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Browned Off and Bloody-MindedThe British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945$
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Alan Allport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170757

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170757.001.0001

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Come to Sunny Italy

Come to Sunny Italy

(p.151) Chapter 8 Come to Sunny Italy
Browned Off and Bloody-Minded

Alan Allport

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the invasion of Italy by British and American troops during the Second World War. The conflict in Italy exposed, as no other campaign of the war would quite so starkly, the moral ambiguities of war. By 1943, the British were feeling rather pleased with themselves, more convinced of their own moral rectitude than was good for them. Italy chipped away at a little of that complacent self-admiration. The Allies had landed on the peninsular claiming to be the peasant's friend. But instead they smashed homes, burned crops, reduced children to alms-begging, women to prostitution. Friendships, family alliances, local customs, and courtship arrangements were broken up by their clumsy, brutal intrusion into the delicate patterns of traditional life.

Keywords:   British Army, Italy, Second World War, invasion, Allied army, American troops, Italians

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