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Corfu incident

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


A confrontation in 1923 between italy and greece which gave an early indication of the aggressive nature of mussolini's foreign policy. In the aftermath of world war i , an international commission was charged with determining the boundaries between Greece and albania . Four Italian soldiers, including General Tellini, were involved in this task but, on August 27, 1923, they were ambushed and killed by unknown assailants on the Greek side of the border. Exploiting this episode to the full, Mussolini demanded the capture and execution of the attackers, plus hefty reparations. On August 29, after Greece failed to respond, Italy bombarded and occupied the strategically important island of Corfu, provoking international condemnation. The league of nations referred the problem to its Conference of Ambassadors, entrusted with resolving issues arising out of the 1919 peace treaties. In the event, Greece was required to pay “compensation.” Following pressure from Britain and France, Mussolini's forces vacated Corfu on September 27, 1923. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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