- Italian-occupied France
Fascist Italy occupied a small section of south-east
Franceduring World War II, during the time of the Vichy Government under Nazi German control. It held the territory, which included Grenobleand Nice, from 1942 to 1943.
The Italian zone of occupation was 832 km² and contained 28,500 inhabitants.Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt. "Germany and the Second World War - Volume 2: Germany's Initial Conquests in Europe", pg. 311] The largest town contained within this occupational zone was
In November 1942 the Italian army occupied southern France, from the delta of the
Rhône Riverto Corsica. Specifically, Nice and Corsica were to be annexed to Italy, but this was not done because of the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943.
Robert O. Paxton"Vichy France, Old Guard, New Order" 1972, 1997 on how the Italian zone acted as a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution in Vichy France during the occupation.
Italian invasion of France
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