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Toy soldiers and real battles: Haile Selassie and his army in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War ....

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Haile Selassie and his army in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War ....

Starting in early October 1935, the Italians invaded Ethiopia. But, by November, the pace of invasion had slowed appreciably and Haile Selassie's northern armies were able to launch what was known as the "Christmas Offensive". During this offensive, the Italians were forced back in places and put on the defensive. In early 1936, the First Battle of Tembien stopped the progress of the Ethiopian offensive and the Italians were ready to continue their offensive. Following the defeat and destruction of the northern Ethiopian armies at the Battle of Amba Aradam, the Second Battle of Tembien, and the Battle of Shire, Haile Selassie took the field with the last Ethiopian army on the northern front. On 31 March 1936, he launched a counterattack against the Italians himself at the Battle of Maychew in southern Tigray. The emperor's army was defeated and retreated in disarray. As Haile Selassie's army withdrew, the Italians attacked from the air along with rebellious Raya and Azebo tribesmen on the ground, who were armed and paid by the Italians.
My Haile Selassi's army includes figures produced by Lineol,Elastolin and Durso (Force Publique soldiers wearing red fezzes) in 30s. The WW1 18 Pounder field gun (Ordnance QF 18 pounder) in produced by Crescent in 60s.

 Haile Selassie

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