|Born||16 January 1879
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Italy|
|Service/branch||Royal Italian Army|
|Commands held||General of Italian Army; Governor of Eritrea and Amhara|
|Battles/wars||Second Italo-Abyssinian War
Spanish Civil War
Italian conquest of British Somaliland
East African Campaign
Luigi Frusci (16 January 1879 – 1949) was an officer in the Italian Royal Army (Regio Esercito) during the Italian conquest of Ethiopia and World War II. He was even Governor of Eritrea and Amhara (Ethiopia).
Luigi Frusci was born in Venosa in 1879 and soon enlisted in the Italian Army. He fought during World War I and -after Benito Mussolini took control of Italy- he enrolled in the National Fascist Party.
Frusci fought on the southern front for General Rodolfo Graziani during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. In April 1936, during the Battle of the Ogaden, Frusci commanded the center column of three columns attacking the Ethiopian "Hindenburg Wall". Later Frusci was the commander of the Italian "volunteers" of the 2nd CCNN Division "Fiamme Nere" in the Corps of Volunteer Troops (Corpo Truppe Volontarie) during the Spanish Civil War in 1937 and 1938.
During World War II, Frusci was the main military commander in the Italian Eritrea Governorate. As a Lieutenant-General, he commanded Italian forces fighting in Eritrea during the East African Campaign. He fought in the Italian conquest of British Somaliland, conquering the capital Berbera.
In mid-1940, Frusci oversaw the initial Italian attacks into the Sudan, conquering Kassala. Later in 1940, even when ordered to do so, he chose not pull out of the Sudan. Instead, he rebuffed the initial efforts of British and Commonwealth forces to retake the border towns. In November, an assault on Gallabat was stopped short of its goals, the attacking force was hit hard from the air, and the position was re-taken by Italian ground forces.
With the fall of Eritrea, Frusci became a prisoner of war. In 1948 Frusci received from the Italian government the award "Commendatore dell'Ordine Militare d'Italia"  and the next year he died.
- Inspector of Infantry
- Colonel, Ogaden border region command, Italian Somaliland – 1935 to 1936
- Deputy General Officer Commanding, (Corpo Truppe Volontarie), Spain – 1936 to 1937
- General Officer Commanding, 20th Division Friuli, Spain – 1937 to 1938
- General Officer Commanding, XX Corps, Libya – 1938 to 1939
- Governor of Amhara, Ethiopia – 1939 to 1941
- Governor of Eritrea – 1940 to 1941
- General Officer Commanding, Eritrean Army, East Africa – 1940 to 1941
- Prisoner of War – 1941 to 1945
Luigi Frusci received many awards (and medals). The most important were: "Ordine militare dei Savoia"; "Ordine militare d'Italia"; "War Silver Medal"; "Medaglia interalleata della Vittoria" and "Cruz de la guerra por la Unidad Nacional Española".
- Goffredo Orlandi Contucci, A.O.I.- AFRICA ORIENTALE ITALIANA - La conquista dell'Impero nel ricordo del tenente Goffredo Orlandi Contucci - Edizioni MyLife, Monte Colombo/Coriano, 2009 ISBN 978-88-6285-100-8
- Eritrea Governorate
- Amhara Governorate
- Battle of Keren
- Second Italo-Abyssinian War
- Italian Order of Battle Second Italo-Abyssinian War
- East African Campaign (World War II)
- Order of Battle, East African Campaign (World War II)
- German Motorized Company
- History of Italy
|Governor of Eritrea