Downfall of Italy: 1944-1945 (2/2) | 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
    • I love your animations to

      Mason Mind101Mason Mind10127 gün önce
    • Was this video demonitised?

      Kosta KoleKosta Kole28 gün önce
    • Dear armchair in 8 days is a national Day for my country greece so could you please make a video about it?

      quick lord lolquick lord lol2 aylar önce
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    • Make a video for Yugoslavia war please

      SteliosStelios2 aylar önce
  • At least one small mention of Italian partisans! But only because you can't explain Mussolini's death without mentioning them. Which problem does the armchair Historian have with Italian and Yugoslav partisans? I know he's heavily biased in an American exeptionalist and anti communist way. That shows in all his vids about the 20th century. But why not even try to depict history as it really happened? Una mattina mi son svegliato, (Stamattina mi sono alzato) o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! Una mattina mi son svegliato, e ho trovato l’invasor. O partigiano, portami via, o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! O partigiano, portami via, ché mi sento di morir. E se io muoio da partigiano, (E se io muoio su la montagna) o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! E se io muoio da partigiano, (E se io muoio su la montagna) tu mi devi seppellir. E seppellire lassù in montagna, (E tu mi devi seppellire) o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! E seppellire lassù in montagna, (E tu mi devi seppellire) sotto l’ombra di un bel fior. Tutte le genti che passeranno, (E tutti quelli che passeranno) o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! Tutte le genti che passeranno, (E tutti quelli che passeranno) Mi diranno «Che bel fior!» (E poi diranno «Che bel fior!») «È questo il fiore del partigiano», (E questo è il fiore del partigiano) o bella, ciao! bella, ciao! bella, ciao, ciao, ciao! «È questo il fiore del partigiano, (E questo è il fiore del partigiano) morto per la libertà!»

    Max MeggenederMax Meggeneder6 gün önce
  • Guys there's a bear at 4:15

    David BarberanDavid Barberan11 gün önce
  • "was busy dying in the snow" that was hilarious 😂😂😂😂😂

    Jay ReeferJay Reefer18 gün önce
  • 1:09 Personal timestamp

    Marrqi7 winiMarrqi7 wini19 gün önce
  • you should do a vid on the Rzhev Meatgrinder 1942-1943

    Nathaniel KempleNathaniel Kemple23 gün önce
  • The bombing also helped the Germans into building better fortifications in the rubble of Monte Cassino

    Alessandro MorterAlessandro MorterAylar önce
  • Am I the only one who knows who's that bear? 4:13

    Stefan SofronescuStefan SofronescuAylar önce
    • Wojtek

      lemon Grandadlemon GrandadAylar önce
  • He just said castles. ROOKS

    James BernaldJames BernaldAylar önce
  • Sorry I'm late but if you want I can suggest you to do a little video of partigian resistance of Rome. I always thought that was one of the most interesting aspects of our history. Thanks you for the video

    federica boscatofederica boscatoAylar önce
  • I want to create an empire-nice video man!

    l Empirel EmpireAylar önce
  • A cobra vai fumar

    CF gameplayCF gameplayAylar önce
  • What's with the rectangle lol

    Joel PeardJoel PeardAylar önce
  • Next: Italian civil war

    will screwswill screwsAylar önce
    • @will screws oh so the same conflict as this just covering the Italian perspective

      ososmisterososmisterAylar önce
    • @ososmister it was from September 8 1942- May 2 1945. Between the Italian fascist and the Italian Socialist Republic.

      will screwswill screwsAylar önce
    • When did that happen

      ososmisterososmisterAylar önce
  • Uh.....There's a blur box in the middle of the screen?

    TimberwolfeTimberwolfeAylar önce
  • how did they take monte cassino? *smacks lips* WELL THERE WAS THAT ONE POLISH ARTILLERY GROUP WHO HAD A BEAR

    Connor RK800Connor RK800Aylar önce
  • I feel bad for the 5th and 8th Army for being stuck fighting at the same country for 2 years while their counterparts in France were advancing From Normandy to the Elbe in just 9 months.

    Bryan PeraltaBryan PeraltaAylar önce
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    Camilla OrtensiCamilla OrtensiAylar önce
  • This guy, you are so fn annoying. My ears huet.

