The Regia Aeronautica’s chemical warfare in Ethiopia, 1936

Although Mussolini’s Italian forces tend to be regarded in the popular imagination as the inept comic-opera cousins of Germany’s far more lethal Wehrmacht, they didn’t pull any punches when waging their African campaigns.

In this video, Italian artillery and air forces employ mustard gas shells and bombs against largely defenseless Ethiopians. A Swedish Red Cross field hospital takes some collateral damage as well.

Category: Historica
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