The Dubats.

by Daniel Russ on February 15, 2012

Benito Mussolini


Every nation in Europe had holdings in Africa at one time, and almost none of it benefited the occupied. The Roman model of Auxiliary regiments made of locals adapted by the modern Roman Benito Mussolini. Colonel Bechi, at Mussolini’s behest raised a regiment of soldiers loyal to Italy to patrol familiar territory: the Italian holdings in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, British Somaliland.


These tribesmen were called Dubats, and they wore their tribal uniform but carried the Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 that fired the 8X50mm round. After a while, they became quite an effective fighting force.


The Italians used them as guerrilla forces, raiding across the border into Somalia and keeping Ras Tafari’s Ethiopian forces off guard. It wasn’t long before the Ethiopians and the Dubats were rubbing up against each other, and on December 5th 1936 shots rang out between Ethiopian forces and Dubats at the Ual-Ual wells. It led to the Second Italian-Abyssinian War. There 20,000 Dubats served while Ethiopia was conquered.


Dubat Warrior, Fought For Otalisn, named from the word for 'White Turban"

Dubat Warrtior


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Louis September 12, 2017 at 2:49 am

Basically they were doing what they did before the Italians conquered them, but now with more modern arms, and better training, namely raiding into Ethiopia.

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