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Graziani's War: Border Corrections
Conquest of Ethiopia #7
(Attacker) Italy vs Ethiopia (Defender)
Formations Involved

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Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 1 vote
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Conquest of Ethiopia
Historicity Historical
Date 1935-10-18
Start Time 13:00
Turn Count 24
Visibility Day & Night
Counters 61
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 2
Maps 2: 86, 89
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 165
AAR Bounty 220
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 0
Battle Types
Urban Assault
Entrenchment Control
Hidden Units
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Severe Weather
Terrain Mods
Scenario Requirements & Playability
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Generale Rodolfo Graziani commanded the southern front of the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. Intended to be a defensive front, Graziani proposed other ideas and received permission from Rome to move offensively. The first actions on the southern front (the Somali front, where the Italians had to face some of the finest of Hailè Salassiè’s troops) were called “border corrections.” The Regia Aeronautica carried out almost all of the initial attacks, employing bombing and strafing runs that forced some Ethiopian forts and garrisons to surrender. The first real occasion Italian troops and the allied Sultan Olol Dinle’s private army had for measuring themselves against the brave enemy occurred on the 18th of October.


The heavy Italian air support combined with the mud proved very effective in inhibiting the Ethiopian forces’ initiative. However, they displayed their bravery, managing to damage six Italian aircraft and heavily harass the Bande's advance throughout the day. Nevertheless, as night fell the Italian colonial troops forced the Ethiopians to retreat from the fort. However, Hamed Badil’s mercenaries resisted in the Gilde village until the following morning, holding up Olol Dinle’s dismounted cavalry. Not until II Bande Group pitched in did the standoff resolve itself. Badil, a cousin and long-time rival of Olol Dinle, managed to escape, but Dinle captured him a few days later. Dinle offered Badil a sumptuous tent, a fine dinner, and women for the evening. Later that night Badil's own brother strangled him on Olol Dinle’s orders.

Display Order of Battle

Ethiopia Order of Battle
Ethiopian Imperial Army
  • Towed
  • Foot
Italy Order of Battle
Regio Corpo di Truppe Coloniali
Regio Esercito

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This leader should have a morale of "9" and a modifier of "0" instead of the other way around.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)
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