Mussolini’s War Volume 2: Apotheosis


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The much-anticipated Volume 2 of the Mussolini’s War series is finally here!

Propaganda masquerading as standard history comprises the vast majority of books released by mainstream publishers about World War II, until de- liberate lies become assumed, incontrovertible “facts” in the public mind. This monolithic, Soviet-style regimentation of the past is vitally necessary for the deceptive Powers That Be, because their entire world is built upon it.

The merest skepticism can bring their whole fabrication crashing to the ground. Accordingly, contrary researchers are either dismissed without examination of their critical evidence—however well documented—as “lunatic, fringe theorists” or silenced. What, for example, would happen to their Temple of Deceit, if word spread that Benito Mussolini created a society that, compared to the West’s presently disintegrating dystopia, was the modern model of a well-ordered, at- tractive, uplifting, crime-free and individually free civilization? How might 21st-century students of history react once they learn that his East African nemesis—Haile Selassie, today lionized by their liberal-Marxist teachers— quite literally sold off half of his own country to Standard Oil, thereby becoming the wealthiest slave owner on Earth? How would they regard Mussolini’s better-remembered enemy, after discovering that Winston Churchill ex- claimed, “If I were an Italian, I would proudly wear a black shirt! I am all for Fascism in Italy”?

So, too, the ongoing caricature of Mussolini’s servicemen as laughable buffoons is put paid by one of his leading aviators, Ettore Muti, whose 1,450-mile bomber attack against British petroleum refineries in Bahrain stranded Royal Navy warships throughout the Mediterranean Theater for months. His earlier raids on fuel-oil dumps in Palestine had similarly immobilized England’s sea power, enabling the safe passage of Italian troop and supply convoys to North Africa. They went on to conquer Somaliland after subjecting British forces to a second “Dunkirk.” Another Italian airman, Giuseppe Cenni, sank and disabled more than a dozen enemy vessels, including a destroyer and submarine. On August 2, 1943, six Fascist interceptors challenged more than three times as many American fighters, destroying half-a-dozen of them for the loss of a single Italian aircraft.

The previous August, 2,500 troops of the Red Army 812th Siberian Infantry Regiment on the Eastern Front near Isbushenski were routed by history’s last cavalry charge, undertaken by Italy’s Savoia Cavalry Regiment. During the battle for Crete, a pair of small, Italian motorboats destroyed HMS York, at 10,790 tons, the largest capital ship in the Aegean. Other innovative, downsized vessels operated by Mussolini’s navy were human torpedoes, each manned by a pair of sailors. In December 1941, they boldly sank HMS Valiant and Queen Elizabeth at the battleships’ moorings in Alexandria, Egypt.

These are just some of the victorious exploits carried out by branches of the Italian armed forces, as described for the first time in Apotheosis, Volume 2 of Mussolini’s War. It views Italy’s participation within the context of its industrial disadvantage. For example, her total production for the entire war amounted to approximately 3,500 tanks, less than all those used by the German Army in 1940’s invasion of France. Britain mass-produced 27,528 tanks between 1939 and 1945.

When Mussolini’s declared war on the Western Allies in June 1940, his country produced 4.4 mega- tons of coal to Britain’s 224.3 megatons; 1.2 megatons of iron ore against Britain’s 17.7 megatons; and 2.1 megatons of steel for Britain’s 21.5 megatons. Disparities in crude oil were even more extreme. Given such fundamental disadvantages in natural resources, the numerical superiority additionally possessed in virtually all engagements by the Allies and, most decisive of all, their eventual cracking of Axis military codes, that Fascist Italy was able to not only sustain five years of unremitting combat, but to score significant victories against overwhelming enemy forces right up until the last days of World War II testifies to her terrific fighting spirit and human resilience.

Against this perspective, enduring propaganda portrayals of Italian ineptitude and cowardice are shattered. Combined with Volume 1: The Triumphant Years, Mussolini’s War amounts to a fundamental revision in the history of that global conflict and its modern repercussions. Mussolini’s War: Apotheosis—Volume 2 of the Mussolini’s War two-volume set (316 pages, #889, $27 minus 10% for TBR subscribers plus $5 S&H inside the U.S.) is available from TBR, P.O. Box 550, White Plains, MD 20695. Call 1-877-773-9077 toll free to charge, Mon.-Thu. 9-4:30 ET.