Originally Posted by Carl Schwamberg
Interesting premise in the OP. A decade or so ago I took a look at designing a game for this subject. The goal would be for the Italian player to place himself in a better position for negotiated peace by mid 1943. At the time I did not see a game leading to a Italian victory as 'realistic'.
I can't think of any way to win for Italy in a war that lasts that long. 1940, yes, 1941... a long shot. After that, I'd just forget it.
Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner
The only way around that is they hold out long enough to allow Britain to be defeated in Egypt and their colonies in East Africa now have a direct sea, land, and air route between them and Italy. Even then, the sheer scale of the area they occupy will make a victory unlikely.
I wonder if the UK would stop the war before it got that far.
The Germans just wanted terms, and not very outrageous ones. Churchill wasn't about to give in and just walk away, but if some of the most valuable territory in the Empire was being over-run and a permanent change in the shape of things became possible
, maybe he would have made a deal.
And losing enough land to make that linkup happen could be the straw that breaks the Camel's back.