Downfall of Italy: 1943 (1/2) | Animated History

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Italy in World War II gets a bad reputation as a nation that never accomplished anything, and was ultimately irrelevant to the outcome of the war. But when the Allies finally decided to invade Italy in 1943, they quickly became stalemated by a series of expert-crafted defensive lines created by the German general Albert Kesselring. Join us as we explore exactly how the invasion that was predicted to last only a few months turned into a grueling ordeal that lasted all the way up until the Axis surrender, and cost the Allies over 300,000 casualties.
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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 aylar önce
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  • Churchill: *suggests a disastrous naval invasion to open a new front* Turkey: hey I've seen this one, it's a classic!

    Lumerico64Lumerico646 gün önce
  • The Italian capitulation is mentioned, also that nearly all Italian troops, in the German occupied North, surrendered tk their occupiers or fought with them. But no mention the at least tens of thousands Italian partisans, leading a guerrilla war against the Nazi's and Mussolini's puppetstate. Those Italian partisans, from most political parties, but lead and mostly composed by Italian communists, fought bravely behind enemy lines and contributed greatly to the victory in Northern Italy. Just like the jugislav or Tito partisans, they were among the most feared enemies for German troops and the Nazi leadership. For one German soldier killed by the partisans, one thousand random civilians were slaughtered by the Nazis! But still, the civilian population wouldn't give up the partisans, nor their support for them. Remember, anything the partisans eat or dressed with came volontarily from the local population. All of their weapons were either their own hunting rifles or guns deserters brought with them, or what they captured from Waffen SS or other German and Italian fascist stations they attacked. Those heroes are definitely worth mentioning. Imo the armchair Historian has an American exeptionalist and anti communist bias, as most US citizens do, as no fault of their own, in all of his videos. It may not be his fault that he grew up brainwashed, but it still puts a heavy bias in all of his material and stands in the way of objectively reporting on historical events in the 20.century.

    Max MeggenederMax Meggeneder9 gün önce
  • Switched side=right way to win XD

    LIG LemonLIG Lemon11 gün önce
  • I love that the Mussolini face on here is the one from the WW2 Italy Song

    Ad Astra GamingAd Astra Gaming11 gün önce
  • I was wondering if a request like "history of battleships of all navies" could be taken and used in a video...

    stevemc 01stevemc 0114 gün önce
  • BR

    Douglas MoreiraDouglas Moreira16 gün önce
  • SPQR: I am so proud of you, Italia. So.... do not tell anyone that you are my descendent

    Jet BlueberryJet Blueberry19 gün önce
  • october 13 1943 italy delcares war on germany her formaly ally, on that date she literally switched sides

    SursumkordaSursumkorda19 gün önce
  • Diplomat: “If you want peace, why’d you say you would fight to the end?” Italy: “Because the Germans will f*cking kill us if we say we’re not fighting to the end!”

    The Void Looks PrettyThe Void Looks Pretty20 gün önce
  • The Armchair Historian: why do you watched this video? Me, just finding memes from history: *hmmmm?*

    TirpitzTirpitz22 gün önce
  • Sardinia should of been invaded after Sicily it would of drained the resources of the German divisions in Italy. Then the Germans would have to stretch out to defend the whole length of Italy while the Italian army changes sides.

    Joseph BaconJoseph Bacon24 gün önce
  • Hows about the entire fing history channel (minus oak island i like that) is fired and replaced with: Timeghost and anything else indy nidell touches The armchair historian Mark felton Epic history Kings and generals Oversimplified (theyre funny) The cynical historian Extra history (although each video gets less informative, fact based and more political with them) Atun-shei films (they do some funny civil war related things) Townsends (for food related history) Biographic, Infographic, geographics and everything simon whistler touches History matters Emporor tigerstar timeline world documentries reruns of the great war cody from the alternate history hub Just for a daily line up. Instead of ancient aliens talking about bug people!

    Adam DanbergAdam Danberg24 gün önce
  • hey sorry to be a nit picker, but the raid on termoli wasn't done by the SAS it was done by Royal Marines Commandos of No. 2 and No. 40 commando. these two groups where under what was called at the time 2nd Special Service Brigade (i see the how while researching this you may have got it mixed up) 2nd Special Service Brigade where then renamed 2nd Commando Brigade in 1944. basically all I'm saying is give the Royal Marines some credit man, the SAS weren't involved.

