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The Rise and Fall of Italian East Africa and the Battle of Keren

Keren

The first phase of the Keren battle is characterized by the stubborn and brilliant Italian resistance on the Dongolaas ravine, and on the surrounding peaks and valleys.

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Graziani vs. Rommel

grazianirommel

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.

First Battle of El Alamein

Bersaglieri in Action

The Italians were willing, unselfish and good comrades in the front line. There can be no disputing that the achievement of all the Italian units, especially the motorized elements, far outstripped any action of the Italian Army for 100 years. Many Italian generals and officers earned our respect as men as well as soldiers.

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Tanks and Armored Vehicles used by RSI Forces

A listing of tanks and armored vehicles used by RSI forces.

Events of 1940

Italy's Duke of Aosta, towers over his troops made up of mostly African colonials.

Italy declares war on France and England. Mussolini saw France’s imminent surrender and decided to reap some of the spoils of France. In order to do this, he needed to absorb as much French land as possible. Mussolini had interest in obtaining Nice, Corsica, French Somaliland and Tunisia.

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