From: Tucson, AZ
October 03, 1935,
Italian army of 109 units opposed to Ethiopia army of 90 units
for a battle of complexity 0.96 at Brigade(X) level
on a 50 Km/Hex map
for 36 turns of Full Week each.
by C.D. Comars submited on 17-11-2002
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Metropolitan Troops - Various on Tan
Blackshirts - White on Black
Libyan - Black on Green
African Auxiliaries - Various on Brown
Azibo Galla - Black on Red
Imperial Guard - Black and Yellow on Blue
Local levies - Various
French - Black on Light Blue
There is a high probability that the Italians will use Mustard Gas.
The League of Nations may condemn Italian aggression. If so then...
The British and French may place sanctions on Italy.
Britain may close the Suez Canal to Italian shipping.
Both of these events will impact the Italian supply situation.
France may intervene with the Djibuti garrison triggering a Cease Fire if the Ethiopians can last longer then historically.
Ethiopia will probably surrender if Addis Ababa falls
Look out for the Rainy Season!
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini looked to incorporate Ethiopia into the Italian Empire. The Italian sandbox colonies of Somalia and Eritrea flanked Ethiopia from the Southeast and Northeast respectively and Ethiopia was one of only a handful of independent African nations. Using the thin pretext of a border incident near the village of Wal Wal as a pretext, the Italians launched the largest mechanised army Africa had ever seen against the backward and feudal Ethiopian Empire of Haile Selassie.
The hetrogenious collection of Ras's (Prince's) mostly rallied behind the Emperor and the poorly equipped peasants fought with unexpected warrior spirit forcing the Italians to use large quantities of mustard gas. The League of Nations dithered and did nothing substantive and in May 1936 the Italians occupied Addis Ababa, ending organized resistance. Naked aggression by a European facist state had been allowed to stand, a point not lost on Adolf Hitler in Germany.
Scenario by C.D. Comars
< Message edited by larryfulkerson -- 7/10/2018 7:48:37 PM >
"In an operation of this magnitude, some losses must be expected."
SAC Commanding General Curtis LeMay, circa 1964