Earn is a totally wrong word .So is greed .Only fools join a war for free .Takao wrote: ↑10 Sep 2021 19:36How Britain & France treated her several years earlier is immaterial to your argument that Italy unwillingly joined Germany in war.ljadw wrote: ↑10 Sep 2021 17:57If B+F had treated Italy better ,Italy would have remained neutral .But for stupid ideological reasons, they refused an alliance with Italy. The result was that Italy had the choice in June 1940 between remaining neutral (which would not give any benefit ) and joining with the winner .
Of course, Italy went to war unwillingly : it disliked Germany but B+F refused even to talk wit Italy .The only thing they heard from London and Paris were insults .
Italy willingly made the choice to join Germany for the reasons you have stated.
Italy willingly joined the war out of her own greed, as you have rightly pointed out several times. She thought she would have an easy time and reap far more spoils than she actually earned.ljadw wrote: ↑10 Sep 2021 16:36Italy remained neutral in September 1939 because
a the attitude of F +B prevented any rapprochement with these countries .
b because Italy disliked Germany and especially Nazi Germany
c because in September 1939 it was unclear who would won,although most experts were convinced that B+ F would win
Italy was choosing the German side in June 1940,because
a B + F were still hostile to Italy
b B+F were losing .And this was not the fault of Italy .
After 1914 B+F started negotiations with Italy to have Italy on their side . After September 1939 their contempt for Italy was that great that they refused to start such negotiations : they did not ask : what do you ask for a DOW on Germany ?
If you are refusing to ask what Italy wanted for a DOW on Germany,and if you are losing, you can't blame Italy for declaring war on you .You can only blame yourself .
In WW1 more than 1 million Italians were killed and wounded and Italy felt betrayed by its allies .
In June 1940 Italy felt again betrayed by these allies:the Stresa front was a lie :what did Italy obtain for its stopping the Germans to take over Austria ? NOTHING.Now,these allies were losing and for a few thousand of deaths and wounded, Italy could obtain much more than it received at Versailles .
Italy was not negotiated with because her warmaking potential was infantesimal compared to Germany's. If Germany had not started the war and won large victories, Italy was certainly not going to start a war of her own volition, as Italy lacked the military to carry out such a venture. So there is no good reason to treat with Italy.
You can't compare Italy's war making potential to that of Germany .
The truth is that without Italy,Germany would be in a very bad situation ,as it was when Italy surrendered in September 1943 :this costed the Germans 50 divisions .