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New book LOST LIONS OF JUDAH is out now in ebook and hardback. Find out about the Nazis, adventurers, and black crusaders who helped Ethiopia fight against the Italian invasion in the 1930s. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'KATANGA 1960-63: MERCENARIES, SPIES AND THE AFRICAN NATION THAT WAGED WAR ON THE WORLD' and 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), gives you the lowdown.





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Lost Lions of Judah Out Now


New Book on the Nazis, Adventurers, and Black Crusaders Fighting for Ethiopia



Lost Lions of Judah

My book about the crazy gang of foreign mercenaries who fought for Ethiopia in the 1930s is out now in ebook and hardback. It has a shiny new cover in gold and marble grey, and a very decent photo selection.

The Italian invasion of Ethiopia in late 1935 outraged the world. Communists saw it as proof of Fascist barbarism, liberals were shocked by the display of outdated imperialism; even the empire builders in London and Paris were reluctant to welcome Mussolini into their club.

It was a war between far-right modernity and patriarchal traditionalism. The Italians had airplanes, high explosive, and mustard gas. The Ethiopians preferred swords and spears. Emperor Haile Selassie needed expert foreign help. What he got was a bunch of mercenaries who could barely shoot straight and leaned further to the right than Mussolini.

Lost Lions of Judah tells the whole colourful, blood-stained story.

Cavalcade of Mercenaries

Ethiopia’s new foreign friends included Americans posing as fake French counts, Fascist Belgian soldiers, 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.

The international powers backing Haile Selassie were equally disreputable. Hitler supported 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 Italo-Ethiopian war started as picturesque exoticism for jaded journalists (barefoot soldiers, despot warlords, cave-dwelling priests) and ended in the abattoir of modern warfare (gas attacks, terror bombing, tortured prisoners). Haile Selassie’s foreigners waded through the blood and did their best to get rich or die trying.

Empire Building

Lost Lions of Judah is available in hardback and ebook. You can pick up a copy at Amazon.co.uk (or Amazon.com) and all the usual outlets.

If you need any further encouragement then the book has a great photo section with many rare pictures, including Austrian Nazi Dr Valentin Schuppler posing with the Ethiopian royal family, drunk English pilot Hugh de Wet looking belligerent, and a prosperous Hubert Julian snapped aboard a transatlantic liner.

All that and Evelyn Waugh as a war correspondent. Buy your copy now.



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