Lecture | Ethiopia 1941: The First Victory of the Second World War

Monday 3 February 2020 | 1.30pm -2.30pm

Historian Sarah Sherlock will discuss events in Ethiopia in 1941. For the British and their allies, the defeat of the Italians in 1941 in Ethiopia, largely by colonial forces, was a welcome fillip when all seemed lost in North Africa. For Ethiopians, it was the end of their war. Nevertheless, when weapons were returned to Italian soldiers to defend themselves, and there was growing suspicion by Ethiopians towards British intentions, whose war was it? A reconstruction is given of this vital and little known campaign in the Rift Valley when a large Italian army was pursued and cornered in western Ethiopia. It draws on primary material written and collected by members of the King’s African Rifles, and a more recent journey covering their ground. It poses the contradictions inherent in a campaign that also involved Ethiopian Patriots, and the will of the sovereign himself, Emperor Haile Selassie. These contradictions, of course, have their parallels in more recent wars.

 

 

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