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10/06/1940 Italy declares war on France and Britain

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WWII Factions: The Italian Army

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What if the Italian Army was Good in World War 2?

Italy's dictator Benito Mussolini declared war on France and Great Britain. The Italian entry into the war opened up new fronts in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Mussolini's immediate war aim was to expand the Italian colonies in North Africa by taking land from the British and French colonies.
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    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • Outbreak of the Second World War 

    • Italy enters the war: June 1940 

    • North Africa 

    • East Africa 

    • Balkans 

    • Mediterranean 

    • Eastern Front 

    • Allied Italian Campaign and Italian Civil War 

    • Italy and Japan after the surrender 

    • Casualties 

    • Aftermath 

    • Controversies of historiography