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  • #46
    Originally posted by The Purist View Post
    Already done, you just don't like the facts.

    German refusal to risk pushing France into the British camp came up again during the north African campaign. The Italians wanted to force the French to allow the use of Tunis and other Tunisian ports to ease the lack of port capacity. Hitler vetoed the suggestion. Hitler was not going to permit any distraction to his his plans for the campaign in the east and for this he needed a supportive/neutral/pacified Vichy France.

    Italy was a flank guard, the Mediterranean a strategic dead end for the Germans.
    You have produced no evidence what so ever that Hitler turned down Italian demands for territory.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by The Purist View Post
      Already done, you just don't like the facts.

      German refusal to risk pushing France into the British camp came up again during the north African campaign. The Italians wanted to force the French to allow the use of Tunis and other Tunisian ports to ease the lack of port capacity. Hitler vetoed the suggestion. Hitler was not going to permit any distraction to his his plans for the campaign in the east and for this he needed a supportive/neutral/pacified Vichy France.

      Italy was a flank guard, the Mediterranean a strategic dead end for the Germans.
      Italy also ran their operations seperately of Germany to a very large degree. Cooperation was often minimal and Italian forces were usually only nominally under German control.
      It is no stretch to see Italy staying neutral and out of the war in the early years beyond Mussolini wanting to expand his colonial possessions.

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