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Mussolini Makes a Meal of Africa

22 June 1935
BG C11/648

In the summer of 1935 the Italian dictator Mussolini starts preparations for the capture of Ethiopia (Abyssinia) by concentrating his troops on the border of Eritrea. He wants to play a full role in the partition of Africa among European colonial powers: "I beg your pardon? Would you not allow me one pound of Abyssinia, John Bull, after having devoured kilos of human meat yourself?"