Mussolini loses his nerve. The success of the Ethiopian Christmas offensive rattled the italians, that's when they started using gas warfare, it's also when Mussolini starts seriously considering the French-British peace plans (the infamous hoare lavel plans which are enacted in the sealion press novel a greater britain, illustration from that book below).What do you think would be the best outcome for Ethiopia here?
I know a lot of historians think he was just stalling and was never going to accept anything less than total victory but I'm unconvinced. I think a stronger Ethiopian defence absolutely could have forced Mussolini to the peace table. And then Ethiopia is in the position of Finland after the winter War as opposed to France in 1940.