Tag Archives: Italy

This week in the War, 13–19 September 1943: Bridgehead firmly established at Salerno

This week in the war, heavy fighting continued around Salerno, the more northerly prong of the Allied force that had invaded the Italian mainland. Using large numbers of tanks and powerful artillery, the Germans launched a series of counter-attacks aimed … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 6–12 September 1943: Italy surrenders, Mussolini is rescued

This week in the war, on 8 September 1943, with the Allied fleet already in view off the Italian coast near Salerno, Italy surrendered. (The agreement to do so had already been signed five days earlier.) General Eisenhower made the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 30 Aug–5 Sept 1943: The Invasion of Italy

This week in the war, on the morning of 3 September 1943, General Bernard Montgomery’s Eighth Army invaded the mainland of southern Italy. It was the beginning of what would become a two-pronged assault on the Italian mainland, with Lieutenant-General Mark … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 2–8 August 1943: Italy at the crossroads

This week in the war saw Italy poised on the brink of changing sides. On 6 August 1943, at the request of the Germans, representatives of Germany and Italy met at the Italian-Austrian border. The foreign ministers from both Germany … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 8–14 March 1943: Italian workers stage a strike at the Fiat factories in Turin

This week in the war, 12 March 1943, tens of thousands of workers at the Fiat factories in the Italian industrial city of Turin went on strike. Other Italian workers followed their lead and war production across northern Italy ground … Continue reading

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