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ITALWARS01 Sep 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

an old and very good article in English that i just discovered about an Italian charismatic leader, well known probably also in UK, that, many years ago, i had the pleasure to be introduce to and talk for a few minutes…


acatcalledelvis01 Sep 2017 3:33 a.m. PST

An article about an Italian Facist, how interesting, not.

ITALWARS01 Sep 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

OK acatcalledelvis you've clearly put your foot in it…now try to read the article

bong6701 Sep 2017 4:17 a.m. PST

Actually, I thought that was a very interesting article. I've got the "Call this a Ruddy Picnic" supplement by Too Fat Lardies about the WW2 East Africa campaign and have always wondered what the terrain depicted in the maps actually looks like. You get a very good impression of the terrain from the photos in the article and just how mountainous and rugged a lot of it is. I also liked the photos of troops etc. as they really bring the campaign to life.
Some good material about a very interesting but overlooked campaign of WW2.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

That was a very interesting read indeed, thanks for that.

DestoFante01 Sep 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Sebastian O'Kelly's book, Amedeo" is an excellent reading.

ITALWARS01 Sep 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

what i 'm trying actually to reconstruct is the less known small war inside small war..the Guerilla warfare during the last phase of the East Africa Campaign above all in more isolated parts of the former Ethiopian Empire..plenty of exotic colourful troop..semi-regular Italian Bande's, Abyssinian Patriots lead by few KAR's, South African or personalities like Wingate; South African regulars (thanks Strelets for offering us the 1:72 plastic ones)…and the very irregulars die -hards Band and Askaris including a lot of cavalry and some Camel Corps that Guillet lead behind British enemy lines…a sort of Italian Lettow Voerbeck or Lawrence…

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

Thanks, very interesting.

Durban Gamer01 Sep 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

Thanks for a great article with, as others have said, valuable pics.

In 1/300 I have converted most of the Italians needed, but will have to convert SA troops from Brit WW2.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

I've always been fascinated by that campaign.

Silurian01 Sep 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

Very interesting.
How did South Africans differ in appearance from British in this campaign?

coopman Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

Yes, I believe that this was the war that was the subject of the movie "Lion of the Desert".

Old Peculiar01 Sep 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Excellent read, thanks

ITALWARS01 Sep 2017 3:58 p.m. PST

happy you appreciated the article..i suggest to surf trough the entire link ..interesting stories and some quite touching

Durban Gamer i appreciate that you game invasion of Italian East Africa…as concern me i devour everything concerning SA Army from WW1 up to Bush Wars…i have a great simpathy for the history of your country…maybe we can correspond exchanging info about armies of our respective 2 countries…i have a good number of Italian sources for Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia from Colonial Wars up to WW2…

Silurian ..the appearance of SA troops in East Africa was quite different from classical GB troops..their sun helmet was peculiar to them…and the sahariana type jacket also…their weapons were a bit updated…Lewis gun and WW1 type artillery..


RudyNelson01 Sep 2017 4:16 p.m. PST

Very good article. We did a series of scenarios covering the East African campaign. The scenarios were for Bolt Action and other skirmish games.
Thanks for sharing.

Silurian01 Sep 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

Thank you Italwars.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

Yes, I believe that this was the war that was the subject of the movie "Lion of the Desert".

No, the "Lion of the Desert" was set in Libya before WW2. Starred Anthony Quinn in one of his better roles. I've seen it and would highly recommend it.



mghFond03 Sep 2017 1:44 p.m. PST

I saw that flick too, it was well done.

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