Τετάρτη, 15 Απριλίου 2015

Byzantine-Abyssinian War

Byzantine-Abyssinian War
AO-Etiopia-1936-A-artiglieria-nel-TembienByzantine Artillery at the Battle of Tembien
Beginning:
1905
End:
1906
Place:
Abyssinia
Outcome:
Byzantine victory; Ethiopia annexed by the Byzantine Empire
Combatants
Byzantine Empire
Ethiopian Empire
Kingdom of Italy
Commanders
George I
Panagiotis Danglis
Menelik II of Ethiopia
Victor Emmanuel III
Luigi Cadorna
Strength
500,000
50 Airplanes
15 Tanks
800,000 Ethiopians
300,000 Italians
Casualties and Losses
35,000
275,000 Ethiopians
46,000 Italians

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BackgroundEdit

The war goes back to the legacy of the Third Global War when the Kingdom of Italy was created and Italy became a powerful rival of the Byzantine Empire in the Mediterranean. They had built up a colonial empire by taking Libya in the Treaty of Rome, and establishing colonies in Eritrea, Somalia, and Tunisia. They had an army based on conscripition, as was common in Europe at the time, and it numbered at around 1,000,000 and a powerful navy of 4 battleships at the head of its fleet. The Byzantines, after the Reforms of 1898, had an army of 3,000,000 men, a navy of 8 battleshipsat its head, and their own air force, with 40 aircraft, all aerial scouts. The Italians had some aerial scout units, but they weren't their own military force.