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Italy Mussolini – anticipatory changes to closer ally himself with Germany in order to build an empire, believed that 2 fascists powers could work together, Italy was nowhere near ready for war. Jumps into the war to feed of france before it collapses completely. In 1940 Italy invades Greece, Britain moved to set up air bases to help greeks – in range of the oil sources in Romania that hitler needed to wage war on the soviet union. Hitler has to bail out his ally. Postpones the attack on the soviet union (crucial) we don’t know what the consequences had been if the germans had kept their intial time table. Hitler wants to move troops to the eastern front, thus handing over territory he had conquered to the Italians to occupy. 3 key occupation zones. Jews in these zones are the only foreign jews in which some other country intervenes to save them – protected by Italian army and not deported with other jews Ethiopia – Italians are practicing ferociously oppressive regime, Italians protect jews living abroad from other sources of discrimination, that they receive equal treatment of
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