Gerhard Weinberg Comments on Italian Inaction in North Africa

Snarky Historian of the Day goes to Gerhard Weinberg and this snippet from his venerable tome “A World at War:”

“The Italians had halted after their initial advance to Sidi Barrani and had for months argued about the next step toward Alexandria… Every Few weeks the Italian Commander, Marshal Rudolfo Graziani, had either promised to move or received orders to do so. He was still either contemplating his navel or the sand dunes when the British struck.”

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