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Mussolini's Army in the French Riviera: Italy's Occupation of France

Emanuele Sica


In contrast to its brutal seizure of the Balkans, the Italian Army’s 1940–1943 relatively mild occupation of the French Riviera and nearby alpine regions bred the myth of the Italian brava gente, or good fellow, an agreeable occupier who abstained from the savage wartime behaviors so common across Europe. Employing a multi-tiered approach, this book examines the simultaneously conflicting and symbiotic relationship between the French population and Italian soldiers. At the grassroots level, the book asserts that the cultural proximity between the soldiers and the local population, one-quarter ... More

Keywords: fraternization, Italian Army, black marketeering, French prefects, Italian soldiers, French population, political tensions, sovereignty, military occupation, French Riviera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039850
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emanuele Sica, author
Royal Military College of Canada