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Haile Selassie Gugsa (second from right), a military commander and governor of Eastern Tigray, turned coat just a week into the invasion. After the war he was sentenced to death (commuted to life imprisonment and later house arrest.)
Presumably the ships of Axum were similar to the earlier ships of Egypt on the Red Sea. The ships were made of wood, and the ropes woven of papyrus. You can find more here.; the ships were dismantled and stored in the caves; they were constructed of red cedar, imported from Lebanon. It is possible to use papyrus boats at sea: Thor Heyerdal managed to do ...
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