Political map of South & Southwest Asia 16 March 1941 (East African Campaign): By 1941, Italy's attempt to build an empire in the Mediterranean had turned into a fiasco, further isolating Italian East Africa. In January the British invaded from both Sudan - into Eritrea and western Ethiopia - and Kenya - into southern Ethiopia and Somalia (East African Campaign (World War II)). On 25 February this latter force captured Mogadishu, allowing it to push across the Ogaden into eastern Ethiopia while additional British troops landed in Berbera and began the reconquest of British Somaliland.