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Propaganda Post Cards Depicting the Second Italo-Ethiopian War

Identifier: MSS 0484

Scope and Content

Eight post cards from the 'Gli Avvenimenti Illustrati' series which depict events during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War (also known as the Second Italo-Abyssinian War) in 1935-1936. The post cards were used as Italian propaganda with the intention of showing the superiority of the Italian military over the Ethiopian forces. Each card is numbered, and this set includes numbers 1-6 and numbers 8-9. Each post card includes an illustration with captions in Italian on both the front and back.

N. 1: captions include: "...Padre Giuliani... Dal Comunicato N. 106... il grosso abissino, spostandosi verso Usrieu... Seconda Divisione Camicie Nere..." [Depicts Padre Giuliani holding a wounded Italian soldier.]. N. 2: captions include: "...Il tricolor d'Italia sulla vette dell' Amba Aradam 15 Febbraio 1936... Dal Comunicato N. 129..." [Depicts the raising of the Italian flag during the battle of Amba Aradam.]. N. 3: captions include: "...Amba Alagi 28-2-1936... Dal Comunicato N. 139... Corpo d' Armata" [Depicts Italian soldiers killing Ethiopian soldiers.]. N. 4: captions include: "...La prodigiosa scalata notturna dell' Amba Uork che ha date inizio all'azione nel Tembien... Dal Comunicato N. 143... Corpo d' Armata Eritreo" [Depicts Italian soldiers scaling the mountain Amba Work at night during the battle of Tembien.]. N. 5: captions include: "...Dal Comunicato N. 148... Corpo d' Armata... Tembien" [Depicts an Italian soldier fighting off an Ethiopian wielding a sword.]. N. 6: captions include: "... Distruzione nella piana di Ciolle Amadir... Dal Comunicato N. 158" [Depicts the destruction of Ethiopian aircraft.]. N. 8: captions include: "... battaglia del Lago Ascianghi... Dal Comunicato N. 176." [Depicts the battle of Lake Ascianghi.]. N. 9: captions include: "... L' intero eserclto comandato dal Negus e In fuga... Dal Comunicato N. 178" [Depicts Ethiopian soldiers fleeing from the Italians.]


  • Creation: Circa 1936


The collection is open for research.


0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

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Eight post cards used by Italy as propaganda during or following the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2012.

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A Guide to the Propaganda Post Cards Depicting the Second Italo-Ethiopian War
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
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Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America