Battle of Adwa


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Adwa became a preeminent symbol of pan-Africanism and secured Ethiopian sovereignty until the Second Italo-Ethiopian War forty years later. ==Background== In 1889, the Italians signed the Treaty of Wuchale with then Negus Menelik of Shewa.


In December 1894, Bahta Hagos led a rebellion against the Italians in Akele Guzai, in what was then Italian controlled Eritrea.


In January 1895, Baratieri's army went on to defeat Ras Mengesha Yohannes in the Battle of Coatit, forcing Mengesha to retreat further south. By late 1895, Italian forces had advanced deep into Ethiopian territory.

On 7 December 1895, Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, Ras Welle Betul and Ras Mengesha Yohannes commanding a larger Ethiopian group of Menelik's vanguard annihilated a small Italian unit at the Battle of Amba Alagi.

Leontiev who visited Ethiopia in 1895, according to some sources, led a small team of Russian advisers and volunteers.

It arrived in Addis Ababa some three months after Menelik's Adwa victory. In 1895 Emperor Menelik II invited Leontiev to return to Ethiopia with a Russian military mission.


The Ethiopian forces defeated the Italian invading force on Sunday 1 March 1896, near the town of Adwa.

By late February 1896, supplies on both sides were running low.

(1996) The Battle of Adwa 1896, Chicago: Nyala Publishing, 160 pp., Bulatovich, A.K.

(2000) Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes: Country in Transition, 1896–1898, translated by Richard Seltzer, Lawrenceville, N.J.

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Almost forty years later, on 3 October 1935, after the League of Nations's weak response to the Abyssinia Crisis, the Italians launched a new military campaign endorsed by Benito Mussolini, the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

It also played no little part in motivating Italy's revanchist adventure in 1935".


This time the Italians employed vastly superior military technology such as tanks and aircraft, as well as chemical warfare, and the Ethiopian forces were defeated by May 1936.

The same Mussolini declared when Italian troops occupied Addis Ababa in May 1936: Adua e' vendicata (Adwa has been avenged). Indeed, one student of Ethiopia's History, Donald N.

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