Italian blackshirt volunteers pose at the entrance to their camp at Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland, 1935. From Augusto Agostini, Kolonnen, Germany, 1942 (trans. from Italian). A history of the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, 1936, describing the glorious adventures of General Agostini's columns. Mussolini gained a great deal of prestige by his conquest of Abyssinia. The Italian public loved him for it. Gloria! The book doesn't mention the Italians' use of poison gas. Learyworks.com collection.