    Mark RMark R28 gün önce
  • 3:26

    ChristopherChristopher29 gün önce
  • Mussolini and the British playing Chess. Mussolini: wait We are playing chess?!

    Mason Mind101Mason Mind101Aylar önce
  • During the Allied landings in Sicily the Napoli and Livorno divisions fought until the last man

    Maurizio IannacconeMaurizio IannacconeAylar önce
  • **Italy joined** **Italy left** I just summed up the whole video for you

    Albert EinsteinAlbert EinsteinAylar önce
  • The story was much simpler than that. The Mafia had a strong influence in Southern Italy, the Americans understood that and sent Lucky Luciano a US Mafia Boss to talk with Mafia Leaders to allow US forces to land in Sicily and then the rest of Southern Italy without any resistance (Which happened), just check de-classified CIA documents for reference. Americans promised to Mafia Bosses that once Italy would be liberated, they will be involved in the new Italian Government (Which happened). So the reason why Italy fell apart so fast was thanks to the Mafia help. That was a masterstroke, that eventually won WW2 for the Allies, as they were now free to focus all the forces on Northenr Europe.

    Steve McqueenSteve McqueenAylar önce
  • Italy europe's soft underbelly: politically, perhaps. Militarily: mmmmmhhhhhh. And the allies did well, who did not find 1 million Italians fighting alongside the Germans, to defend their homes and families.

    Ser Jack lucernSer Jack lucernAylar önce
  • *Things the right says that would be awesome if true:* 5:28

    Jury GalatiJury GalatiAylar önce
  • Mussolini looking like he's in the middle of a heart attack in the thumbnail

    Guns N' GamesGuns N' GamesAylar önce
  • Guy in the thumbnail kinda looks like Kim Jon Un. Besides that, great video!

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  • @Armchair Historian Do you play Call of War? I play as PanzerAttackForce. What is your username, if you have one?

    Anthony EndackAnthony EndackAylar önce
  • I have been living in Italy after being deported a year ago and have been restoring an Old Italian Villa! You can watch my progress here!

    Joe GiudiceJoe GiudiceAylar önce
  • i wonder how mussolini felt after being voted out by his own fascist conucil

    yousef 501styousef 501stAylar önce
  • I keep thinking that the picture in the thumbnail is an adult Bobby Hill

    TheDancingDaimyoTheDancingDaimyoAylar önce
  • Soo Mussolini couldn't revive the roman empire when he had the support of one of the superpowers in WW2.... okay-in all seriousness, nice video man!

    l Empirel EmpireAylar önce
  • *groans in classical latin

    sneksnekitsasneksneksnekitsasnekAylar önce
  • Germany: Were lossing! Italy: YOUR lossing

    Erwin RommelErwin RommelAylar önce
  • imagine losing half a million people only for your country to be eternally remembered as the comic relief of WW2

    Juan JuriJuan JuriAylar önce
  • I'm really enjoying the documentary between the commercials.

    valarvalarAylar önce
  • Italy: We will fight to the last man!.. Ok, so where do I sign?

    Ol' DreäddyOl' DreäddyAylar önce
  • my Great Uncle was a general helping lead the troops up Italy at close to the beginning of the invasion of main land Italy. His jeep hit a land mine flipped and landed on his right leg taking everything off below the knee.

    The deadly piece of cakeThe deadly piece of cakeAylar önce
  • and the us third army.

    Marianne NewellMarianne NewellAylar önce
  • Italy's downfall was that it joined the war.

    Gamer 303Gamer 303Aylar önce
  • Never forget that without the Moroccan soldiers present in Italy the outcome may have been different

    Saad BargachSaad Bargach2 aylar önce
    • If they weren't in Italy the outcome would have been the same, but only without an entire area of central Italy still with its full population

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKingAylar önce
  • Now can u tell me about the battle of surabaya

    Rio Pratama MartinRio Pratama Martin2 aylar önce
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  • Winston Churchill says italy soft under belly of eurpo italy hold my pizza

  • 8:29 se4 san celini island lul

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  • I wouldve love to read the newspaper at 4:59 but Lorem Ispum scrwed me.

    iGamezRoiGamezRo2 aylar önce
  • Mussolini in the thumbnail: NANI!

