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Tango0112 May 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

"The Italian Army that fought in Abyssinia reflected the colonial nature of the undertaking and was the largest European force ever to invade Africa before the Second World War. Mussolini, as both Dictator and War Minister, spared no expense nor held back any force, to ensure that the full military potential of Italy would be sent to ensure victory. He more than doubled the estimated force required by a recent Italian army survey on the proposed invasion of Abyssinia. In fact, it was noted that the abundance of force available was at times a liability, though the resilience of the Italian Fanti was equal to the task, tested as much by the country they invaded as by the enemy they met.

They say amateurs study tactics and professionals study logistics and never was this more so than in Ethiopia. The Italian force was often restricted by its ability to build and secure lines of communication to feed, water and supply their forces…and their forces were considerable. By October 1935 over 50,000 labourers formed part of the Italian force, with more on the way, who built roads and infrastructure that survive to this day…"
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