Like all other European Empires, the use of ‘Ascari’ native forces played a vital role in the policing and defence of imperial outposts. The Italians were no different in this regard and made extensive use of Eritrean and Somali forces which played an important role in the invasions of Ethiopia.
Ranging from the organised battalions of Eritrean Ascaris and their famed Penne di Falco cavalry army, to the Arabo-Somali warriors, near and of the Ogaden desert, the Italians made good use of their colonial subjects.
In this Chain of Commmand:Abyssinia army list we detail the infantry forces of the Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali (Royal Corps of Colonial Troops), detailing the specifics of the Eritrean and Somalis that formed the bulk of the Ascari formations. In the next post we shall deal with the army list for the Penne Di Falco.