    Goran RukljačGoran RukljačAylar önce
  • Churchill: Hitttttttttttter’s soft under belly is Italy America: eh, I don’t think so Churchill: YES it is, I need my territory back, I mean so the war will go quicker America: Oh alright........ wait what? Oh nevermind Churchill: Yes my pretties Germany: NIEN, lets just make a defensive postion to defend Germany America: you lied to me Churchill, why? Churchill: Eh, I want my *mumbles* back America: At least German is defeated. Britain: *Gets a new prime minster*

    Alexander The BoldAlexander The BoldAylar önce
  • The Wheelchair Historian

    Reinhard RReinhard RAylar önce
  • Honestly I think the Battle of Italy was kinda necessary since it is a enemy area

    Tanner RuggTanner RuggAylar önce
  • Nothing about the Hitler Line...

    Cloudy MoneyCloudy MoneyAylar önce
  • I never realized how much Field Marshal Kesselring looks like Rudy Giuliani...

    Penguins2223Penguins2223Aylar önce
  • Кто нибудь сделайте русские субтитры!

    Almir:3Almir:3Aylar önce
  • How to fix a problem the kessering way, That problem exists, go behind that problem

    MuchampMuchampAylar önce
  • You said something about Kesselring invented a chess maneuvre. Was it fun or real? Havn't found anything about it.

    Michael HejnaMichael HejnaAylar önce
  • With all do respect isn't the colisum a tourist attraction in Rome please till me if I am wrong

    Adam HadiaAdam HadiaAylar önce
    • The Coloseum is an old Roman building that today is a tourist attraction

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKingAylar önce
  • 4:14 There is a our polish bear on the left

    Dastan BputraDastan BputraAylar önce
  • With all the chess starts of the video I’m surprised this wasn’t sponsored by Queens Gambit and Netflix with how popular that show has been since it came out

    spencer sssspencer sssAylar önce
  • that was very interessting! thank you, Danke, Grazie :)

    EnkaMexiEnkaMexiAylar önce
  • The famous bear Wojtek of Polish Anders' army is visible in 4:11 :) nice touch!

    SkibolecSkibolec2 aylar önce
  • Hey hanz, what are ze enemies doing over zere, zey look busy Hanz:Ja zey are busy dying in ze snow

    ArieDeBeruchteBouwmanBevruchterArieDeBeruchteBouwmanBevruchter2 aylar önce
  • Dam in both world wars Italy betrayed their allies

    Mocte ZumaMocte Zuma2 aylar önce
    • It actually didn't

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKingAylar önce
  • 6:20 what's blurred

    Muhtasim FuadMuhtasim Fuad2 aylar önce
  • Why was the decision to dig in considered weird? Judging from the map he was still a long way from flanking the enemy and linking up with friendly forces. If he attempted any kind of assault wouldn't it leave his rear wide open and his supply lines cut easily? His decision to disobey orders and go to Rome was undoubtedly stupid tho

    Numero_Uno_ LoserNumero_Uno_ Loser2 aylar önce
  • 4:13 why do i see wojtek?

    captain abicaptain abi2 aylar önce
  • 5:30 song?

    DOM _INATORDOM _INATOR2 aylar önce
  • the co-belligerant army, the italian soldiers trained by british soldiers

    Riccardo ScheggiaRiccardo Scheggia2 aylar önce
    • @TheCommentaryKing sorry :)

      Riccardo ScheggiaRiccardo ScheggiaAylar önce
    • Mostly equipped, not trained

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKingAylar önce
  • What is it with great WW2 Generals getting fucked over by car accidents...

    Alejandro RojasAlejandro Rojas2 aylar önce
  • Congrats on 900k subs!!

    Jayden KwanJayden Kwan2 aylar önce
  • The Indian regiment only decided to participate because of the promise of independence which didn't happen as the British colonialist had promised them

    False Pastors, Preachers, Prophets Exposed!False Pastors, Preachers, Prophets Exposed!2 aylar önce
  • griffin you absolute sell-out, can you not go one video without subjecting us to meaningless ads, even a part 2?

    A Brit in SaigonA Brit in Saigon2 aylar önce
  • 4:15 This moment when you're just private and polish bear is corporal.

    Krzyszof MazurKrzyszof Mazur2 aylar önce
  • Something I have never understood about WW2 is how the Germans had the man power to fight so many nations at once. It seems like as many fronts as they were engaged in they should have had tons of holes but on every front they fought to a stalemate at least. How did Germany field so much many power as to oppose all the allied forces at once for as long as they did? Was their mobilization rate higher than other countries in WW2?

