On October 4, 1935 Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia. Italian forces were able to defeat the Ethiopian forces in 8 months with superior manpower and advanced weaponry.
In violation of International agreements, the Italians used poisonous gas in a number of battles.
Second Italo-Abyssinian War and the Mukden Incident is often seen as a precursor to World War II, and a demonstration of the ineffectiveness of the League.
After years of occupation, Emperor Haile Sellasie with the help of the British, led a large Ethiopian front to defeat the Italian army in 1941.
During World War II Ethiopia was under Italian occupation. The liberation of started in early 1941 when British forces joined the large armed resistance called “Arbengoch.” By the end of May, the allied forced were able to gain decisive victory against the Italian Army.
Ethiopia sent 1,271 – 3,518 troops as part of the United Nation Forces to aid South Korea.
The troops were known as the Kagnew Battalion under the command of General Mulugueta Bulli.
It was attached to the American 7th Infantry Division, and fought in a number of engagements including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. 121 were killed and 536 wounded during the conflict in Korea.
Keywords: Italo-Abyssinian War, Korean War, Emperor Haile Sellasie, Mukden Incident, Arbengoch, South Korea