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DEFEATS ON LAND AND SEA FUEL RIOTS, RESIGNATIONS AND DISMISSALS
Many Italians are beginning to question Mussolini’s policies, fearing his warmongering is leading their country to major disaster, according to a London press agency. The resignation of Marshal Badoglio as chief of general staff on 6 December, together with dissatisfaction over the war in Greece, is believed to have led to recent civil disturbances in Milan and Florence. Marshal Badogio’s successor, General Ugo Cavallero, has been sent to Albania to address the crisis facing Italian troops in the region.
Today the ‘retirement’ of Admiral Domenico Cavagnari as navy chief of staff and the dismissal of Admiral Inigo Campioni as fleet commander have raised further questions over the competence of ‘Il Duce’. Admiral Campioni commanded the Italian fleet through the recent battles of the Mediterranean campaign, including the Battles of Taranto and Cape Spartivento, following which he was criticised for excessive caution.
It is also rumoured that General Cesare Maria de Vecchi, commander of the Italian forces based in the Aegean Sea and one of Mussolini’s earliest Fascist comrades has asked to be relieved of his command.
AIR RAIDS DAWN 8 DECEMBER TO DAWN 9 DECEMBER 1940
Weather Fine; windy.
No air raids.
1845 hrs 1st Bn Kings Own Malta Regiment report mines floating near the shore at Mellieha. A Lyon light is kept illuminated through the night and some explosions are heard.
OPERATIONS REPORTS SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER 1940
FORTRESS ROYAL ENGINEERS Work on anti-tank walls and trenches at Concezione completed.
2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 17 guns are ready for anti-aircraft action.
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