Why was Italy so Ineffective in WWII? | Animated History

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    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair Historian2 yıl önce
    • the Italian military and it's 'martial tradition' have been utterly incompetent since the birth of Italy - A nation of waiters and posers (Italian WW1 quote)

      Super Yacht ChefSuper Yacht ChefAylar önce
    • AÄ aalund

      PeterV MussiPeterV Mussi2 aylar önce
    • @Sterling Archer Hear Hear! An educated man everybody! Read his comment thoroughly!

      Johnny TrashJohnny Trash7 aylar önce
    • @꧂Oddish꧂ Totally not.

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  • Italians invaded Greece and handed over their authority to Germany when they couldn't handle it themselves, so that they now pretend to have delegated their responsibility as well ...

    Daniel DanhieuxDaniel Danhieux13 saatler önce
  • Simple Answer: Never Let Teachers Become Fascist Leaders like Mussolini

  • Forced to fight for fascists'! Yeah, I think I better play along for a while and keep my head down...Commies in the White House! Yeah, I think I better play along for a while and keep my head down...

    Vinn ArtaighVinn ArtaighGün önce
  • "the Italians soldiers were lions led by sheep"

  • sounds like a normal playthrough as German Reich no resources...check lack of industry...BIG CHECK lack of equipment...why do you even need rifles? Brash Leadership...because obviously you attack lvl 10 forts duh

    Alan GaoAlan Gao3 gün önce
  • The M1891 Carcano was a good rifle when made by Italy but the Carcano made by Mannlicher was a very poor postwar copy.

    Michael McKinnonMichael McKinnon3 gün önce
  • Il Duce means The Duke

    Michael McKinnonMichael McKinnon3 gün önce
  • Their tanks and most of their aircraft were obsolete at the beginning of WWII

    Michael McKinnonMichael McKinnon3 gün önce
  • 999k almost a mil

    Unluckynoob6Unluckynoob64 gün önce
  • Well you almost touched on the real real reason Italy failed, namely the the population did not want war, did not support Mussolini and did not support fascism. The north of Italy was almost entirely against Mussolini, anyone with more than one male in the household had to send one of the males (sons or fathers withing a particular age) to join the fascists or risk loosing home and property. Once in the military they were in no mood to fight anyone preferring capture by British and American forces to risking their lives for something they did not believe in.

    max nexmax nex4 gün önce
  • The Italian stuff was so effective it only worked on Italians

    historic knives guyhistoric knives guy4 gün önce
  • It’s because they used all their skill points and research on the Roman Empire which didn’t work

    Veronica PenaVeronica Pena5 gün önce
  • Essentially, they were in the Castle Age during the Post Imperial Age end game

    Manuel BarroManuel Barro6 gün önce
  • At least they didn't surrender like france in 1 month

    nikhil hembromnikhil hembrom6 gün önce
  • People who lives in Italy: Understandable

    Tina MuchahariTina Muchahari6 gün önce
  • Om:italy itu hebat Me:what, seriously?

    Kamerad Sobek Roti63Kamerad Sobek Roti637 gün önce
  • Modern italians are arbs

    G UberG Uber9 gün önce
    • Nope

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • Karl Fairburn had an easy job in Sniper elite 4 Italia I must say. 😉

    Cor du RoyCor du Roy10 gün önce
  • *Take over Ethiopia, they said.* *You'll control the whole of Africa in no time, they said.*

    ShayShay11 gün önce
  • They were the soft underbelly of Europe

    Alpha RaccAlpha Racc11 gün önce
    • They never were

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • Its 3am and Hitlers asleep in his official residence. An aide rushes in and shouts "Mein Fuhrer please get up!" Hitler startled cries out "Whats wrong?" Aide says "Mein Fuhrer, the Italians have declared war!" Hitler yawns and says "Is that all? We will just send down a couple of divisions,that should take care of them. Now let me sleep" Aide says "No mein Fuhrer the Italians have declared war against our enemies!" Hitler leaps out of bed shouting"Mein Gott, that is serious! Call all my Generals and tell them to come here rightaway!"

