Characteristics: 48 p. : ill. (some col.), map.

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