File Title Informants: Italy
Reference FO 1093/266
Date 30 June 1943 - 10 December 1943
Government Department Foreign Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013
Notes A number of documents within this file have been retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1958.


A file of correspondence, memoranda, and a directive concerning attempts to establish covert diplomatic negotiations with Italy during 1943. The documents describe an approach from an Italian businessman in Spain, giving details of the Italian political situation, Mussolini’s health and popularity, and suggesting that the Italians would go over to the allies within 48 hours of a landing in Italy. This is accompanied by documents detailing German troops in Italy; royal support for the negotiations with the allies; criticism of the Pope’s actions; and the establishment of a covert radio link with the Italian government via a captured Italian agent in the Middle East.

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