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Stuff from Soley Armament

March 9 2007 at 10:07 PM
bob lamoreaux 

Response to Ethiopian equipment


According to research I've uncovered during research on the manuscript on which I'm working concerning American Armament Corp. and private arms dealers of the 1930s, Soley Armament Co. (John Ball, proprietor) was the "largest supplier" of arms to Ethiopia during the Italo-Ethiopian War. As the British enacted an embargo of arms shipments to the warring countries, Ball apparently sold from stores located in other countries. The Belgian equipment was probably supplied by Soley-Grimard (Grimard being a Belgium arms dealer in partnership with Soley) as well as the French and British materiel. Unfortunately, I don't have a break-down of what may have been supplied. AAC also stated that it provided equipment to Ethiopia, but documentation on this is lacking and I suspect that any equipment sold by AAC was from Latin America probably via Soley.

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