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Nursing and medical records in the Imperial War in Ethiopia (1935–36)

organised and even worse equipped, could do nothing against an expeditionary force that came to commit around 400,000 men and made extensive use of armoured vehicles, air force and poison gas.10 On 31 March 1936, the Ethiopian Army was defeated and on 5 May Italian troops occupied the capital, Addis Ababa. In 1936, fascism reached its peak in terms of support from the Italian people and, at the same time, fostered intolerance against anything that dared to challenge the regime. During his proclamation of the empire speech in Rome on 9 May, Mussolini’s rhetoric inflamed

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