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The Italian Resistance:

Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies

Paperback (320 pages)
Italy's anti-fascist, anti-Nazi Resistance movement was one of the biggest and most politically radical, yet it remains relatively unknown outside of its own homeland.

The Italian Resistance:

One of the enduring myths about World War Two is that only the Allies liberated occupied Europe. Many countries had anti-fascist Resistance movements, and Italy's was one of the biggest and most politically radical, yet it remains relatively unknown outside of its own homeland.

Within Italy many plaques and streets commemorate the actions of the partisans -- a spontaneous movement from below that grew as Mussolini's dictatorship unravelled. Led by radical left forces, the Resistance trod an uneasy line between fighting their enemies at home and maintaining their alliances abroad. Essential for courses on World War Two and European history, Tom Behan uses unpublished archival material and interviews with surviving partisans to tell an inspiring story of liberation.

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  • 28 Oct 22: Fascist Mussolini takes control of Italy
  • 11 Feb 29: Lateran Treaty signed between Mussolini and the Vatican
  • 03 Oct 35: Italy invades Ethiopia
  • 25 Oct 36: Italy forms Axis alliance with Germany
  • 07 Apr 39: Italy invades and annexes Albania
  • 06 Nov 37: Italy signs the Anti-Comintern Pact
  • 10 Jun 40: Italy declares war on Britain and France
  • 21 Jun 40: Italy unsuccessfully invades southern France
  • 27 Sep 40: Italy signs Tripartite Pact with Germany and Japan
  • 25 Jul 43: Italy's king imprisons Mussolini, replaces him with Badoglio
  • 08 Sep 43: Italy surrenders to Allies; Germans seize Rome and northern Italy
  • 09 Sep 43: Italian forces in German-controlled areas made prisoners of war
  • 12 Sep 43: Mussolini is rescued by German commandos
  • 13 Oct 43: Italy declares war on Germany
  • 04 Jun 44: Allies liberate Rome - one down, two to go
  • 27 Apr 45: Mussolini captured by Anti-Fascist partisans and executed

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