Abyssinia, Italian East Africa, 1936
On 3 October 1935, the Italian Fascist regime under Mussolini attacked Ethiopia and occupied it for five years. Emperor Haile Selassie had to flee abroad into exile in 1936, and on 9 May that year Italy annexed the country, and the Italian flag was hoisted. It was modelled on that of revolutionary France at the end of the 18th Century, with green substituted for blue. The tricolour was officially adopted for the Kingdom of Sardinia with the arms of Savoy in its centre. It was the basis of the flag of a united Italy.