Downfall of Italy: 1943 (1/2) | Animated History

Downfall of Italy: 1943 (1/2) | Animated History

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Italy in World War II gets a bad reputation as a nation that never accomplished anything, and was ultimately irrelevant to the outcome of the war. But when the Allies finally decided to invade Italy in 1943, they quickly became stalemated by a series of expert-crafted defensive lines created by the German general Albert Kesselring. Join us as we explore exactly how the invasion that was predicted to last only a few months turned into a grueling ordeal that lasted all the way up until the Axis surrender, and cost the Allies over 300,000 casualties.

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  1. my Great Uncle was a general helping lead the troops up Italy at close to the beginning of the invasion of main land Italy. His jeep hit a land mine flipped and landed on his right leg taking everything off below the knee.

  2. Italy europe's soft underbelly: politically, perhaps.
    Militarily: mmmmmhhhhhh.
    And the allies did well, who did not find 1 million Italians fighting alongside the Germans, to defend their homes and families.

  3. The story was much simpler than that.
    The Mafia had a strong influence in Southern Italy, the Americans understood that and sent Lucky Luciano a US Mafia Boss to talk with Mafia Leaders to allow US forces to land in Sicily and then the rest of Southern Italy without any resistance (Which happened), just check de-classified CIA documents for reference.
    Americans promised to Mafia Bosses that once Italy would be liberated, they will be involved in the new Italian Government (Which happened).
    So the reason why Italy fell apart so fast was thanks to the Mafia help. That was a masterstroke, that eventually won WW2 for the Allies, as they were now free to focus all the forces on Northenr Europe.

  4. hey sorry to be a nit picker, but the raid on termoli wasn't done by the SAS it was done by Royal Marines Commandos of No. 2 and No. 40 commando. these two groups where under what was called at the time 2nd Special Service Brigade (i see the how while researching this you may have got it mixed up) 2nd Special Service Brigade where then renamed 2nd Commando Brigade in 1944. basically all I'm saying is give the Royal Marines some credit man, the SAS weren't involved.

  5. Hows about the entire fing history channel (minus oak island i like that) is fired and replaced with:

    Timeghost and anything else indy nidell touches
    The armchair historian
    Mark felton
    Epic history
    Kings and generals
    Oversimplified (theyre funny)
    The cynical historian
    Extra history (although each video gets less informative, fact based and more political with them)
    Atun-shei films (they do some funny civil war related things)
    Townsends (for food related history)
    Biographic, Infographic, geographics and everything simon whistler touches
    History matters
    Emporor tigerstar
    timeline world documentries
    reruns of the great war
    cody from the alternate history hub

    Just for a daily line up. Instead of ancient aliens talking about bug people!

  6. Sardinia should of been invaded after Sicily it would of drained the resources of the German divisions in Italy. Then the Germans would have to stretch out to defend the whole length of Italy while the Italian army changes sides.

  7. The Italian capitulation is mentioned, also that nearly all Italian troops, in the German occupied North, surrendered tk their occupiers or fought with them. But no mention the at least tens of thousands Italian partisans, leading a guerrilla war against the Nazi's and Mussolini's puppetstate.
    Those Italian partisans, from most political parties, but lead and mostly composed by Italian communists, fought bravely behind enemy lines and contributed greatly to the victory in Northern Italy. Just like the jugislav or Tito partisans, they were among the most feared enemies for German troops and the Nazi leadership.
    For one German soldier killed by the partisans, one thousand random civilians were slaughtered by the Nazis! But still, the civilian population wouldn't give up the partisans, nor their support for them.
    Remember, anything the partisans eat or dressed with came volontarily from the local population. All of their weapons were either their own hunting rifles or guns deserters brought with them, or what they captured from Waffen SS or other German and Italian fascist stations they attacked.
    Those heroes are definitely worth mentioning.
    Imo the armchair Historian has an American exeptionalist and anti communist bias, as most US citizens do, as no fault of their own, in all of his videos.
    It may not be his fault that he grew up brainwashed, but it still puts a heavy bias in all of his material and stands in the way of objectively reporting on historical events in the 20.century.

  8. I'm surprised that the Germans could muster 16 Divisons and send them to Italy so quickly. I mean, what a logistical nightmare this must have been in the midst of the World War with a huge Eastern front and later in 1944 a Western front too! And how strange for the Axis to be kind of enemies now.

  9. Small correction that I'm sure you've already heard but I havent seen: it was called the Italian Social Republic. I've never heard it refereed to as a "Socialist Republic"

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