Mussolini’s speech against Germany ,Bari (1934)

Watch with subtitles here

This is a clip of Mussolini condemning Hitler’s attempts to merge Germany with Austria. At this point the two nations were not firmly allies even though they were both fascist countries.  Mussolini did not oppose Hitler on this issue because he loved Austria. It was he thought that Austria and the Balkans should be an Italian sphere of influence. Nazi Germany proceeded to destabilize Austria internally and it resulted in the assassination of Engelbert Dollfus. These events could have made Germany and Italy enemies, but the Italian invasion of Ethiopia changed the political situation. France and Great Britain sanctioned Italy causing much anger from the Italian dictator. This resulted in Mussolini moving closer to Nazi Germany forming the Pact of Steel. Germany and Italy would later wage war on  France and Great Britain.


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