Thursday, October 6, 2016
ADSS 1.245 Borgongini Duca to Maglione: Italy will not go to war
ADSS 1.245 Francesco Borgongini Duca (1), Italy, to Luigi Maglione, Sec State
Reference: AES 759/40
Location and date: Rome, 27.01.1940
Summary statement: Italian Foreign Minister, assured the nuncio that Italy will not go to war; various matters.
At the end I asked him ex abrupto if the news of a military intervention of Italy next February was true. The Minister promptly and without thinking about the words replied: “Rest assured Italy will not go to war” and added this reservation: “At least as long as it depends on me …” (2).
(1) Francesco Borgongini Duca (1884-1954), Nuncio to Italy 1929-53.
(2) Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944), Italian Foreign Minister 1936-43.