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Old April 22nd, 2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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battle of Adwar & castration


The battle of Adwar March 1, 1896 The Italian General Baratari believing his force of 16 thousand will be facing an Ethiopian force of 30K orders his army to move toward Adwar to seal off the mountain passes. This would force Menelik to move his(in reality) 100 thousand men into a narrower field allowing greater impact for Italian artillery. Not to be seen by Ethiopian spies the Italian army moved at night through the mountains. As they moved forward one group lead by Gen. Albertone found itself 2 miles ahead of the rest of the army Baratieri orders Gen. Dobormido to move to Albertone’s right to protect his flank and to offer support in retreat. As in most major battles an unexplained action occurs. Dobormido finds himself moving away from his supposed location leaving a wide gap. His army finds itself facing an enormous. 25K encampment. Being able to ignore Dolbormido Menelik sends his army between the gap separating both Italian forces. The Oromo, Ethiopian Calvary.drove through the gap The Oromo decorate themselves and their horses with the genitallia of their enemies. Still alive or dead the Oromo castrate many they fight. Albertones group realizing they are trapped with the impossibility of reinforcements break. They retreat in chaos. With many being cut down.
7 thousand Italians killed, I It is thought More then a thousand of the dead and those taken prisoner were castrated Those prisoners that lived after their castration, ,their wives were called “widows whose husbands are still alive.” In warfare castration is about emasculating the enemy. Throughout history it has occurred. Normans castrated their opponents when attacking Sicily and Italy. Those caught at the Gun Powder plot Nov 5,1605 were castrated. The Medieval story of Abelard and Heloise.(Abelard castrated by Heloise’s guardians) Soldiers at the Little Big Horn. And during Jim Crow very often lynched black men were castrated.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 05:21 PM   #2

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If I knew my enemy would castrate me if he took me prisoner, I'd save my last bullet for myself.
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There are tales of Ghurkas castrating Argentinians during the Falklands war. Any truth to these rumours.

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Seems unsubstantiated

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Old April 23rd, 2013, 01:43 AM   #4
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IT was beliebed that the Omoro castrated their enemy prioners they caught with guns. May be a reason why so many Italian aatnd astaris dropped their rifles. and a few soldiers did commit suicide rather then be castrated. It certainly adds a fear compnent in a battle. (As scalping?)
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 03:24 AM   #5

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The Viet Cong, Taleban and Dahomey Amazons used to do it too.

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The Oromo decorate themselves and their horses with the genitallia of their enemies.
Sounds like my ex girlfriend's cavalry regiment.
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