FC: Italy in WWII
1: Politcal and Military Leaders
2: Giovanni Messe | Benito Mussolini - Prime Minister of Italy | Fascist Party
3: How Italy Became Involved
4: On March 27,1929, a Friendship Treaty with Germany was the cause of Italy becaming involved with the war. They had similar foriegn policies and shared common interests in trying to change the order of Europe. Then on November 1, 1936, the Rome-Berlin Axis was created with Germany.
5: Military Plans and Strategies of Italy
6: - Italy joined with Germany - Planned to go against smaller, weaker countries
8: The Beretta model 1934 is a compact, semi-automatic pistol which was issued as a standard issue firearm.
9: The Beretta Model 38 and its varioants were the official submachine guns of the Italian Army in WWII. It was also used by German, Romanian, and Argentine armies.
10: The Obice da 75/18 modello 34 was a lightweight howitzer designed to be used as a mountain gun.
11: The Fucile Mitragliator Breda modello 30 was the standard light machine gun of the Italian army during WWII. It is widely regarded as a poor weapon because of its fragile clips, under powered cartridge, jamming, and slow rate of speed.
12: The Cannone da 47/32 M35 was an Austrian artillery piece manufactured under license in Italy in WWII.
13: The Cannone da 65/17 modello 13 was a lightweight infantry and mountain gun.
14: The Obice da 149/12 modello 14 was a howitzer produced by Skoda.
15: The Breda Model 35 was a 20mm anti-aircraft gun.
16: The Carcano rifle was an Italian bolt-action military rifle/carbine.
17: The Cannone da 105/28 modello 12 was a field artillery piece that was also a French gun.
19: 4 million Italians served in WWII Nearly half a million Italians (including civillians) died during the war Nearly 60,000 died as prisoners of war in Nazi labour camps 20,000 died in allied POW camps
20: Financial Cost
21: WWII cost Italy almost a million dollars. Back at the time that the war occurred this was a more substantial amount of money.
23: A giant mural of the Italian prime minister.
24: An Italian propagnda poster that shows the Italians defeating Hitler.
25: Two Italian propaganda posters.
26: Role of Civilians
27: Most people in Italy were against the war. The idea to enter was supported mainly by the government leaders.
28: Treaties and Documents
29: - Pact of Steel - Munich Pact -Tripartite (axis) Pact
30: Pact of Steel (aka Pact of Friendship) An alliance between Germany and Italy signed on May 22, 1939. It was signed between Hitler and Mussolini. Originially named the 'Pact of Blood'. This was discontinued after it was thought to be poorly recieved. In 1943, Italy switched to the Allies side.
31: Munich Pact (Munich Agreement) Agreement for the annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. An agreement between Germany, France, Britain, and Italy. Signed on September 30, 1938. It was dated for September 29, of the same year.
32: Tripartite (axis) Pact (aka) Three-Power Pact, Axis Pact, Three-way Pact, Tripartite Treaty Signed on September 27, 1940 by Japan, Germany, and Italy. It was a military alliance and the official founding of the axis powers. Read to the United States as a warning to remain neutral, or be invloved in a war on two fronts.
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