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5 May 1936

  • Italian forces captured Addis Ababa, Abyssinia, bringing an end to Abyssinian resistance. During this campaign the Italian air force had used modern weapons, including poison gas, against natives armed with little more than primitive weapons. ww2dbase [Invasion of Abyssinia | Addis Ababa | AC]
19 Feb 1937

  • During a public ceremony in Addis Ababa, Abyssinia, two Eritrean nationalists attempted to kill Italian Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with grenades. Italian guards fired into the crowd indiscriminately. ww2dbase [Addis Ababa | CPC]
6 Apr 1941

  • British 11th African Division captured the Abyssinian capital Addis Ababa unopposed; the Italian garrison originally based in Addis Ababa had withdrawn north to Gondar and Amba Alagi. ww2dbase [Invasion of Italian East Africa | Addis Ababa | CPC]
5 May 1941


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