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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 180.34 x 241.3 x 7.62mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Osprey Publishing
  • Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w
  • 1849084572
  • 9781849084574
  • 327,901

About Sean McLachlan

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 conducted several research trips to Ethiopia in the course of researching this title. His website is www.seanmclachlan.com

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Table of contents

Historical background /Chronology /The campaign and battle /Te Ethiopian Army - organization, armament, costumes, tactics, order of battle /The Italian army - organization, armament, uniforms, tactics, orders of battle

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