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Mr J197001 Dec 2019 3:49 a.m. PST

Thinking of starting a Chain of Command campaign in WW2 East Africa, does the TMP Hivemind genius have any suggestions/ recommendations for suitable background reading?

Also interested in aspects of what Gideon Force was up to. Any input appreciated as ever guys, all the best.

ezza12301 Dec 2019 4:59 a.m. PST

The following link on the South Africans in the East African and Abyssinian Campaigns may be of interest to you, and includes maps and photos: link

These pages from the same site may also be of interest as they cover the Indians and the British in the East Africa Campaign: link and link

There is also a report from US newspapers from October 1941 on the Belgians in Ethiopia: link

The main page of the website is: and contains a load of official histories and other reports from a number of the theatres of the war.

Hopefully these links will give you some useful starting material for your East Africa campaign.


Mr J197001 Dec 2019 5:44 a.m. PST

Absolutely superb, a goldmine of really useful info, many thanks indeed Ezza.

Legion 401 Dec 2019 10:24 a.m. PST

That is a very interesting aspect of the WWII. That many times is over looked.

willthepiper01 Dec 2019 11:48 a.m. PST

I don't know if you have seen 'The Abyssinian Crisis' website link

It has very detailed information for gaming the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1934-1937. While it's not exactly what you are looking for, there should be some good ideas that you can extract for East Africa 1940. In particular, you might be interested in the CoC army lists: link

There are lists for the British, French, Italians and Ethiopians (including many variants for colonial troops, askaris and more) as well as equipment lists that cover many interwar vehicles that would still have been in use in 1940.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 11:55 a.m. PST

Don't forget to watch the movie with David Niven the best of enemies.

Mr J197001 Dec 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

Thanks Will, yes I have seen these via the Lardies' website forum and they are invaluable sources of info, especially on the Italian Askari forces and Commonwealth allied forces – Gideon Force which I'm building up alongside the Italians whilst my mate focus's on the mainstream British forces.

Bobgnar will look that up, thanks all.

willthepiper01 Dec 2019 5:28 p.m. PST

thumbs up

ezza12302 Dec 2019 9:02 a.m. PST

You can have a read of a few pages from The First Victory: The Second War and the East Africa Campaign here to see if it is worth getting a copy: link


Mark 102 Dec 2019 12:32 p.m. PST

The good folks at GHQ ran a few scenarios for British-Italian fighting in Somaliland in their newsletter TAC NEWS back in 2005.

Here is the repository of TAC NEWS issues: link

Here is one of the scenarios: PDF link

The GHQ scenarios (there are dozens!) are generally pretty well researched and presented. Even if you never play them, they make for interesting reading. (I would say the same for the TFL scenarios I have read as well.)

These scenarios were constructed for their Micro-Armor, The Game rules, which at 1-to-Platoon unit scale are at a substantially higher level than CoC. I would imagine that multiple CoC scenarios could be constructed within each MATG scenario.

Just another source and approach… your tankage may vary.

(aka: Mk 1)

Mr J197003 Dec 2019 3:06 p.m. PST

Thanks Mark, more great insights and as you say, breaking down the scenario offers plenty of CoC options.

Mr J197003 Dec 2019 3:09 p.m. PST

I've ordered a few books, this one's a bit steep but looks like a full and informative account. Will look into it, thankyou for the heads up.

Maha Bandula04 Apr 2020 3:58 a.m. PST

Great modelling inspiration here in case you are still interested:


Legion 404 Apr 2020 6:23 a.m. PST

Beautiful modelling !!! Thanks !

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