The war, it seemed, was all but over. The Emperor had departed the country and the Ethiopian armies were scattered and defeated. The capital city of Addis Ababa (or “New Flower”) was occupied by almost 10,000 Italian troops. The fact of the matter was that although the Italians held the capital, there were at least 50,000 armed and hostile Ethiopians scattered in the hills surrounding the city. Aberra and Asfa Wossen, sons of Ras Kassa, an Ethiopian nobleman and army commander, had taken up the struggle that their father had abandoned. Together they hatched a bold plan: a desperate counterattack with the twin aims of occupying Addis Ababa and the destruction of the Italian garrison. At dawn on the 28th, with the city shrouded in a heavy blanket of rain, the main force of Ethiopians lead by Aberra and some cadets from the Holeta Academy infiltrated the outskirts of the sprawling city. Their objective was St. George’s Cathedral and the marketplace it overlooked located in the heart of the capital.
Attacker: Ethiopian (Remnants of the Imperial Guard, various army units and cadets of the Holeta Academy)
Defender: Italian (Elements of Addis Ababa Garrison and Police Forces)
Turns: 8 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1936-07-28
Squads: A:14.5 D:22.0
AFVs: A:0 D:2 Lancia 1ZM x 2 Autocarro Leggero x 2