World War II Documents: Armistice with Italy (Illustrated)by U.S. Government
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Even before the British and Americans were able to make major strategic decisions in 1943, a massive German surrender at Stalingrad in February marked the beginning of the end for Hitler’s armies in Russia. From that point forward, the Red Army started to steadily push the Nazis backward toward Germany, but it would still take the Red Army almost an entire two years to push the Germans all the way out of Russia.
In July 1943, just a few months after the surrender at Stalingrad, the Allies conducted what at the time was the largest amphibious invasion in history, coordinating the landing of two whole armies on Sicily over a front more than 100 miles long. Within weeks of the beginning of the Allied campaign in Italy, Italy’s government wasted no time negotiating peace with the Allies and quickly quit the war.
Though Italy was no longer fighting for the Axis, German forces continued to occupy and control Italy in 1943. The Germans attempted to resist the Allies’ invasion on Sicily but were badly outmanned and outgunned, leading to a German evacuation of the island within a month. The Allies would land on the mainland of Italy in September and continue to campaign against the Germans there. With Allied forces firmly established in Italy, the British and Americans began to plot a much more massive invasion to liberate Western Europe from the Nazis.
This collection of historic World War II documents includes the negotiated armistice with Italy and the instrument in which it surrendered and quit the war. It also includes the amendments to the armistice and surrender, as well as letters written by Dwight D. Eisenhower and other Allies. This edition is illustrated and specially formatted with a Table of Contents.
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