The Bitwod Makonnen commanded the army of Wollega-Ardjo, the most modern and well-armed force in the north. Realizing the danger of an encirclement of Muluguea's army at Ambra Aradum and aching for a fight, he ignored the orders of his superiors and set out with a small picked force to halt the encircling left hook of the Italians. The Bitwod Makonnen divided his men into three parties. The objective was a group of Italian machine gun positions set up the afternoon before. Under cover of the half light before dawn, the Ethiopians crept toward the enemy.
Attacker: Ethiopian (Elements of the Army of Wollega-Ardjo)
Defender: Italian / Eritrean (Elements of the 46th Infantry Regiment, Sahauda Division)