Ethiopian-Eritrean Wars, Volume 1

Eritrean War of Independence, 1961-1988

Adrien Fontanellaz, Tom Cooper

A detailed account of the Ethiopian-Eritrean War of Independence 1961-1991.
Publication date:
February 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Illustration :
110 photos, 10 maps, 12 colour profiles
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ISBN : 9781912390298

Dimensions : 297 X 210 mm
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• The first illustrated English-language account about Ethiopian military at war
• The first ever account about performance of the Ethiopian air force at war in Eritrea, in period 1961-1988

Ethiopia, a country of ancient origins in eastern Africa, has remained a military powerhouse of that continent until the present day. Currently involved in the war in neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia was also involved in half a dozen of other armed conflicts during the last 60 years. One of the most significant was the Eritrean War of Independence. Fought 1961-1991, this was one of the biggest armed conflicts on the African continent, especially if measured by numbers of combatants involved. It included a wide spectrum of operations, from ‘classic' counter-insurgency (COIN) to conventional warfare in mountains - with the latter being one of the most complex and demanding undertakings possible to conduct by a military force. Campaigns run during the Eritrean War of Independence often included large formations of relatively well-equipped forces, led by well-trained commanders, utilising complex plans based on home-grown doctrine. Airpower played a crucial - although not necessarily decisive - role in many of battles. Nevertheless, most of details about this conflict remain unknown to the wider public. Similarly, relatively few Western observers are aware of relations between the Eritrean liberation movements, and various dissident and insurgent movements inside Ethiopia - although the synergy of these eventually led the downfall of the so-called Derg government, in 1991. Reaching back to extensive studies of Ethiopian and Eritrean military history, this volume provides a detailed account of the first 25 years of this conflict: from the outbreak of armed insurgency in 1961 until the crucial battle of Afabet, in 1988. It is illustrated by over 100 contemporary photographs, maps and colour profiles.


As usual in this series, I cannot recommend this volume enough to those who are interested in this fascinating part of the world.
Miniature Wargames - Paul Jackson

The book unravels the complicated story of the area, describes the conditions, combatants and the outcome of the wars up till 1988, with further volumes promised. Highly recommended.
Scale Military Modelling International Magazine

This detailed account of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Wars is harrowing and informative, but describes an Africa I wish had never happened.
Books Monthly

The history of this region of East Africa makes interesting reading and provides a grounding in understanding of the conflict that continues in the region to this day.
Military Model Scene