Monday, June 26, 2006
The remaining Italian forces in East Africa in May 1941
The Official History now switches context to "the final campaign in East Africa". We have previously summarized the victories in East Africa, as convered in Volume I of the Official History. Somewhat less than 25% of the Italian forces in East Africa remained, after the Duke of Aosta had surrendered on 19 May 1941. The remaining Italians were located in Galla-Sidamo and in Gondar. There was also a "garrison at Assab on the Red Sea". General Nasi's army in Gondar consisted of "about 41,000 men and 70 guns". General Gazzera had more guns (200) and somewhat fewer soldiers (38,000) in Galla-Sidamo. His force was swelled by refugees from fallen areas, such as Somalia. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.