LOST LIONS OF JUDAH


LOST LIONS OF JUDAH

CHRISTOPHER OTHEN    Book Number: 86774    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'Haile Selassie's Mongrel Foreign Legion 1935-41', written by an academic who has discussed lost causes with political extremists and got drunk with an ex-mujahidin who knew Osama Bin Laden. Here Othen tells the strange and untold story of the Nazis and adventurers who fought for Ethiopia against Mussolini's invaders. In October 1935, Fascist Italy invaded independent Ethiopia. The Italians had planes, high explosives and mustard gas. The Ethiopians had swords and spears. Emperor Haile Selassie needed expert outside help and what he got was a crazy gang of mercenaries who could barely shoot straight and were further to the right than Mussolini. There were Americans posing as fake French counts, Fascist Belgian guns for hire, an African-American pilot duo known as the Black Eagle and the Brown Condor (they hated each other), a Cuban veteran of three failed far-right coups, an Austrian Nazi doctor, Swedish soldiers who preferred fighting Communism, and an alcoholic English dropout. Haile Selassie's international state support was equally disreputable. Hitler backed Selassie as part of a plot to grab back the Rhineland, and Japanese secret societies pushed a penniless Tokyo princess into marriage with an Ethiopian prince. Together this bizarre foreign legion tried to save Ethiopia from Fascism. The invasion of Ethiopia almost turned into a worldwide race war, told here with great style. 288pp, 16 pages of photos.
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ISBN 9781445659831
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