Italy, officially called the Italian Republic, is country in Western Europe.
Before the common era, the Italian Peninsula was the seat of the Roman Empire, a mighty empire that stretched from Britain, Continental Europe, and some parts of the Middle East.
After the fall of Rome, Italy was the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
During World War II, Italy was an ally of Nazi Germany and too over parts of North Africa. Fascist Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943; as Rome fell to the Allies in 1944. The dictator Benito Mussolini was executed by partisans in 1945, effectively ending fascism in the peninsula. The nation became a republic in 1946, and is a member of NATO upon the organization's foundation.
World War III Edit
Being part of NATO, Italy sent troops, mainly in the form of A129 Mangusta attack helicopters, to fight the advancing Soviet forces overrunning Western Europe. The country may have been used as a logistics hub for the United States Air Force located in Aviano Air Base and the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples.
According KGB reports, only France and Spain stand in the way of the USSR's conquest of Western Europe, indicating the Italy has fallen to the Soviet Union (the report may be overlooked, Portugal, several Western European countries and the United Kingdom are still free from Soviet takeover).
During the battle in France, it can be seen on a map that a piece of the north-western border and the coastal Italian-French border has been occupied. After France was liberated, the Soviets along the Italian borders were either crushed or retreated back to Soviet lines in West Germany. Italy remains an active combatant in the war.