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Photographs showing Mussolini and Haile Selassie with their troops, c.1941
(Catalogue ref: CAB 44/81 for Haile Selassie, INF 2/1 Part 3 for Mussolini)
[a – b.] INF 2/1 pt3; Mussolini and his troops, c. 1941 [a – b.] INF 2/1 pt3; Mussolini and his troops, c. 1941 [c – f.] CAB 44/81; Selassie and his troops, c. 1941 [c – f.] CAB 44/81; Selassie and his troops, c. 1941 [c – f.] CAB 44/81; Selassie and his troops, c. 1941 [c – f.] CAB 44/81; Selassie and his troops, c. 1941
8a 8b 8c 8d 8e 8f      
Transcript
[a – b.] INF 2/1 pt3; Mussolini and his troops, c. 1941

Questions

  1. Sources 8a-b show Mussolini inspecting Italian troops. Sources 8c-f show Haile Selassie with troops. What do these photos suggest about the difference between the Italian and Abyssinian forces?

  2. The photos of Selassie were taken during World War 2, when he returned to fight the Italians again. What does this suggest about the long-term success of the Italian campaign in Abyssinia?

  3. Source 8d is a photo of Selassie with Orde Wingate, a British officer who led a guerrilla force against Italian troops. Why were the British keen to fight the Italians in 1941 when they hadn’t been in 1935?