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Rodolfo Graziani

Rodolfo Graziani (1882 - 1955), during World War II, was an Italian Marshal; who commanded the Tenth Army, stationed in Libya. He resigned his commission in 1943, following the defeat of his army. In 1950, a military tribunal sentenced him to prison for a term of 19 years as punishment for his collaboration with the Nazis, he was released after serving only a few months of the sentence.

Military Career

World War II

After the declaration of war,
Mussolini ordered Graziani to use his army in an invasion of Egypt. Graziani expressed doubts about the ability of his largely un-mechanized force could defeat the British, however, he followed orders and the Tenth Army attacked on September 13.