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What was the soft underbelly of Europe?

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July 09, 2010 11:37PM

Italy. In World War II, Churchill thought he could keep casualties down by attacking Germany through the 'soft underbelly' of Italy rather than the cross-channel invasion through France advocated by both the Americans and Canadians. Remember, Britain lost nearly a million men in World War I. As it was, Italy was still a difficult and costly campaign.