ITALY: Working, Breeding, Enduring

Italy had amassed all the necessary ingredients for a first-class revolution. The war effort continued apathetic, ineffectual and, to many Italians, completely senseless. Favored Fascist bigwigs prospered from wartime grafts. Benito Mussolini lost additional face as Nazi officials took over key posts in vital ministries. Inflation increased. The tightened food-rationing system reeled along under the weight of flagrant violations. Military morale, ever feeble, ebbed to a new low as the British Army pushed into Libya (see p. 19).

The ingredients were there, but the will to combine and ignite them was...

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