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

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

by Sean McLachlan, Raffaele Ruggeri
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849089388
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Series:
Men-at-Arms , #471
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Sean McLachlan worked for ten years as an archaeologist before becoming a full-time writer. He has published several books on history and travel and divides his time between Missouri, England and Spain. He has a special interest in the understudied Trans-Mississippi theater of the American Civil War.

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