Ethiopia Speaks: The Italian Invasion 1935 - 1941 (Book)

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Ethiopia Speaks: The Italian Invasion 1935 - 1941


... It was at the time when the operations for the encircling of Makalle were taking place that the Italians fearing a rout, followed the procedure which is now my duty to denounce to the world. Special sprayers were installed on board aircrafts so that they could vaporize, over vast areas of territory, a fine death — dealing rain. Groups of nine, fifteen, eighteen aircrafts followed one another so that the fog issuing from them formed a continuous sheet. It was thus that, as from the end of January,1936, soldiers, women, children, cattle, rivers, lakes, and pastures were drenched continually with this deadly rain. In order to kill off systematically all living creatures, in order the more [move] surely poison waters, and pastures, the Italian command made the aircrafts pass over and over again. That was its chief method of warfare... The object was to scatter fear and death over a great part of the Ethiopian territory. These fearful tactics succeeded. Men and animals succumbed. The deadly rain that fell down from the aircraft made all those whom it touched fly shrieking with pain. All those who drank the poisoned water or ate the infected food also succumbed in dreadful suffering. In tens of thousands, the victims of the Italian mustard fell...

Selassie I at the League of Nations 1936

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