Armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces

Armistice Between Italy And Allied Armed Forces

Armistice between Italy and Allied armed forces

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The Armistice with Italy was an armistice signed on September 3 and publicly declared on September 8, 1943, during World War II, between Italy and the Allied armed forces, who were then occupying the southern end of the country, entailing the capitulation of Italy. It is also referred to in Italy as the Armistizio di Cassibile (from the place in which it was signed) or the Armistizio dell'8 Settembre (more simply 8 Settembre).

Background

Following the 1942 defeat of the Axis Powers in North Africa, the Allies bombed Rome on Sunday May 16, 1943, invaded Sicily on July 10 and began to land on the Italian mainland on September 3, 1943.

In the spring of 1943, preoccupied by the disastrous situation of the Italian military in the war, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini removed from their positions in the Italian government several figures whom he considered to be more faithful to King Victor Emmanuel than to the Fascist regime. These moves by Benito Mussolini were described as slightly hostile acts to the king, who had been growing increasingly critical of the poor conduct of Italy in the conflict.

To help carry out his plan, the King asked for the assistance of Dino Grandi. Grandi was one of the leading members of the Fascist hierarchy and, in his younger years, he was considered to be the sole credible alternative to Mussolini as leader of the Fascist Party. The King was also motivated by the suspicion that Grandi's ideas about Fascism might be changed abruptly. Various...
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