By Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi
This robust learn bargains a brilliant and sometimes anxious account of the Italian army's profession of Slovenia in the course of global battle II. It strikes from the choice of the Italians to annex Slovenia in 1941, via neighborhood resistance and brutal response opposed to civilians, to the army's final cave in following Italy's defection from the Axis.
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Additional resources for The Italian Army in Slovenia: Strategies of Antipartisan Repression, 1941–1943
38 The general then asserted that “the idea that spurred on the principal agitators . . ”39 Various historians have taken up this interpretation. 43 Even though it was not yet particularly dangerous, the activity of the Slovenian Resistance worried the Italian authorities. 44 In the summer of 1941, secret reports of the Italian information services began to indicate stubborn hostility on the part of the Slovenians, who did not seem particularly content to have been “colonized” by the new Roman legions.
The Second Army was made up of the Fifth and Eleventh Army Corps. The Fifth Army Corps had, under it, the Sassari, Bergamo, and Lombardia divisions, while the Eleventh Army Corps, under the command of General Mario Robotti, was formed of the Re and Isonzo divisions. There were few clashes and already by April 11 the Italians had their first successes with the occupation of Logatec and Sussak. On the same day, General Mario Roatta (at the time head of the army general staff), in a lightning strike, entered Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, with two platoons of motorcyclists, in order to take the city before the Germans did.
13 From June 22—so the text begins, which Tone Ferenc dates to the end of November 1941—there had been, among other things, 69 attacks against garrisons or isolated soldiers, “followed by the ferocious murder, the wounding, or the capture of officers and soldiers,” 28 attacks on the railway lines, 39 interruptions of the telegraph lines, 2 attacks on “works of art,” and 15 homicides or attempted homicides of Slovenian collaborators. The political center of the revolt was Ljubljana, where university professors and intellectuals directed the movement, while the guerrilla bands were scattered outside of the city, principally on Mount Krim.
The Italian Army in Slovenia: Strategies of Antipartisan Repression, 1941–1943 by Amedeo Osti Guerrazzi