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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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Preparing for the Counter-offensive

Preparing for the Counter-offensive

(p.95) Chapter 5 Preparing for the Counter-offensive
The First Victory

Andrew Stewart

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of General Archibald Wavell's vision of a grand strategy as plans to support the rebellion on the Gojjam plateau gathered pace. To bring these to fruition, he had appointed Colonel Daniel Sandford to play a leading part. Sandford proposed the establishment of “Mission 101,” named after the percussion-type Fuse 101 used widely by the Royal Artillery, as it was his intention that his activities would ignite the Ethiopian revolt. Meanwhile, anxiety was growing within the senior ranks of the Italian military. The Italian commander still believed the offensive from Kenya would be a secondary effort, entirely as Wavell had anticipated, and his deception plans were already proving too sophisticated for his opponents.

Keywords:   General Archibald Wavell, Gojjam plateau, Colonel Daniel Sandford, Mission 101, Royal Artillery, Ethiopian revolt, Italian military, Kenya

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