Why are you so [edited]desperate to parrot a point that has been knocked to the ground over and over again in recent years. Using youtube content designed to get hits from people like yourself who try to claim Italy wasn't industrialized doesn't help. You espouse the views of unrepetent nazis, ffs. Then try to hide behind "I didn't mean it like that."
The Germans sucked as allies. They left the Hungarian, Italian and Romanian armies to die. When they took over Poland they cut off Italian coal. When they took over Romania they cut off Italian oil. The invasion of the USSR? Cut off Italy from the last place it could get natural resources. Go for the Caucus or "cut off the head" creating a front that could not be sustained and refusing to shorten lines? As Sadkovich states in one of this books or essays the Italian economy was about 20% of the German.
When you cut off your ally from what little resources you were getting and offered such gracious deals as receiving raw material to make tanks if the Germans get 6 out of 10 tanks produced. However you must find raw material for the weaponry and equipment that goes inside these tanks. Well that is just so wonderful of an ally to offer. However you refuse to share much other critical technology that could have made the war easier for you? That's f'ing winning right there.
Now compare this to Britain which was shopping at USA mart. First of all A+ on Britain for getting the USA to cutoff two countries that where full up happy USAMart customers. And let's once again state that this war was over before it even began. However the same British maneuvering that ensured the war was a victory was too little too late as it was British appeasement policy and unwillingness to commit to the fight while still on the continent that let it get so crazy.
Especially considering one of the reasons the British maneuvered so hard against the Italians and basically drove them into the German camp was because Italy had basically left the British economic sphere and tried to align itself with the American industry instead. Which all goes back to world war 1. Yay.
A Britain that left France and Italy in the lurch by appeasing and allowing Germany to come to the point of starting another war. But we don't fault the British for that. Or failing to properly support their stalwart ally on the continent. Or backstabbing their ally and attacking them. Or barely crediting the French for any of the technology they shared. Pfft, evil French. Vichy. VICHY! VIIIIIIIICCCCHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Or any of the numerous things done as revenge. Because heroes don't get petty or bring on unneeded suffering on those that are helping them. Nope. Never.
The fact that the Axis stayed in Africa for so long is the question that begs answering. With the US supplying the British with so much equipment and no other real active theater the inability of the British to secure the central Med and systematically advance on Tripoli is the real question that bears answering.
And speaking of Allies let's go over another subject. The side switching myth.
World War 1:
There was only ever a very complicated defensive alliance basically between Germany and Italy which triggered Italy to participate in very limited ways when it came to Austria. The language was written such that Austria would not get any help from Italy. Indeed Austria had already violated the spirit of the Agreement by unilaterally causing issues in the Balkans without informing the Italians. Then the Austrians kick off a war of aggression. Why did Italy enter the war when it did? Popular Anglo telling is that this is when Italy was finally bribed enough. Nope, it was because the populace of Italy was demanding war against Austria. There was never any side switching or betrayal. This is willing ignorance.
And then we have the fun talk of the 12 battles of Isonzo while ignoring the meat grinders of Verdun, Somme, etc. Refusing to build deep trench systems because that encourages a defensive attitude. Etc. Nope these problems only apply to Italy. Yet when Italy stood alone at the Piave, when an entire draft class sacrificed to save a nation? Nothing. When Italy turned it around and smashed the Austrians? Oh they where already broken or it was only through the effort of the Allied divisions there. All the negatives are credited yet none of the positives. This should ring out as a warning bell when repeating these tropes.
World War 2:
Sideswitching in world war 2? Yeah let's talk about Finland, Bulgaria, etc.
Guerra civile in Italia (1943-1945)
We get it you find this stuff funny because being ignorant is bliss. Soldiers, Marines and Sailors must be respected but these are Italians not actual humans. Really it gets old fast. God forbid people try to learn and expand their knowledge base.
Back to our uber war guys the Germans who are best at everything. Germans absolutely refused to believe the Italians on Enigma being broken. Even to the point where they could not fathom of Italians being competent at cryptanalysis. Phoenix has gone over elsewhere how German intelligence was the lead up to many a disaster or failed ability to follow up an advantage.
If one is truly incompetent they don't fight a war for three years. Culminating in two huge embarrassments for the Royal navy in the mid-June and Mid-August convoy battles when you compare the time and effort used to get so little supplies to the islands. With one major portion of the operation called off because Harwood and Vian basically couldn't get along. Let's not even go int the farce that was El Alamein. The British delayed the close of the North African campaign by months to have a proper "British victory."
This is the sort of thing that happened when the British planned for Italian incompetence. Operation Agreement. Or let's not forget how good old Monty was going through the southern sector at El Alamein and then make a run to Tripoli. Hmmm...oh wait he didn't go through the Italians like a knife through butter.
Nor do we see much mocking of Force K neutralizing itself by running into a minefield. Force K shut down the convoy routes! All the time. Not that it managed to sink half its ships doing something stupid. That's an Italian thing.
And for ffs pick up a book. There are plenty of Italian victories and the Germans didn't advance in a vacuum in North Africa. If Rommel had ever understood a supply line Tripoli actually stored enough oil for the entire campaign. However even when he was supplied beyond what he requested in regards to equipment it was always "I never got enough." While ever other general, including Germans, where screaming at him that he was over extended.
Tobruch was such a great place. Ever ask yourself why the Australian defenders had so many self inflicted injuries? It's funny how Australian patrols where going all over the desert while Italian memoirs have them sitting in the trenches after a couple of forays where they wound up on the wrong end of flame throwers.
Italians can't fight. Even after walking hundreds of kilometers in the snow with frostbite and no food for days. They just gave in and surrendered. There is a difference between being in a desert completely cut off and facing annihilation and having a chance of reaching yours lines. Pictures of Italian PoW columns proliferate, the same pictures with unarmed British are only found ever so often.
Yes Italian equipment became quickly inadequate and there was never enough. However despite all their hardships the men did their duty as best they could and in many cases still found victory. Overcame incredible odds to keep the convoy routes open. Gave the British bloody noses on many an occasion however these are often overlooked or explained away with excuses that aren't allowed for the Italians. You can see this here in this thread with Mr. MATAAAAPPAAAAHHHHNN.
I'm sure I have some of it wrong however I contend that the spirit is true. Pleasure yourself with Italians are side switcher/cowards/etc jokes. However be intellectually honest and realize where the origin of these jokes come from. Far from reality. If you wish to keep dehumanizing your fellow man and feel he is incapable because of the location of his birth. That's on you.