Talk:Ethiopian order of battle in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War

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What kind of Weapons did the Etiopians Have in this war?

Kebir Zabanga or Imperial Guard were organized in modern military oganization and equipped with new Mauser rifles and German belts worn over a European-style khaki uniforms. Also heavy machineguns, 81mm mortars, mountain gun battery. Zabanga units of the provincial governors were usually better equipped than their local army troops also some with machineguns and artillery peices and often trained on European lines.
Ethiopian main army, Mahel Sefari and some other provinces (Gojjam, Sidamo) consisted of Selfegna, ordinary soldiers, equipped according to European standards. Their uniforms were, however, locally made, armed with whatever rifles were available, including modern Mausers, Mannlichers, Lebels, Lee-Metfords, Moisins and Italian Mannlicher Carcanos, as well as much older Vetterlis, le Gras and Marini-Henry guns.
Machineguns were usually grouped in 2 to 4 weapons "platoons" and/or pack-artillery units could be attached, in uneven numbers to units. The artillery deployed mostly as individual direct-fire guns.
Other provinces had a feudal organization of "gascegna" feudal or tribal warriors,armed with a shotel, the Ethiopian curved saber. Their costume consisted of a shamma, or length of cotton which served as a body and head covering, with jodhpur-style trousers. Photographic evidence indicates that most of these men were armed with guns of various types. Photographs of the officers in these armies appear carrying a particluar round sheild. Asiaticus (talk) 23:27, 11 January 2008 (UTC)


What does this word mean? --Filippo Argenti 23:30, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

Qegnazmach = "Qeny/Qegn" (ny/gn = ñ), meaning "right," + "Azmach" = "commander," i.e. commander of the right. It's one of the major divisions in traditional Ethiopian Military organization, where there was a commander of the right, of the left (Grazmach), of the front (vanguard = Fitawrari), and of the gate(Dejazmach). It's spelled as "Kenyazmach" in the Ethiopian aristocratic and court titles article (the "Q" represents IPA /k'/ which is spelled with a letter cognate to Latin "Q," and is sometimes spelled as "k" as shorthand, but more commonly as "k'" or "q"). — ዮም | (Yom) | TalkcontribsEthiopia 01:44, 19 June 2007 (UTC)