Thursday, August 03, 2006
The Official History remarks on the East African campaign in 1940 and 1941
Volume II of the Official History has some remarks on the East African campaign in 1940 and 1941 that removed "Italian rule" from the region. What they say is that we would now see the campaign as being of minor importance, compared to the large battles in North Africa. Several key factors in the success were the increasing capabilities of African soldiers, the dominance of air power, and the Ethiopian guerrillas (the "Patriots"). The Official History also points out the diversity of the forces involved. They came from "Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, the Sudan, Ethiopia, the Gold Coast, France, India, South Africa, Northern Rhodesia and the United Kingdom". This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.