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The First VictoryThe Second World War and the East Africa Campaign$
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Andrew Stewart

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300208559

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300208559.001.0001

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Triumph in the Mountains

Triumph in the Mountains

The Battle of Keren

(p.165) Chapter 8 Triumph in the Mountains
The First Victory

Andrew Stewart

Yale University Press

This chapter follows the British and Commonwealth troops as they passed through Keren. This town was important to both the Italian and British and Commonwealth forces as road and rail routes through it afforded access to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, and to Massawa, the main port in the southern Red Sea. To capture it, Major-General William Platt's two Indian divisions would have to confront the best Italian troops remaining in East Africa. The chapter shows how the attack on the Keren position had been the pivotal point in the East Africa campaign as it delivered the decisive blow to the Italians and allowed Platt the opportunity to accomplish what Wavell had asked him to do: secure the Sudanese border and then clearing the Italians from the coast beyond.

Keywords:   Keren, British troops, Commonwealth troops, Major-General William Platt, East Africa campaign, Italians, Sudanese border

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