Italian troopsI have just bought this photograph of Italian troops on board ship on their way to the battle for Ethiopia in 1935.

This is what the caption says:

“In case we sink…

Enroute to Eritrea – Italian Soldiers, in this exclusive photo, are given life-belt instruction on the forward deck of the S. S. Gange as it carried them towards Eritrea and the front lines of the Ethiopian conflict recently.”

Dated: 24 October 1935.

At 5:00 am on 3 October 1935, the Italian commander, General Emilio De Bono crossed the Mareb River and advanced into Ethiopia from Eritrea without a declaration of war.