Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896 : The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia, Paperback

Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896 : The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia Paperback

Illustrated by Raffaele Ruggeri

Part of the Men-at-Arms series

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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.

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