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PostBritain Was NEVER Alone in WWII (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 06/09/21 4:11 am)
Please stop with the silly tale of Britain going it alone in WWII.
Britain could count on the armies of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, India, Canada, Greece, volunteers from France Libre, plus the Serbian Chetniks, later betrayed in favor of Tito's criminal Communists, Polish aviators, etc.
Add to this a bunch of soldiers from the other colonies, including some French. Just give a look at a globe of 1941 and you will see that the red of the British Empire is the dominant color. As just one example, in 1945 the Indian Army in Britain's service had 2.5 million personnel.
What is wrong with "revisionism"? History is continuous revisionism. Otherwise, it is only what the victors had propagated with their Psychological Warfare Departments, and if enforced by law it is really a religion defended by a new inquisition.
Another topic: Today the Italian Army has withdrawn from Afghanistan after 20 years of useless war and 52 deaths for nothing. The Italian republic--lay democratic and antifascist, born from the resistance, formed by the constitution derived from an imposed Peace Treaty--has participated in too many useless and/or self-defeating wars starting with Congo 1961 (Kindu), Lebanon, Somalia, Serbia, Iraq (twice) Egypt, Sudan, Libya, etc. Presently, Italian troops are in the above places and in many others, plus the Italian Navy is patrolling east and west of Africa against terrorists and pirates (the involvement of said ships is however correct).
The Empire has required Italian troops on the Russian borders (sic) and Navy ships in the Indo-Pacific areas, but so far the ships have not yet moved.
Article 11 of the Italian constitution, said to be the most wonderful in the world, states: "Italy repudiates war as an instrument of offense to the liberty of other peoples and as a means to solve international controversies."
JE comments: Point well taken: it's a dramatic narrative, but the perception of a scrappy little island single-handedly facing down the Nazi juggernaut prior to June 1941 is quite an overstatement. We also need to take into account the massive material support from the US after March of that year.
It's been a very long time since WAIS focused on Afghanistan--the longest war in history for the US and its allies. The bill has been around $1 trillion. Now that US involvement is winding down, what were the achievements, if any? Lessons learned... if any?
Two eternal truisms of military history: don't invade Russia, and stay the heck out of Afghanistan.