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The Battle of Cape Matapan


Despite the name Battle of Cape Matapan, the actual fighting was not on Cape Matapan but out to sea in several locations.

The Dismantling of the ltalian East African Empire

Sellassie's return to Ethiopia on a Vickers Valentia.  Image: Imperial War museum

The Battle of Agordat lasted three days from 28th January and was fought by both sides with vigor and was in the end won by the 4th Indian Division after the timely arrival of four Matilda infantry tanks which the Italians could not counter.

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