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The conclusion was drawn that for a pro-Western Italian government to survive after the withdrawal of the Allied forces it would need to have the back-up of efficient armed forces. 44 Britain and the postwar Italian armed forces The responsibility for addressing these problems and preparing the Italian armed forces for a peacetime role again fell to Britain. The Allies had decided that this would maintain standardisation and preserve continuity. More significantly neither Italy nor America were ready, at this stage, to assume the task of reconstruction.

Prosecution of Italian War Criminals 29 His aim was to put pressure on Britain and simultaneously to publicise Yugoslavia’s powerlessness in laying its hands on any of the listed Italians. Zivkovic harangued Sir Robert Craigie, the chairman of the UNWCC, with a whole litany of Yugoslav complaints, but despite his bluster, he was, in fact, now in a conciliatory mood. Yugoslav frustration had given way to resignation and Zivkovic seized upon Craigie’s offer of a list of the names of those ‘worst’ war criminals whose cases did not involve any political considerations.

It saw such involvement as a recipe for destroying its working relationship with the Italian Ministry of War and wasting the atmosphere of cooperation and trust it had built up with the leadership of the Italian Armed Forces. General Browning, the head of MMIA, warned that the Italian military would come to the conclusion that the British had let them down. 59 The Foreign Office rejected the suggestion that the alleged war criminals should not be handed over to Yugoslavia to face trial despite any political embarrassment that this would cause.

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