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FIRST WORLD WAR
Dear Speak Up,
in the November issue of Speak Up, in the article “Letter from Buckingham Palace”, Geoffrey Howe writes: “(…) I asked Her Majesty to remember Britain’s former enemies too, and to put flowers on the graves of Italian and German victims from both world wars.” Could you please tell Mr. Howe that Italians were not Britain’s enemies in the First World War?
Best regards, Italo

Dear Italo,
That’s true. Before WWI, Italy was allied with the German, and the Austria-Hungary Empires, but in 1914 declared neutrality. In 1915, Italy signed a treaty with Britain, France and Russia. Geoffrey’s point is that Italy’s involvement in both wars caused terrible suffering and that this should be recognised irrelative of which side the soldiers fought on. Speak Up

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