On August 28, 1940, 11 Squadron dive bombed a "substantial vehicle park" at Mogadishu in Italian Somaliland
claiming the destruction of 800 trucks.
In 1941, British forces began operations against the Italian East African Empire and quickly brought the greater part of Italian Somaliland
under British control.
(19) Following the war, British Somaliland was restored to protectorate status in 1948 while Italian Somaliland
was placed under UN trusteeship.
In crafting the 1947 peace treaty with Italy after the war, no agreement was reached on its colonies, save that Italy renounced sovereignty over them - Libya, Eritrea and Italian Somaliland
Taylor, 'wanted the glory of a victorious war, not a mere adjustment of territory: When the Italians launched their invasion on October 3rd, 1935 from both Eritrea and Italian Somaliland
, the League of Nations imposed notional economic sanctions on Italy.
Located on the Horn of Africa, Somalia became independent in 1960 following the amalgamation of British and Italian Somaliland
. Dominated by desert, the country covers an area of 637,657 square kilometres, and has a population estimated at around 9.8 million, 85 per cent of whom are Somali.
Italy got Somalia (Italian Somaliland
) and part of Ethiopia, while Spain received the smallest territory, Equatorial Guinea (then called Rio Muni), and later, the Western Sahara.
In 1960, it gained its independence and united with what was then Italian Somaliland
to form the Somalia republic.
In the 1880s, the Italians established the colonies of Eritrea and Italian Somaliland
on the Red Sea coast.
The British officially notified the signatory powers to the Berlin Conference of 1885, on July 20, 1887, that a British protectorate had been formed and participated in the demarcation of borders between Ethiopia, Djibouti (French Somaliland), Somaliland (British Somaliland), Somalia (Italian Somaliland
), and Kenya.
Of the estimated 10,000 Somalis living in Wales, the vast majority originate from the former British territory, which reluctantly joined up with Italian Somaliland
to form Somalia in 1960.
At the time, however, Il Duce was also plotting revenge on Abyssinia for a bloody border clash with Italian Somaliland
. Mussolini thought his allies would understand if he invaded the Ogaden to add an African colony to his new Roman Empire, just as the British and French had so often done in previous decades.