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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Ethiopia,   pp. 679-717 PDF (13.5 MB)


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ETHIOPIA
    WITHDRAWAL OF AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR
               REPRESENTATIVES FROM ETHIOPIA'
765.84/5184: Telegram
The Minister Resident in Ethiopia (Engert) to the Secretary of State
                          ADDIs ABABA, February 19, 1937-4 p. m.
                              [Received February 21-12: 15 a. m.]
  45. An attempt on the life of the Marshal was made at the palace
at about 1 p. m. today by one or more natives with hand grenades
and he is said to have been wounded. How seriously is not yet known.
Other prominent Italians reported to have been wounded are the
general commanding air forces and the chief of the carabinieri.
  Italian authorities at once took drastic action machine gunning and
beating natives indiscriminately and burning their huts. Bombing
planes have been acting with incendiary bombs in the outskirts of
the city and at this writing a good deal of rifle and even field gun fire
is audible throughout the city. All natives have been driven off the
streets and the Italians including civilian laborers seem thoroughly
alarmed and go about heavily armed.
  By an odd coincidence the Marshal and Madame Graziani were
at their own suggestion to have come to tea at this Legation this
afternoon.
                                                         ENGERT
765.84/5181: Telegram
The Minister Resident in Ethiopia (Engert) to the Secretary of State
                        ADDIS ABABA, February 19, 1937-9 p. m.
                             [Received February 21-12:22 a. m.]
  46. Official communique states about 10 hand grenades were thrown
wounding some 30 persons among whom Marshal Graziani, Vice Gov-
ernor General Petretti, General Liotta, General Garibaldi, General Ar-
mando, Governor Siniscalchi, Chief of Cabinet Mazzi and Archbishop
Kyrillos. Condition of Marshal stated satisfactory. Liotta lost one
leg.
                                                        ENGERT
 1For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. In, pp.
330 ff.
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