Bare Feet and Bandoliers - Wingate, Sandford, The Patriots and the Liberation of Ethiopia, by David
Published by Pen & Sword in 2009, 337 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4629)
Brand New Book
This book provides a fascinating account of the first successful attempt by Allied forces during the Second World War to support and sustain a local resistance movement with regular forces in enemy-held territory. It also tells the story of how Ethiopia became the first nation conquered by the Axis to be freed...
The campaign in Ethiopia might appear small in relation to the war in the whole of East Africa, but it had great military importance. In 1941 the British Commonwealth, the Indian and Sudanese forces, with the Patriots - local chiefs and their followers who resisted the Italian occupation - advanced into Italian East Africa and defeated the Italian armies. David Shireff, who himself served in the campaign, gives an evocative and impressive account of how Colonel Orde Wingate with his Gideon Force was able through bold and imaginative command to force the surrender of a large part of the Italian forces. Shireff also explores the role of Brigadier Daniel Sandford, now an almost forgotten commander, in organizing his Mission 101 and the sustained rebellion of the Patriots.