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What impact did World War 2 have on Italy?

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2008-07-27 08:27:39

0.3 million Italian military personnel were killed or missing.

There were bombing raids before the Allied invasion (September

1943). Most of the civilian casualties and destruction occurred,

however, after the Allied invasion. Much of this occurred in

connection with Allied assaults on German positions. The Germans

set up a series of defensive lines as the Allies pushed then north.

The Allies to minimize battlefield losses would use their

superiority in artillery and air power to heavily shell German

positions. As a result of the inaccuracy of aerial bombing at the

time, large areas around or near German positions including tows

and villages were destroyed. The result was an Italy with large

areas devastated by the War. About 70,000 civilians were killed.

Such numbers while a tragedy were relatively small compared to

other countries devastated by the War. The physical damage in

Italy, however, was very substantial. Many towns and villages were

heavily damaged or completely destroyed. One estimate suggests that

about 10 percent of the physical plant of Italy was destroyed in

the fighting.


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