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Graziani vs. Rommel

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Graziani and Rommel led two very different armies in the North Africa front, and in turn, the options they had were not the same. To base any comparison between the success of Erwin Rommel and the failure of Graziani’s Italian forces prior to the German involvement is simply flawed.

The Repubblica Sociale Italiana, RSI

Mussolini, Pavolini and F. Barracu on 25 Apr 45. Three days before his execution

Mussolini realized in the months following his new appointment that the RSI was little different than the other occupied countries of Germany. Northern Italy was to support the German war effort. Mussolini was flanked by German counselors, and even protected by 30 SS men of Hitler’s personal body guards.

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