Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896

Armies of the Adowa Campaign 1896

The Italian Disaster in Ethiopia

Men-at-Arms 471
  • Author: Sean McLachlan
  • Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
  • Short code: MAA 471
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2011
  • Number of Pages: 48
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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.

Biographical Note

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


Historical background
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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