April 07, 1939 : Italy invades Albania

Introduction

On this day in 1939, in an effort to mimic Hitler’s conquest of Prague, Benito Mussolini’s troops, though badly organized, invade and occupy Albania.

Although the invasion of Albania was intended as but a prelude to greater conquests in the Balkans, it proved a costly enterprise for Il Duce. Albania was already dependent on Italy’s economy, so had little to offer the invaders. And future exploits in neighboring nations, in Greece in particular, proved to be disastrous for the Italians.

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April 07, 1939 : Italy invades Albania

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    April 07, 1939 : Italy invades Albania

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/italy-invades-albania

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks