BROTHER IN ARMS!!
At the time of the Sudan campaigns Great Britain and Italy were sort of allies in the Scramble for Africa - with Italy in an obvious subaltern position).
In fact Massowa was kindly donated
by the UK to their Italian allies in 1885 as part of the Evacuation policy in the Sudan imposed by Britain on Egypt.
Some years later, when the Italian Government asked london for permission to organize an expedition to capture Kassala from the Dervishes (1894), with a view to expanding their East African Colony, Britain kindly granted her approval.
The italians quickly mounted a successful campaign capturing kassala in a short but bloody battle in the same year.
The Dervishes tried to recapture it in 1896 (just after the Italian disater of Adowa, at the hands of the Abyssinians), forcing the Italian garrison within the town and effectively putting Kassala under siege.
In spite of the critical moment (they were still licking their wounds after Adowa) the Italians managed to organize a successful relief column . The Kassala Relief Force successfully raised the siege and - assisted by the garrison - soundly smashed the Dervishes at the battles of Mokram and Tucruf.
However in 1897, with the Sudan Reconquest Campaign now on its way, London promptly asked that Kassala should be returned to Egypt, and the Italians meekly complied!
In he attached pic I stand between an Alpini (mountain troops) and a Bersaglieri (assault infantry) "veteran" soldiers.
The uniform shown is the one worn at the time of the Adowa and Kassala campaigns of 1896.
Due to the traditional bunch of cockerel feathers in their helmets, the Italian native troops called the Bersaglieri "Chicken Askaris" !!