Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The end at Gondar

The first troops to enter Gondar had been patrols from the Kenya Armoured Car Regiment. The first infantry were the guerillas of the Walla Banda. The 25th East African Brigade had achieved its objectives by noon on 27 November 1941. The Italians arrived to surrender at 3:4opm. The mechanized forces were sent to get General Nasi to surrender. He did, after an interval. The surrender order was dropped by Hartbeests on 28 November to Chilga and Gorgora. The fall of Gondar put 10,000 Italian and 12,000 native troops as prisoners. The British forces lost "32 killed, 182 wounded, and 6 missing". 15 British aircraft had been lost since 7 April, but the Italian's had their air power in the area wiped out in the process. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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