    Max YoungMax Young2 aylar önce
  • one day in the Future the Word "Stalingrad" means a ruble city destroyed by conflict

    GKM GingerGKM Ginger2 aylar önce
  • If you have any DECENCY, you'll use TRvision's blur tool and cover UP that horrific, gruesome, SICK scene of filth and terror from about 6:02 mark to 6:20, right there in the middle of the screen. No war atrocity can justify such a depiction--we DEMAND you add a blurred BOX to cover it up! And to make sure it doesn't ruin the mood, make the box kind of the same color as the fog and stuff around it. You know, like a square lens covered in Vaseline. DON'T LET US SEE THE MIDDLE! (God, the thought of how the troops could just walk by that ABOMINATION, pretending they don't see it/her/them, even as it travels to the Apennine Mountains on the path ahead of them, chills me to the bone.)

    D. M. CollinsD. M. Collins2 aylar önce
    • AMAZING video otherwise! :)

      D. M. CollinsD. M. Collins2 aylar önce
  • What's with the censor bar?

    HappymartinHappymartin2 aylar önce
  • 6:03 why is that box there?

    Some DoodSome Dood2 aylar önce
  • 6:00 - 6:20 what's with the blurred squat?

    ChaseChase2 aylar önce

    El ArmiñoEl Armiño2 aylar önce
  • Italy never falls, just leans a bit.

    A pigeonA pigeon2 aylar önce
  • How about a video on the 1971 Liberation war of Bangladesh A war for freedom of language

    Banefus GomesBanefus Gomes2 aylar önce
  • 6:03 am I seeing this correctly? Or is that a blur square in the middle of the screen?

    teodorogeraldteodorogerald2 aylar önce
    • i watched this video really early and there was a small message there saying something he said around that timestamp was a "joke" to something

      SkitSkit2 aylar önce
    • yes you are

      SkitSkit2 aylar önce
  • Do life in a concentration camp

    Pete MondzelewskiPete Mondzelewski2 aylar önce
  • Make a animated history of 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war //

    Mehmet KarahanlıMehmet Karahanlı2 aylar önce
  • Make a animated history of 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war

    Mehmet KarahanlıMehmet Karahanlı2 aylar önce
  • When ever I saw Anzio in this video: A short man from Texas A man of the wild Thrown into combat Where bodies lie piled

    DOOMGUY 420DOOMGUY 4202 aylar önce
  • Wow, your content has come a long way since your earlier videos.

    Alien FromMarsAlien FromMars2 aylar önce
  • Do more ancient history

  • Can you do french colonization of Africa

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  • Can u make a video about Romania. That would be interesting

    Gabriel CristacheGabriel Cristache2 aylar önce
  • Can you do life in Italian occupied Albania? I want to see how life was like in my country in Italian occupation 🇦🇱🇦🇱🇦🇱

    Shadow The IndoraptorShadow The Indoraptor2 aylar önce
  • Like the reference of wojket 4:14

    The Epic HamsterThe Epic Hamster2 aylar önce
  • 30years war would be very nice i think like for a video about the 30 years war

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  • Can you do an episode over the French Invasion of Mexico?

    Walter FieldingWalter Fielding2 aylar önce
  • The Armchair Historian Can you make a video about the Yugoslav partisans?

    Vuk PopovicVuk Popovic2 aylar önce
  • *You didn't mention the battle of Rimini that was one of the hardest battles of Eighth Army.* The fighting was comparable to El Alamein, Mareth and the Gustav Line (Monte-Cassino). It happened during the operation Olive and had no British or American soldiers included. It was 1st Canadian Infantry Division, the 2nd New Zealand Infantry Division and the 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade that fought against the 1st paratrooper Nazi Regiment and soldiers of the Turkestan Nazi Legion. After the battle, 98% of buildings in Rimini were destroyed which had been hit previously by 373 air raids, and allies fired 1,470,000 rounds against it. On the morning of 21 September the 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade reached the city centre and raised the Greek flag on the balcony of the municipal building. At 21 September the mayor unconditionally surrendered the city to the 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade with an official protocol that is written in Greek, English and Italian. The actions of the Greek brigade during the battle earned it the honorific title "Rimini Brigade". We should also not forget that many other countries fought with big numbers in this campaign including France, India, Poland, South Africa and of course the 3 countries I mentioned in the battle of Rimini.

    Vla FVla F2 aylar önce
  • The armchain historian can you bring the Italian co-belligere army?

    sebastiano mascherpasebastiano mascherpa2 aylar önce
  • Could you do a video on the mongol empire?

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