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Italian submarine Cobalto damaged during Operation Pedestal, 1942

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Italian submarine Cobalto before sinking, showing massive gun-fire damage to its conning tower inflicted by the British destroyer HMS Ithuriel. August 12th, 1942. Operation Pedestal was an attempt by the British Royal Navy to carry supplies, particularly fuel, to Malta. It took place between 3-15 August 1942. The convoys were …

Italian battleships Vittorio Veneto and Littorio firing during WWII

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Italian battleships Vittorio Veneto (left, foreground) and Littorio (right, background) firing their main batteries in the Mediterranean during World War Two, sometime between 1940 and 1943. Vittorio Venetto and Littorio were sister battleships, and both saw extensive service during the war – particularly Vittorio Venetto. Both ships were surrendered to …

Brazilian soldiers greeted by Italian civilians in Massarosa, 1944

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Brazilian soldiers are greeted by Italian civilians as they arrive in the city of Massarosa, September 1944. Brazil was the only South American country to send troops abroad in World War II. The Brazilian Expeditionary Force consisted of 25.900 men who fought for the Allied Cause in the Mediterranean Theatre. …

Then and Now: Monte Cassino Abbey destroyed and rebuilt, 1944 vs 2007

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Abbey of Monte Cassino, Italy, in ruins after Allied bombings in February 1944, vs 2007. Allied forces wiped the monastery from the face of the Earth believing it was a vantage point for German forces. They were not sure it was, but decided to bomb it anyway in case the …

Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Munich, June 1940

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Benito Mussolini meets Adolf Hitler in Munich, with the Italian leader having traveled to discuss the French armistice request on June 18th, 1940. Although Mussolini intended to gain a hefty share of spoils from the French, Hitler did not want to discuss it. What’s more, the Fuhrer declared that he …