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The Italian (The Aeronautica Militare) invasion of British Somaliland - July/August 1940

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#SomaliArchive | SUBSCRIBE for Daily High-Definition Videos from Somalia Hosted by http://www.keydmedia.net - The East African Campaign was a series of battles fought in East Africa during World War II by the British Empire, the British Commonwealth of Nations and several allies against the forces of Italy from June 1940 to November 1941.

On 3 August 1940, approximately 25,000 Italian troops invaded British Somaliland. The Italians were commanded by General Guglielmo Nasi.

The Italian force attacking British Somaliland in August included five colonial brigades, three Blackshirt battalions, and three bands (banda) of native troops. The Italians had armoured vehicles (a small number of both light and medium tanks), artillery, and, for the moment, superior air support.

The Italians were opposed by a British contingent, commanded by Brigadier Arthur Reginald Chater, of about four-thousand men consisting of the lightly armed Somaliland Camel Corps, the 2nd (Nyasaland) Battalion King's African Rifles (KAR), the 1st Battalion Northern Rhodesian Regiment, the 3rd Battalion 15th Punjab Regiment and 1st East African Light Battery (four 3.7 inch howitzers). They were joined from Aden on 7 August by the 1st Battalion 2nd Punjab Regiment and 8 August by 2nd Battalion Black Watch. Chaters' force was not only critically short of artillery but it had no tanks or armoured cars nor did it have any anti-tank weapons to oppose the Italian medium and light tanks.

Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, has for nearly 20 years been a battlefield, a focus for civil war and political, tribal and social conflicts.

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