Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Battle of Adwa 117th anniversary – 02 March 2013

Adwa Battle Ethiopia vs Italy 1896
Today marks the 117th anniversary of the Battle of Adwa, site of a crucial Ethiopian victory over vastly superior Italian invaders at the famous Battle of Adwa in 1986 under the leadership of Emperor Menilik II.
The famous victory came as surprise to European colonial powers that had no choice but recognize Ethiopia as a sovereign state and secured it the distinction of being the only African nation to successfully resist European colonialism with a decisive show of force.

The Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II united to defeat an invading force, was one of the most significant turning points in the history of modern Africa.
The day is being observed in Addis Ababa at Menelik Square in the presence of Ethiopian patriots, government officials as well as the diplomatic community in Ethiopia.

The actual battle took place on March 1 and 2 1896 in Adwa.

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