    Thomas ThomasThomas Thomas12 gün önce
    • Overused joke

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • At 8:16 it made me laugh

    Gabriel CGabriel C13 gün önce
  • Among the great misconceptions of modern times is the assumption that Benito Mussolini was Hitler's junior partner, who made no significant contributions to the Second World War. That conclusion originated with Allied propagandists determined to boost Anglo-American morale, while undermining Axis cooperation. The Duce's failings, real or imagined, were inflated and ridiculed; his successes pointedly demeaned or ignored. Italy's bungling navy, ineffectual army - as cowardly as it was ill-equipped - and air force of antiquated biplanes were handily dealt with by the Western Allies. So effective was this disinformation campaign that it became post-war history, and is still generally taken for granted even by otherwise well-informed scholars and students of World War Two. But a closer examination of recently disclosed, and often neglected, original source materials presents an entirely different picture. They shine new light, for example, on Italy's submarine service, the world's greatest in terms of tonnage, its boats sinking nearly three-quarters of a million tons of Allied shipping in three years' time. During a single operation, Italian 'human torpedoes' sank the battleships HMS Valiant and Queen Elizabeth, plus an eight-thousand-ton tanker, at their home anchorage in Alexandria, Egypt. By mid-1942, Mussolini's navy had fought its way back from crushing defeats to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean Sea. Contrary to popular belief, his Fiat biplanes gave as good as they got in the Battle of Britain, and their monoplane replacements, such as the Macchi Greyhound, were state-of-the-art interceptors superior to the American Mustang. Savoia-Marchetti Sparrowhawk bombers accounted for seventy-two Allied warships and one hundred-ninety-six freighters before the Bagdolio armistice in 1943. On 7 June 1942, infantry of the Italian X Corps saved Rommel's XV Brigade near Gazala, in North Africa, from otherwise certain annihilation, while horse-soldiers of the Third Cavalry Division Amedeo Duca d'Aosta defeated Soviet forces on the Don River before Stalingrad the following August in history's last cavalry charge. Frank Joseph, Mussolini’s War, Fascists Italy’s Military Struggles from Africa and Western Europe to the Mediterranean and Soviet Union 1935 - 1945.

    Rino BellissimoRino Bellissimo13 gün önce
  • Yep; these are pretty much the key reasons as to why Italy struggled so mightily (to say the least) throughout much of WW2: largely, relatively lackluster leadership, command, and officership; limited technology and industrial capacity; and not great quality of forces, generally.

    Greg HolmanGreg Holman14 gün önce
  • Because they are Italian

    CrackMonkeyCrackMonkey14 gün önce
    • So original

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  • Next video: "why was uk so ineffective in ww2 before american intervention?".

    Vittorio RomaniVittorio Romani15 gün önce
  • Italy didn't loose they merely failed to win

    General_ CharlieGeneral_ Charlie16 gün önce
  • Never invite italy to be in your side on a war. You know what's gonna happen.

    Alguem ꤶAlguem ꤶ16 gün önce
    • Like the Entente in WW1?

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • I always thought Ill duce was Italian for the douche.

    Bad HombreBad Hombre16 gün önce
  • Seems like out of the three Axis Powers,Germany was the only one who have the power to fight on several fronts,in Europe,and well Italy is also a great part of them as their moral support I think,

    Jrd CtrlJrd Ctrl17 gün önce
  • they spent their skill by upgrading the "roman empire tier" rather than upgrading into an another tier

    MarkYuri PHMarkYuri PH17 gün önce
  • Why Mussolini looks like Elon Musk?

