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The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-36 (Men-at-Arms) [Kindle Edition]

David Nicolle , Raffaele Ruggeri

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In October 1935 Mussolini ordered the invasion of Ethiopia from Italian-held Eritrea and Somaliland, thinking that he would easily crush an ill-prepared and badly equipped enemy. The Italians, in the face of widespread condemnation from the League of Nations, spread terror and destruction through their indiscriminate use of air power and poison gas against an enemy more used to medieval methods of warfare. David Nicolle examines in detail the units, equipment and uniforms of the forces on both sides of this conflict that unrealistically bolstered Il Duce’s colonial ambitions. A great read ably supported by Raffaele Ruggeri’s detailed full-page colour plates.


The Italian invasion of Abyssinia on 3rd October 1935 marked the first of the fascist military adventures. The campaign is described in detail in this text, along with the equipment used and the colourful uniforms worn by both armies. The invasion marked the most ambitious phase yet in Mussolini's attempt to recreate an Italian Empire and was partly prompted by the desire for revenge for the humiliating defeat inflicted on Italian troops at Adowa in 1896. International opinion was outraged by the invasion and the use of poison gas against an army with almost medieval weaponary. It took just seven months to drive out Emperor Haile Selassie. The whole episode discredited the League of Nations as an effective curb on the military ambitions of the Fascist states and was an important lesson to Nazi Germany.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 48 Seiten
  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (20. Juni 2012)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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13 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Italy's imperial ambitions 25. Februar 2002
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The Italian invasion of Abyssinia is a welcome title to an unjustifiably neglected part of pre-WW II history. Indeed, the Italian invasion destroyed the League of Nations and continued the pattern of ongoing conflicts since end of the First World war that would soon engulf the world in a new world war.
The Italians eventually won but even a rather underdeveloped African country like Ethopia was able to acquit itself rather well and that should've sent omnious signals to the victors, Instead the victory nurtured an illusion of military superiority. Yet World War Two would showed, Italian armed forces were themselves inadequate when it battled European armies.
David Nicholle's book does an admirable survey of the events that led to Mussolini's decision to invade that country as well as the organization, weapons and uniforms of both sides....
The real jewel are the colour plates as well as their textual descriptions. They're superb and really contribute to the modeler's, re-enactor's and collector's knowledge of the uniforms and equipment of that conflict.
I recommend the book beccause it covers an almost forgotten conflict during the interwar period though not as highly due to the redundacy of information that is found in the companion miniseries on the Italian army.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A good reference book for a forgotten war 16. Mai 2007
Von J. F. Benedetto - Veröffentlicht auf
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As the back cover suggests, the books in the Men-at-Arms series are not history books in the normal sense, but rather cover the uniforms, equipment and organization of various military forces of the past and present from around the world. In covering the Italian invasion of Ethiopia (or Abyssinia, as it was known until modern times) this book sheds light on the forces that fought this largely forgotten war.

While not a history book per se, is most certainly a good addition for anyone studying the conflict -- where else will you find an illustration of the Camel-Mounted Artillery of the Italian colonial forces that fought in Somalia?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good overview 17. Januar 2008
Von James D. Crabtree - Veröffentlicht auf
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As always with Osprey, a great collection of illustrations and interpretations. The book also has good background of the war and some fascinating information regarding the organization of both the Abyssinian and Italian armies. This is a very valuable book for anyone reading about this chapter in African history or about the conflicts which preceded WWII.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Italian Invasion of Ethiopia 20. Februar 2013
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A good general study of this little known war.
Colorful illustrations, as well as black & white photos.
Bibliography section provides books for further reading.
Italian & Ethiopian forces are well covered.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen NICE!! If you want to buy it, go ahead!! 3. Januar 2001
Von "bovis280" - Veröffentlicht auf
This book's main attraction is the color pictures. For some people, pictures are their main concern. This book covers a lot in the uniforms. Finding a book about the fascist Italy's uniforms are quite rare. I am pleased with this book. If more books (especially with color pictures) about the Italian military is available, than people who are interested in fascist Italy would be pleased.
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