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The Italians tended to invade weak countries, Ethiopia being one of them, because Italy wasn't all that strong either. Mussolini sent five infantry divisions, and one Panzer V2 tank division to capture the port cities along the coast of Somalia, and ended up invading both countries. Ethiopia surrendered in May 1941, but Somalia held out until July 1942.

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