    Alex SmithAlex Smith18 gün önce
  • One of their greatest failures is that Italy couldn't conquer Greece a nation that given moment were even more subjected to shortages and lack of machinery...and despite being severely outnumbered Greek troops fended off Italians...to the point that they were forced to look for help from the Nazis

    PatsaRulesPatsaRules18 gün önce
  • I'm greek I say people think that war is good it is like criticise them war offers nothing little entertainment maybe big ambitions lead to disaster they came here also our ancestors played the war game and they both died in mountains of Albania war game is good entertainment but sport games are better I like the graphic video the cartoons are ok

  • I'm glad we loose it , i don't want to speak german

    Vittorio GirardiVittorio Girardi19 gün önce
  • The British too were also deprived of modern equipment after the pacifist attitude that pravailed in the 1920s and 1930s. It's tanks were for the most part little better than the Italian and there were fewer of them. The RAF too were flying older planes in North and East Africa and the Royal Nave had WWI era battleships. The fact is that the Italians were eager to fight Arabs and Africans, but quickly surrendered when faced with British Empire troops which could fight back. Try to excuse the facts as much as you like, but the pictures of thousands of Italians surrendering to a handful oif British says it all. NO WILL TO FIGHT

    bill ballbusterbill ballbuster19 gün önce
    • You start with a good analysis but quickly fall for the typical British made myths regarding Italians. A shame really, and a bit hypocritical considering how many British surrendered both in France and in South East Asia (Singapore rings any bell?)

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • Even Roman Empire can shoot catapult better than Modern Italian shooting artillery in WW2

    Mr Bean From VietNamMr Bean From VietNam20 gün önce
    • Doubt

      TheCommentaryKingTheCommentaryKing3 gün önce
  • Because Captain Corelli played his mandolin poorly.

    Adrian ChannelleAdrian Channelle20 gün önce
  • Americans love to think in war everybody else is bad, but them.

    Gus BrunsonGus Brunson20 gün önce
  • " Legs are shaking, mama's spaghetti. " --- American poet

    Porchen HundPorchen Hund21 gün önce
  • Video based on videogame, common sense and just some historic "learning", such a joke, no actual military, operational or technical analysis

    TheoTheo22 gün önce
    • Stay away from his videos, they're crap. lies and memes, he and his buddies are here only to sell their equally crap VPN.

      John VentoJohn Vento9 gün önce
  • It bothers me that the armchair historian doesn't sit in an armchair.

    His Holiness Pope Julius II.His Holiness Pope Julius II.24 gün önce
    • He sits on the toilet looks down and sees his brain floating

      John VentoJohn Vento9 gün önce
  • But the food is good, so the Allies forgave them.

    jl smithjl smith24 gün önce
  • Dislikes Is From Italian

    NavoetsiNavoetsi24 gün önce
  • A few points:. 1 italy invaded Ethiopia and Germany had to bail them before they were thrown back into the sea. They were up against primitive farmers with farm tools. 2. Italy probably wasn't nearly as nationalistic as Germany probably because they weren't insulted as a people the way Germans were at the conclusion of WW I - in two words VERSAILLES TREATY. 3. Despite italy's mistakes in WW II they are excellent craftsmen... Ferrari, Lamborghini, Sistine Chapel... Rome, Florence, Venice.

    S StritmatterS Stritmatter25 gün önce
    • Italy coquered Ethiopia in 1935-36. The Germans helped the Italians in 1941 in Greece.

  • How many gears has an Italian tank? You know the rest

    pratprat26 gün önce
    • It's a joke, hope you have enough sense not to take it seriously.

  • Italy didn't deport Jews in the territories they controlled until they surrendered to Germany in 1943. To think how many lives could've been saved if they didn't. However, there would've been alot more Italian casualties.

    T BlueT Blue26 gün önce
  • Lol to see an army that worse than ROC' NRA.

    Marshal Yuèyǐng /SDC24Marshal Yuèyǐng /SDC2426 gün önce
  • Spaghetti memes

    I quick-scoped JFKI quick-scoped JFK27 gün önce
  • Round bullets my only answer

    Bite-size HistoryBite-size History28 gün önce
  • Italy wasn't ready for a war, if they joined in 1943 they would had a biggest chance to win.

