World War: BATTLE OF ETHIOPIA: Empire's Last Pocket

Britain's East African forces last week captured Gondar, the last Italian stronghold in Ethiopia. Using Highland, Indian, Sudanese, South and West African, Free French and Ethiopian troops, 46-year-old Major General Charles Fowkes took into camp 10,000 weary, hungry Italians and natives with their 50 guns.

In a campaign which lasted almost a year, the British, never having used more than 20,000 infantry troops and 68 field guns at any one time, had conquered a territory nearly seven times as big as Great Britain and put out of action almost 200,000 Italians and native troops.


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