    Carter GulyasCarter Gulyas2 aylar önce
  • WWII noobs /Sees panzers get wrecked by naval firepower in Italy trying to contest an amphibious landing/: *Yawn* Also WWII noobs: "Nazis could have won if they used Panzers to contest Normandy. Dumb Hitler."

    Engineeringwizard11Engineeringwizard112 aylar önce
  • From the landing in Sicily, which was a total disaster for the americans, they learnt how to properly invade, and they managed to execute the D-Day thanks to the experience acquired. Basically, during the landings in Sicily many soldiers were paratrooped in the wrong places, and the various AA guns dispersed many of the planes. What made them succeed was a difference of equipment. While the Axis, both italians and germans, had their equipment dropped in crates, and it often got lost, the americans carried their equipment on their uniform, so they could be ready to action even if not launched properly. Good video like always

    NonsoloXNonsoloX2 aylar önce
  • You gotta love the classic italian meme of " hold up whos winning the war rn, yeah im on that side now" 🤣

    Jose PenuelasJose Penuelas2 aylar önce
  • I hate to imagine all this serious stuff gave way to morons being able to do Tiktok videos giving away private info to Communist in 2020. Valiant soldiers would be spinning in their grave over what the world is becoming.

    MetalmaTMetalmaT2 aylar önce
  • can anyone tell me why i waved back when griffith waved hello??????????? lmao

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    Gunnar AndersonGunnar Anderson2 aylar önce
  • It was Canadian Armour that punched through Italy... they were just outside of Rome but were told to stand down to give the Americans their propaganda victory parade.

    Euan ReidEuan Reid2 aylar önce
  • WW1 2

    Felipe JaquezFelipe Jaquez2 aylar önce
  • My father severed in the 1st Army Artillery UK a D=Day Dodger had propaganda leaflets dropped on him at Monte Casino by the USA

    Ian MelonieIan Melonie2 aylar önce
  • I knew a man who fought with the British, I think he was in the armored brigade and attached to the 5th Army. He told me a story of when he volunteered to recce an area in front of a bridge, I think it was a mountain area because he was based in a cave over looking the bridge. Every morning he would leave the cave, drive over the bridge held by the allies and park his motorbike near a tree line and to observe for any enemy activity. On this particular day he saw a load of German panzers advancing towards him. He jumped on his bike and headed towards his bridge. Once he got across the bridge he shouted "THE GERMANS ARE COMING!!" and the allies blew the bridge. My friend had a mention in dispatches. Could anyone tell me where this action is likely to have taken place?

    David JonesDavid Jones2 aylar önce
  • I would have done the pre-emptive bombardment to save allied lives.. even if it meant getting a court marshall.

    Apophis 2Apophis 22 aylar önce
  • My goodness... These animations are amazing!

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  • Im always italy in call of war

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  • The thumbnail

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  • Italy may not of mean of soft as thought. But if hadn’t of happened the Nazis wouldn’t of sent troops to Italy and then would of had more to fight the Russians in Eastern European and more in France. Likely making the war longer.

    KSweeney36KSweeney362 aylar önce
  • Good old Sicily, Africas Ra-p e baby

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  • Id like to hear about what happened to Italy after ww2 because it's not covered very often

    Ammazer 122Ammazer 1222 aylar önce
    • @Jussi M. Konttinen Obviously, I was thinking more of France, Germany and the UK as similar examples

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing2 aylar önce
    • @TheCommentaryKing Italy is a NATO country, so a completely different history than, for example, Serbia.

      Jussi M. KonttinenJussi M. Konttinen2 aylar önce
    • Similar to other European countries, but with a bigger internal terrorism problem

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing2 aylar önce
    • Actually, pretty much the same as U.S. history, although less street violence and political unrest since the 1980s.

      Jussi M. KonttinenJussi M. Konttinen2 aylar önce
  • Americans: Italians didn’t like Mussolini Me and most other Italians: lmao no

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  • scp 4217

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  • Allies:* push back Italy in Greece* Mussolini: i sleep Allies: *invade Sicily * Mussolini:Excuse me what da Lasagna¿?

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  • No mention of the Sicilian massacre.

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    • Biscari?

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing2 aylar önce
  • I liked the time ruler you used to explain the dates very creative

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  • How youlld anybody have seen Italy as the soft underbelly of europe? Well, it all started in late october 1940...

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