Germans turn against Italian civilians
10th September 1943: German behaviour towards the Italians abruptly becomes brutal and vindictive towards their former allies
The Italian surrender had not come as a complete surprise to the Germans, and they moved swiftly to neutralise the Italian armed forces wherever possible. These were awkward and uncertain days for the Italians and particularly for their armed forces. At best, they were disarmed and humiliated. At worst, some units were massacred at the hands of the Germans.
These people haven’t eaten for two days, and they are looking to us to take care of them.