BRITISH EXPEDITION TO ABYSSINIA 1867-68

The British expedition to Abyssinia was a rescue mission and punitive expedition carried out in 1868 by the British Empire against the Ethiopian Empire. Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia, imprisoned several missionaries and two representatives of the British government in an attempt to force the British government to comply with his requests for military assistance. The punitive expedition launched by the British in response required the transportation of a sizeable military force hundreds of miles across mountainous terrain lacking any road system. The formidable obstacles to the action were overcome by the commander of the expedition, General Sir Robert Napier, who captured the Ethiopian capital, and rescued all the hostages. The expedition was widely hailed on its return for achieving all its objectives. This account of the 1867/68 campaign is by an officer of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, one of the regiments involved.

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