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Italy enters World War II in 1940....

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June 10, 1940


* Italy enters World War II - WWII (1st report)
* Benito Mussolini speech / photo

The front page has a nice banner headline: "ITALY IN WAR; INVADES FRANCE" with subheads and photo of Mussolini. Nice for display. Related map on page 2.
Complete with all 30 pages, light toning at the margins, small library stamp within the masthead, small binding holes with a little wear along the spine, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: On 10 June 1940, as the French government fled to Bordeaux before the German invasion, declaring Paris an open city, Mussolini felt the conflict would soon end and declared war on Britain and France. As he said to the Army's Chief-of-Staff, Marshal Badoglio:

    I only need a few thousand dead so that I can sit at the peace conference as a man who has fought.

Mussolini had the immediate war aim of expanding the Italian colonies in North Africa by taking land from the British and French colonies.

Of Italy's declaration of war, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States, said:

    On this tenth day of June 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.

Category: World War II

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