Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Duke of Aosta gets medal for bravery

May 20, 1941

King Victor Emanuele of Italy today bestowed on his cousin, the Duke of Aosta, the Viceroy of Ethiopia, Italy's highest military order, the gold medal for bravery in action. The Duke recently surrendered the Alagi garrison to the British.
"I viewed with great affection and admiring pride your work as a commander and soldier," the king said in a message to the Duke. "I confer on you the Gold Medal for Military Valor."
It was reported by the New York Times that the Duke of Aosta has been taken prisoner by the British imperial forces "at the end of a siege in Northern Ethiopia."

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