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OK, what happened in my story is that, the invasion of Sicily and Salerno go off as planned, until my (anti?)hero Becker crushes the beachhead with units shipped in from a marginally more successful Russian front. Becker then, in sheer audacity, runs south, and lands on Sicily and routs the Allies before they react. It's a total disaster for the Allies and Becker gets promoted to Feldmarschall for it.Sam H. wrote:Why hasn't Italy been liberated in this alternative? Are the fascists still in power in Italy? Seems as if a lot has to happen to have the allies fighting in France but not Italy.
Wolery wrote:Il-Duce has been restored to power, and the king is effectively a prisoner in his own palace. All is not well for Il-Duce by any means because he was out of power for a time and now is TOTALLY beholden Hitler as his benefactor. This does have a side benefit insofar that the OKW now has effective control of both the Italian army in the field, and at both Kesselring's and Becker's suggestion, German drill instructors have been forming much better trained (and marginally better equipped) Italian divisions for East Front and Balkan service.
I don't know if that actually happened with the formation of the Italian Social Republic historically, but I assume that would be the logical step. I haven't considered Italy's effect on the war if it fights to the end, but I imagine not much would change because most of Italy's farming and industrial base seems to be in the Po Valley anyway, which historically wasn't overrun until 1945 anyway.