Blackshirt troops arrive Eritrea 1935

This image, which I have just acquired carries the following description on the back:

First pictures of Italian troops in Eritrea. These are the first pictures of Italian troops in Eritrea and show men of the 215th Legion of Blackshirts, who have just arrived in the colony, bringing up their equipment. Note the camouflaged tents in the background.

EA July 28th 1935 PN.g

The arrival of these troops presaged the invasion of Ethiopia and the ‘Second Italo-Ethiopian war‘ of 3 October 1935 – May 1936. I have no idea what the strange plume is coming from the equipment they are carrying. It was painted on at a later date.

I have another image of the Italian troops actually crossing the border from Eritrea into Ethiopia through a triumphal arch.

Martin