Battle of Amba Alagi

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Battle of Amba Alagi
Part of the First Italo-Ethiopian War
Ras Mekonnen Amba Alage 2.jpg
Ras Makonnen leading his troops to victory
Date December 7, 1895
Location Amba Alagi, Ethiopia
Result Ethiopian victory
Belligerents
 Italy  Ethiopia
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of Italy Oreste Baratieri Ethiopian Empire Makonnen
Ethiopian Empire Welle Betul
Ethiopian Empire Mangesha Yohannes
Strength
2,350 Eritrean Askari and Italians 30,000
Casualties and losses
1,300 Eritrean Askari; 20 Italian officers Unknown
This article is about the First Battle of Amba Alagi, fought during the First Italo-Ethiopian War. It is not to be confused with the Second Battle of Amba Alagi, fought during World War II.

The Battle of Amba Alagi was the first in a series of battles between General Baratieri and Emperor Menelik during the First Italo-Ethiopian War. Amba Alagi was one of Baratieri's forward positions, left in charge to Major Toselli as well as 2,000 Eritrean Askari. On 7 December 1895, the Ras Makonnen, Ras Welle Betul and Ras Mengesha Yohannes commanded an assault of Menelik's vanguard that annihilated the Italians and killed Major Toselli.

However, the defeat at Amba Alagi did have a silver lining for Baratieri. Prime Minister Crispi's shocked cabinet agreed to advance another 20 million lire (£80,000) to ensure that a disaster could be stopped.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Pakenham, The Scramble for Africa, (London: Abacus, 1992) pp. 477.