The Abyssinian War, 1867-68: Campaigning in ‘a country of which we know so little’

In 1867, Emperor Theodore II of Ethiopia seized several European hostages in a breach of diplomatic immunity. Hear how Britain launched a punitive expedition under Sir Robert Napier, accompanied by a substantial press corps. The 400-mile trek across the demanding terrain of Abyssinia was a huge logistical operation involving tens of thousands of soldiers and animals. It culminated with the storming and looting of Theodore’s fortress at Magdala.
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