Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896 : The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia Paperback
Illustrated by Raffaele Ruggeri
Part of the Men-at-Arms series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, 2 b/w
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 20/09/2011
- Category: Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9781849084574