Italy: Medal for the African Campaigns 1895-1896.

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Italy: Medal for the African Campaigns 1895-1896.

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The medal was created by Royal Decree 463 of 3 November 1894 and awarded to military who served during the first Italian attempts at colonial expansion in the Horn of Africa. The Expedition of 1895-96 was aimed at Ethiopia and was one of very few instances of successful African resistance to European colonising forces. The key battle was that of Adowa on 1 March 1896 when 20,000 Italian troops supported by artillery met vastly superior numbers of well-armed Ethiopians who defeated them decisively, more than half of the Italian force being killed or wounded. The Treaty of Addis Ababa signed that autumn recognised the independence of Ethiopia and set out the borders of Italian-controlled Eritrea.