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New Italian Goosestep Is a Thrill to Il Duce (Real time + 70 years)
Microfiche-New York Times archives | January 28, 1938 | No byline

Posted on 01/28/2008 7:22:30 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson

New Italian Goosestep Is a Thrill to Il Duce

WIRELESS to THE NEW YORK TIMES.

ROME, Jan. 27. – One unexpected effect of the visit by Premier Benito Mussolini to Germany last September was seen today when, much to everybody’s surprise, the goosestep was performed for the first time in the annals of Italian military history by 2,000 Black Shirts reviewed by Mussolini.

The Premier was so impressed and enthused by the result that he suddenly jumped off the reviewing stand and, taking his place at the head of the Black Shirts with his entire staff, goosestepped with the best of them right across the parade ground.

The goosestep, which is new in Italy, will not be known by that name or any other suggesting foreign importation. It will be known as the Roman step. Any one reading a description of it, however, will perceive immediately its close relation, if not the twin brother, of the goosestep.

It is performed, according to accounts of it appearing in an Italian newspaper, “by keeping the leg rigid and striking the foot violently against the ground.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: realtime
I get a sense of tongue-in-cheek from this short article.
1 posted on 01/28/2008 7:22:32 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

I always thought that looked tough on the knees.


2 posted on 01/28/2008 7:26:48 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Mussolini was actually a help to the Allies. Hitler had to postpone his attack on the USSR in order to bail the Italians out in the Balkans. If the Germans had attacked as originally planned, they might have just taken Moscow before the winter set in. Also, the Wehrmacht went to North Africa again to bail out the Italians.

But as treacherous as Hitler was, the one person that he stood by until the end was.....Mussolini.

3 posted on 01/28/2008 7:35:45 AM PST by fredhead (Four cylinders, air cooled, horizontally opposed...the REAL VW.)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten, parle italiano! Idiota!


4 posted on 01/28/2008 7:40:02 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
I get a sense of tongue-in-cheek from this short article.

Nope. It's talking about a real event.

5 posted on 01/28/2008 7:43:09 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb
Great picture!

I knew it was a real event. The tone of the story just gives me a vision of the journalist smirking as he types it out. It is clear that the American press viewed Hitler as genuinely bad news well before January 1938. Benito, OTOH, seems to have been seen as a more or less ridiculous figure still.

6 posted on 01/28/2008 7:58:21 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

So, what’s that got to do with Giuliani?


7 posted on 01/28/2008 8:01:19 AM PST by nightlight7
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To: nightlight7

I don’t know. Maybe Rudy loves a parade.


8 posted on 01/28/2008 8:13:47 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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To: fredhead
Actually, that's not quite true. The Spring in Russia was very wet in 1941, and the Germans couldn't launch BARBAROSSA in May, because the ground was saturated. What Hitler's bailout of Mussolini in the Balkans did do was cause wear and tear on the units [men and equipment] involved that could not be remedied before the Germans did attack. The repercussions were more long term.

Remember too, that Hitler's actions weren't all altruistic. Mussolini's actions allowed the British to get a foothold [read airbases] in Greece - within bombing range of the oil fields at Ploesti, Romania - Hitler's main source of petroleum.

As for the DAK, it was built from scratch units, was never intended [by Hitler or the OKH] as more than a leavening element for the Italians, as was not envisaged [by anyone but Rommel] as an offensive force to liberate Italian North Africa, and invade Egypt.

9 posted on 01/28/2008 8:29:28 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

The Bersagliare continued to run everywhere. they didn’t adopt the “Passo Romano”.


10 posted on 01/28/2008 8:30:44 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
What were the Bersagliare?

And what does PzLdr signify?

11 posted on 01/28/2008 8:48:37 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Bersagliare] [and I could have the spelling wrong] are elite Italian Infantry [mountain troops, I believe], who wear cock feathers in their hats, and move everywhere in the Bersagliare trot. Kind of like and “Airborne shuffle”.

PzLdr ia an acronym for “Panzer [Armor] Leader”. It was the English title of Heinz Guderian’s autbiography. I was an Armor officer in the Army from 1968-1972 [high point of my life], so I decded to use it as my handle.


12 posted on 01/28/2008 9:02:35 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

13 posted on 01/28/2008 9:04:06 AM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: PzLdr
PzLdr ia an acronym for “Panzer [Armor] Leader”.

I suspected it was something like that, and thought it kind of a strange screen name. Now I get it.

14 posted on 01/28/2008 9:16:01 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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To: fredhead; GOP_Party_Animal; Vaquero; r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; ...

Here is an earlier post, for those who missed it.


15 posted on 02/05/2008 11:27:07 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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To: fredhead

That’s a canard; the Balkan invasion didn’t materially help the USSR. Spring 1941 was unseasonably wet and the Germans could not have jumped off on Barbarossa much before June 22.

The real reason the Barbarossa failed was over reach; it was logistically impossible to vanquish the USSR in one campaign season as a matter of space and time. Hitler needed to plan a two year campaign.

As for Mussolini, my favorite description of him is “Sawdust Ceasar.” On the other hand, whatever bad you say about him, he flatly refused German requests to deport the Jews to the death camps until his fall in 1943.


16 posted on 02/05/2008 12:41:28 PM PST by henkster (The koran is "Mein Kampf" written in funny curlie-Q's)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

1/28/38


17 posted on 02/16/2008 8:57:17 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("I知 not liking the way the 21st Century is shaping up logic wise." - AU72)
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