The Surrender of Axis Forces After the Italian Campaign

Following the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein, Axis forces were driven across Africa and up through Europe in what was classified as the Italian Campaign. The campaign officially started on 10 July 1943 and ended on 2 May 1945 with the fall of Fascist Italy. Allied casualties for the entire campaign totalled approximately 320,000 compared to 336,650 for the Axis forces.

In terms of casualties to infantry troops, the Italian Campaign was more costly than any other in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre in World War Two.

This video shows the official surrender of two German generals at the Italian Royal Palace in Caserta on behalf of 1,000,000 Axis troops.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.