Okay, I think I read that post awhile back but was un-aware of it’s validity.
Let me weigh in on this topic.
The best strat for Italy’s survival is German troops in Rome and Naples to start with so that the Italian forces can move out more easily.
In my recent game… Germany built that “navy” to lure the UK carrier up to the north sea etc… so the med was clear after I1 so they got the Med NO.
Any more after that depends on where the factories are being buit…