• Did the huge cost of funds and resources used in invading Ethiopia and supporting the Nationalist in Spain by ruin any chances that Italy could be ready for any European conflict in 1940?

    Let’s face it, Italy went to war with an Army and Air fleet that was equipped for a 1928-32 conflict.

    Thoughts?


  • @ABWorsham4

    Good question.

    I don’t think it would’ve helped all that much. Italy could’ve been modernized to 1938 or 1939 levels, but that would’ve quickly grown obsolete. Italy lack of industry would still be a problem in keeping up.

    The war was certainly unnecessary from an Italian and pragmatic perspective. The Abnyssia Crisis could’ve easily been averted if Mussolini did not have ambitions (only mentioning this to show that Italy did have the option of not attacking).

    The Nationalist victory in Spain didn’t impact the war as much as Hitler and Mussolini wanted, and it’s doubtful a Republican Spain would’ve had much impact on the Allied side.

    Overall, Italy could’ve had a slightly easier time, but the war would not have changed.

    An interesting thing to consider would be the political implications. Had Italy not invaded Ethiopia, it might have been less likely for them to join the Axis, since the war was a big part of breaking Anglo-Italian relations.


  • @SuperbattleshipYamato said in Mussolini Invades Ethiopia:

    An interesting thing to consider would be the political implications. Had Italy not invaded Ethiopia, it might have been less likely for them to join the Axis, since the war was a big part of breaking Anglo-Italian relations.

    Great point.


  • @ABWorsham4

    Thank you.

    👍👍

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