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The Mediterranean War – Part 1 – Hitler’s Directive no. 18

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Hitler’s Directive no. 18 was issued on November 12th 1940. It mainly concerned eventual future German participation in the support of the Italian operations in and around the Mediterranean. The Hitlerite directives were a mixture of general information, warning of eventual future actions and orders for planning and preparations. Several dozen directives were issued during […]

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Italian Military Map Symbols

This manual explains and illustrates the Italian military map symbols used during World War Two.

Guide to NARA Italian Microfilm Records Series T-821

These NARA files contain a wide variety of documents covering the Italian Armed Force from 1939-43.

Letter from Hitler to Mussolini, August 25, 1939

The relation of Germany to Poland, not through the blame of the Reich, but as a result of the activity of England, has become considerably more unsatisfactory since spring and in the last few weeks the position has become simply unbearable. The reports about the persecution of the Germans in the border areas are not invented press reports but represent only a fraction of the terrible truth.

Letter from Mussolini to Hitler, August 25, 1939

If Germany attacks, and Poland’s allies open a counterattack against Germany, I want to let you know in advance that it would be better if I did not take the initiative in military activities in view of the present situation of Italian war preparations, which we have repeatedly previously explained to you, F├╝hrer, and to Herr von Ribbentrop.