German Legion in Ethiopia 1935?

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German Legion in Ethiopia 1935?

Post by Chris Dale » 17 Oct 2006 22:54

I was recently asked about the German Ethiopian Legion. Apparently it was a proposed German force to help the Ethiopians fight agaisnt the Italians in about 1935. The idea was that putting pressure on Italy in East Africa would relieve Italian pressure over Hitler's demands for Austria.

Has anyone else heard of this force or know anything about it?

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Post by asiaticus » 19 Oct 2006 03:03

I've done some reading on the subject and never heard about this German Legion or anything like it. The Ethiopians had some Turkish, Swedish and Belgian military advisors though. The emperor had them in country to try and modernize his army.

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Post by Chris Dale » 19 Oct 2006 08:21

Hi Asiaticus,

Thanks for the answer. Maybe you're right there, I wonder if any of those military advisors were German and that's where this rumour started?

Has anyone else heard of such a force?

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Post by UMachine » 19 Oct 2006 13:51

Try this.

http://users.ju.edu/jclarke/wizzc.html


There are a couple of topics giving an outline of Italian-Japanese-Ethiopian relations.Then,go to Book Chapters,Girding For A Battle The Arms Trade In A Global Perspective 1815-1940.In the list of contents of this book,is a chapter entitled:The Most Unlikely of Allies:Hitler And Haille Selassie And The Defense of Ethiopia 1935-1936.Somewhat pricey,but this guys articles seem well researched.

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Post by Chris Dale » 22 Oct 2006 22:20

Thank you for that link... it sounds like there may be some truth to this....

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