    MasterChief on YoutubeMasterChief on Youtube28 gün önce
  • Germany: ok guys lets talk about this plan now , Japan: ok im in , Italy: eee anyonaa wantaa cakeaa i madea iz gooddd ??

    New Earth AriseNew Earth Arise28 gün önce
  • Basically Italy was a noob

    3amo pr3amo pr29 gün önce
  • "Ill Douche" heh... better name for him

    d0nKsTaHd0nKsTaH29 gün önce
  • the Italian soldiers were excellent and courageous and there are no doubts about this while the officers were bad, ok, but the others were certainly no better ... the German officers completely mistaken the plans to attack Russia: one of the most obvious mistakes in history ..the British officers showed their full inability and amateurism in dunkirk .. the French officers were the worst: they thought that the ww1 tactics were valid also in 1939 .. so the Italian officers were no worse than the others

    PrincepsPrincepsAylar önce
  • The italians wouldnt have to retake former roman territory since they already layed wreckage to europe several times in history

    Ninja on Strike /CSNinja on Strike /CSAylar önce
  • not many people know that Mussolini DIT NOT militarise the country... his government actually spent less on the military than they did before.

    Gio QGio QAylar önce
  • I am offended...the Italians had some of the best uniforms...that was an achievement

    Rusty KiltRusty KiltAylar önce
    • fashion is important

      chiara schiara sAylar önce
  • Invade Greece now for the Italy

    Daily Life with SteveDaily Life with SteveAylar önce
  • I certainly don't think Italian soldiers, sailors and airmen were lacking for courage, they simply weren't equipped or led to in a way that could effectively fight the war they'd joined. And I honestly can't blame them for not wanting to. If I recall Rommel spoke quite highly of Italian troops under his command, rather than Italian command. :P

    Bill Nye the Russian SpyBill Nye the Russian SpyAylar önce
  • well it's Italy duh

    That One Fefe BoyThat One Fefe BoyAylar önce
  • Italy wasn't ineffective. Italy successfully won all of its fights besides the ones that were against Greece. Italy successfully invaded Egypt, France, Yugoslavia, Ethiopia and many more. The only defeat they had was in Greece.. The Greeks made many operations with their special forces and won both Germany and Italy forces. (In Santorini, Simi, and many many more) (Not talking about the Greco Italian war only, since there Greece won every single battle). Respect to Greece! Italy was very powerful tho, Greece was just good organized and had a good army..

    MMAylar önce
  • Still incompetent tel today not learning they past’s mistakes Look at them They are literally repeating history and they shall be destroyed this time by the EAST

    Crypto ManCrypto ManAylar önce
    • Totally false. you give no facts to back up what you say.

  • I would argue Germany is the worst Ally

    Sherman FireflySherman FireflyAylar önce
  • Wow, it's worse than I thought.

    JagHammer 2.0JagHammer 2.0Aylar önce
  • “ NEWLY ADOPTED CARCANO rifles being exchanged for old WWI rifles”...... you mean the same carcano rifle design they used since 1891?... now I’m doubting the historic accuracy of this video.

    slipjoint guyslipjoint guyAylar önce
    • I think they are referring to the Modello 1938 in the Carcano series, an upgrade from the Modello 1891 or M91 of the same series. Probably meant to say newly designed or something of the sort.

      Tommy DoeZ!!!Tommy DoeZ!!!8 gün önce
    • Because of lack of industrialization, newer weapon have quality issue in mass producing line. It was not only ww1 carcano they use, but ANY ww1 weapon in their inventory have better quality than their issued weapon. Logistic for that mixed bullet calibre sure was hell...

      fadhli179fadhli17924 gün önce
  • Great channel!

    Kevin WarnerKevin WarnerAylar önce
  • Did not want to fight .

    Julio HolderJulio HolderAylar önce
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