Vittorio Ambrosio

Vittorio Ambrosio

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Vittorio Ambrosio (July 28, 1879 – November 19, 1958) was an Italian general who served in the Italo-Turkish War, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, Ambrosio served an instrumental role in the fall of Benito Mussolini and the eventual Italian renunciation of its alliance with Germany.

Before World War II

Ambrosio was a native of Turin.

He started his military career as in 1896 when he joined the Military School of Modena; in the early 20th century he was named officier in the cavalry. During the Tripolitanian war, which lasted until 1912, he served with the rank of Tenente in regiment Cavaleggeri di Lucca. In World War I he served as a divisional until after World War I when he was promoted to Commander of the Second Army which was located on the Yugoslav border in 1939.

World War II

Ambrosio's early actions in World War II, included leading the Italian offensive in Yugoslavia in 1941. In January 1942, he was promoted to Chief of Staff and later appointed Chief of Staff of the general armed forces for the Italian Army in February 1943.

As Chief of Staff, Ambrosio planned to return Italian troops from Ukraine and the Balkans.<!--wwitc6--> In May 1943 after a devastating loss at Tunis and the Allied invasion of Sicily...
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