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Army Data: Italy (Co-Belligerent)
Following the armistice of 8 September 1943, units of the Italian army remaining under control of the anti-fascist Badoglio government included nine regular divisions and twelve coastal divisions. All were demoralized, understrength, poorly equipped, and completely unprepared to face German units on even terms. Nevertheless, the government, in its attempt to accomplish the triple objectives of securing its regime in southern Italy, recovering German-controlled territory, and legitimizing its new role as an Allied "cobelligerent", petitioned the Allied Military Mission to commit Italian units at the front. Despite Italian desire to furnish an army of some seven to ten divisions, the Allies initially accepted only a token contribution of Italian-armed and -equipped forces.
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