I disagree. You cant blame Ciano or Mussolini or the Italians for any responsability in the outbreak of the war.michael mills wrote: ↑16 May 2019 03:58Given the exculpatory purpose of the preface (and indeed of the entire diary, according to the CIA article), Ciano's claim that Ribbentrop said "We want war" on 12 August 1939, in the lead-up to the attack on Poland, cannot be accepted at face value, unless there is corroborating evidence. Ribbentrop may have said those words, or he may have said something less dramatic that Ciano misrepresented in retrospect.
Thus, if anybody falsified material contained in Ciano's diary and the accompanying documents, it can only have been Ciano himself.
Like Ciano said, the traitor was Hitler, and the betrayed were Mussolini and himself.
When they signed the Pact of Steel, it was agreed that the war should not occur before 3 or 4 years. Italy was absolutely not ready for any war at that time.
Ciano had absolutely no responsability in the upcoming of the war. With Mussolini he always tried to avoid the war. In München 38, with Poland 39 he always proposed peace conference to Hitler. In 1943 he proposed peace with Russia... etc
The only warmonger was Hitler.
Ciano had nothing to prove... whe he is writing that Ribbentrop said "we want the war", he simply just wants to make it clear that the only one who wanted the war and had responsability in it was Hitler and Germany.