Galeazzo Ciano Quotes

Gian Galeazzo Ciano, 2nd Count of Cortellazzo and Buccari (Italian pronunciation: [?ale'attso ?t?a?no]; 18 March 1903 – 11 January 1944) was Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy from 1936 until 1943 and Benito Mussolini's son-in-law. On 11 January 1944, Count Ciano was shot by firing squad at the behest of his father-in-law, Mussolini, under pressure from Nazi Germany. Ciano wrote and left behind a diary that has been used as a source by several historians, including William Shirer in his The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and in the 4-hour HBO documentary-drama Mussolini and I.

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The farewell between Hitler and Mussolini at the station was very affectionate. Both men were moved.

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Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.

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The German decision to fight is implacable. Even if they were given more than they ask, they would attack just the same, because they are possessed by the demon of destruction.

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Mussolini is quite humiliated because our troops have not moved a step forward. Even today they have not succeeded in advancing and have halted in front of the first French fortification which put up some resistance.

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