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Emilio De Bono

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This was a great reward for us. We had not had the good fortune to meet the enemy in force.
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Quoted in "The Civilizing Mission: A History of the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1936" - Page 172 - by A. J. Barker - 1968

 
Emilio De Bono

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