The Italian Resistance: Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies

TitleThe Italian Resistance: Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBehan, Tom
Number of Pages255
PublisherPluto Press

One of the enduring myths about World War Two is that the Allies alone liberated occupied Europe. However, many countries had successful anti-fascist movements, and Italy's was one of the biggest and most politically radical. Yet it remains relatively unknown outside of its own homeland. Within Italy many plaques and streets commemorate the actions of the partisans - a movement from below that grew as Mussolini's dictatorship unravelled. Led by radical left forces, the Resistance trod a thin line between fighting their enemies at home and maintaining an uneasy working relationship with the Allies. Through the use of unpublished archival material and interviews with surviving partisans, the author tells this story of liberation.

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