A: Amazingly enough, yes. You see, by 1882 Italy had formed a colony in Eritrea in northeast Africa; and then went about negotiating a friendship treaty with Eritrea’s neighbor Ethiopia. During the negotiations, Italy got it in their heads that it would be a good idea to simultaneously invade the African nation so as to seal this pact.
The Ethiopians didn’t care much for this maneuver, and under Emperor Menelik II they gave the Italians a good trouncing in the Battle of Adova in 1896. The loss obviously didn’t sit well with Italy because in 1936 they attacked Ethiopia again. This time it was literally airplanes and tanks versus spears, and the Italians held on for five years.
With the outbreak of World War II, though, British troops and Ethiopian freedom fighters drove the Italians out of Ethiopia, and expelled them from Eritrea and Italian Somaliland, too. With their tails between their legs, the Italians scurried home.Powered by Sidelines