Why is the resistance of the South during the Italian liberation against the Germans during WWII ignored, or hardly remembered?

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A. Plan of investigation

Three years after Italy entered the war allying with Germany, famine, cold, bombings and economic decline struck the country, destroying their credibility of fascism. The people expressed their discord, and on the 3rd of September the armistice was signed. The allies soon landed in Sicily to aid the South in driving back the remaining German forces. There are many records of events and battles, but for the South the only battle remembered is the four days of Naples. This essay will search for the possible causes of neglecting of the resistance in the south To aid the analysis, this paper will include interviews with the Italian Cultural Office Director in China.

B. Summary of evidence

The Situation of the War

After the Allies' first invasion in July, Mussolini was arrested and the country fell into chaos. ; the German actions lacked coordinated. This alarmed the King, Vittorio Emanuele III and Badoglio, resulting in their escape to the South after the armistice.

Soon after Mussolini was rescued by the Germans, he took control over the German and fascist troops in the country, and started to occupy major regions of northern and central Italy. By their sudden fled, the King and Badoglio had left Rome, and other regions in the central north free to the Germans. The Italian army was left without instructions, and fell into total chaos. The country was divided into two: The pro-Allied, and the pro-Germans. resistance movements to push back the Germans took place mainly in the North, while the Allies took care of the German troops in the South.

The Reign of the South

After Mussolini was arrested and imprisoned on the 'Gran Sasso', the King gave power to Marshal Badoglio to rule over the government. On the 3rd of September 1943, the...