The Italians had no inclination to fight the British and even less the Americans, when they joined the war.
There was also a massive class divide between Officers and the enlisted man. This made morale very low and did not help create a fighting force. Italians were happy to be left alone.
The Italian army was also a foot one. Hardly any units were motorised and that would prove a problem in the vast expanses of desert and the seesaw nature of the campaign.
The British were lucky when they attacked in Dec of 1940 as they had only had limited objectives. The advance was so uncontested, that they kept going until they had Benghazi and Tobruk.
Being Italian, I love to laugh at my WW2 army’s dismal performances and unwillingness to throw their lives away for someone else’s glory.
When the Italians switched sides, however, things got very bloody as civil war broke out amongst the Fascists and Communists. Many Italians proved they were not afraid of dying once they had a real cause and future in which they believed.
My dad’s dad was in Africa, Russia and later ran and hid from the Fascists in Tuscany.
Questions about planes and scramble
Say there’s only 2 british fighters at Gibraltar, nothing at z91 (Atlantique side of Gibraltar) and a British fleet including an Aircraft carrier in z92 (Med side of Gibraltar) without planes on it.
Now Germany does amphibious attack on Gibraltar from z91. From my understanding (which are question actually) :
A. One or two fighters can scramble at sea to fight units in z91 and prevent all shore bombardments from Cruisers or Battleships.
B. Fighters cannot simply flee battle and land on UK’s Aircraft in z92.
C. Next one I really don’t know : Is fighter can scramble 1 round and then flee battle (return to Gilbraltar? flee to Carrier z92?). I think I confuse AAG40 with another A&A game which scramble is just 1 round.
My understanding is:
A) Yes, they can scramble and will prevent all shore bombardment (the SZ is now defended).
B) The fighters cannot flee, they are now the defenders in a battle and cannot retreat (only attackers can call off a battle).
Kreig is pretty awesome at answering promptly, and can provide the official answer, but, I’m pretty sure this is correct.
Thank you for quick and clear answer (as you always do) and thanks Geist for helping.