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Prince Amedeo Savoia-Aosta: The Warrior Prince of Italy

Prince Amedeo knew the battle of Keren would decide the fate of Italian East Africa.  Picture courtesy of Royaltyguide.

The Duke launched small operations at both the British in Kenya and the French in French Somalia in June of 1940. The main assault on British Somaliland started on August 3rd 1940. The Duke had about 25,000 men fighting under the leadership of General Guglielmo Nasi pour into the British territory that day. They captured town after town, and by August 19th the last British troops who were pushed to the coast were now evacuated to the sea by the Royal Navy.

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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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The Rise and Fall of Italian East Africa and the Battle of Keren


The first phase of the Keren battle is characterized by the stubborn and brilliant Italian resistance on the Dongolaas ravine, and on the surrounding peaks and valleys.

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