The East African campaign (also known as the Abyssinian campaign) was fought in East Africa during the Second World War by Allied forces, mainly from the British Empire, against Axis forces, Italy and their colony of Italian East Africa, between June 1940 and November 1941. Forces of the British Middle East Command, including units from the United Kingdom and South Africa, as well as large numbers of colonial troops from British India, Kenya, Somaliland, West Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Sudan and Nyasaland participated in the campaign. These were joined by the Force Publique from Belgian Congo, Imperial Ethiopian resistance movements and a small unit of Free French.

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  • The East African campaign (also known as the Abyssinian campaign) was fought in East Africa during the Second World War by Allied forces, mainly from the British Empire, against Axis forces, Italy and their colony of Italian East Africa, between June 1940 and November 1941. Forces of the British Middle East Command, including units from the United Kingdom and South Africa, as well as large numbers of colonial troops from British India, Kenya, Somaliland, West Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Sudan and Nyasaland participated in the campaign. These were joined by the Force Publique from Belgian Congo, Imperial Ethiopian resistance movements and a small unit of Free French. Italian East Africa was defended by Italian forces of the Comando Forze Armate dell'Africa Orientale Italiana (Italian East African Armed Forces Command), with units from the Regio Esercito (Royal Army), Regia Aeronautica (Royal Air Force) and Regia Marina (Royal Navy). The Italian forces included about 250,000 soldiers of the Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali (Royal Corps of Colonial Troops), led by Italian officers and NCOs. Hostilities began on 13 June 1940, with an Italian air raid on the base of 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF at Wajir in Kenya and continued until Italian forces had been pushed back from Kenya and Sudan, through Somaliland, Eritrea and Ethiopia in 1940 and early 1941. The remnants of the Italian forces in the region surrendered after the Battle of Gondar in November 1941, except for small groups that fought a guerrilla war in Ethiopia against the British until the Armistice of Cassibile in September 1943, which ended hostilities between Italy and the Allies. The East African campaign was the first Allied strategic victory in the war. (en)
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  • (dysentery: 10,000
  • 15 aircraft
  • Belgian: 462 dead
  • malaria: 10,000, fatal: 744)
  • 11,130 killed
  • Sickness/accident: 74,550
  • Subsequent operations: Gondar, 32 killed, 182 wounded, 6 missing
  • Aircraft: 138
  • Military operations to April 1941: 75,704
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  • Belgium
  • *Arbegnoch
  • *Equatorial Africa
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  • 1940-06-10 (xsd:date)
  • 1941-11-27 (xsd:date)
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  • AOI casualties exclude Giuba and the eastern front
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  • Allied victory
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  • Sudan
  • East African: 33,000
  • South African: 27,000
  • West African: 9,000
  • Kenya
  • * Colonial: 258,322
  • * Italian: 112,731
  • * Italian: 91,203
  • * June 1940: 9,000
  • * June 1940: 9,975
  • * Nov. 1940: 28,000
  • * Nov. 1940: 70,000
  • *Colonial: 199,273
  • 25,000 Arbegnoch
  • August 1940: 371,053
  • German: 100
  • June 1940: 290,476
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  • The East African campaign (also known as the Abyssinian campaign) was fought in East Africa during the Second World War by Allied forces, mainly from the British Empire, against Axis forces, Italy and their colony of Italian East Africa, between June 1940 and November 1941. Forces of the British Middle East Command, including units from the United Kingdom and South Africa, as well as large numbers of colonial troops from British India, Kenya, Somaliland, West Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Sudan and Nyasaland participated in the campaign. These were joined by the Force Publique from Belgian Congo, Imperial Ethiopian resistance movements and a small unit of Free French. (en)
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  • East African campaign (World War II) (en)
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  • East African campaign (en)
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