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Mussolini’s "foreign legion". Foreign volunteers for the Ethiopian war 1935-1936
Journal Title: ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA 
Author/s: Joao Fábio Bertonha 
Year:  2014 Issue: 275 Language: Italian 
Pages:  17 Pg. 331-347 FullText PDF:  156 KB
DOI:  10.3280/IC2014-275007
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The main purpose of this essay is to present the results of a recent research about the experience of thousands of foreign right-wing militants willing to serve as volunteers under the Italian flags in the Ethiopian war of 1935-1936. After some discussion, the project was rejected by the Italian government, but the idea of such a legion, though discarded, gives us the opportunity to shed new light on the connections, ties of solidarity and contradictions among the Fascist and right-wing movements during that fateful period. Special attention is given to the nationality of the would-be volunteers, their ideological and political outlooks and their connections with Italy and with their respective countries of residence.
Keywords: Fascism, foreign volunteers, Ethiopian war, Fascist internationalism, Italian Armed Forces, mercenaries

Joao Fábio Bertonha, Mussolini’s "foreign legion". Foreign volunteers for the Ethiopian war 1935-1936 in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 275/2014, pp. 331-347, DOI:10.3280/IC2014-275007

   

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