Countries Italy Declared War On

Italy has declared war 18 times on 16 unique countries. What were the countries?
The quiz starts from the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861
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Last updated: May 18, 2020
First submittedApril 21, 2020
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Average score75.0%
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Year
War
Country
1866
Third Italian War of Independence
Austrian Empire
1866
Third Italian War of Independence
Liechtenstein
1870
Capture of Rome
State of the Church
1887
Italo-Ethiopian War
Ethiopian Empire
1911
Italo-Turkish War
Ottoman Empire
1915
WWI
Austria-Hungary
1915
WWI
Ottoman Empire
1915
WWI
Germany
1915
WWI
Bulgaria
1935
Second Italo-Ethiopian War
Ethiopian Empire
1936
Spanish Civil War
Second Spanish Republic
1939
Italian invasion of Albania
Kingdom of Albania
Year
War
Country
1940
WWII
France
1940
WWII
United Kingdom
1941
WWII
Soviet Union
1941
WWII
United States
1941
WWII
Greece
1941
WWII
Yugoslavia
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Level 74
Apr 21, 2020
I'm surprised that the Italians were still fighting WW1 in 1925.
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Level 16
May 2, 2020
corrected
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Level 84
May 25, 2021
They do like to take their time.
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Level 76
May 8, 2020
Suggest adding USSR as a type in for Soviet Union
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Level 43
May 8, 2020
USSR as a type in for Soviet Union?
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Level 66
May 8, 2020
Please accept USSR. Otherwise great quiz. Thanks
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Level 60
May 8, 2020
As others have said, please accept USSR for Soviet Union. it will be greatly appreciated.
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Level 84
May 8, 2020
Got everything... including the USSR by typing in "Russia." Pretty generous time limit, I was guessing a lot of random stuff before I happened upon Liechtenstein.
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Level 66
May 8, 2020
Yippee I got Liechtenstein I'm sooooo proud hahahaha XD
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Level 38
Oct 13, 2021
lol
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Level 74
May 8, 2020
"State of the Church" should be the Papal States, I think.
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Level 32
Dec 30, 2020
Indeed. The quizmaker said that cause in Italian we say "State of the Church"
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Level 70
May 8, 2020
I really like this quiz, but I do have one question. What about Italy declaring war on Germany in 1943 after switching sides?
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Level 16
May 18, 2020
Technically Italy was fully occupied and the government was a puppet of the Allies, they were cobelligerent
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Level 85
May 8, 2020
Ugh Liechtenstein ruining my perfect score. Still, it was cool to learn a new fact.
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Level 55
May 12, 2020
Italy declared war to Germany in 1943 and in 1945 to Japan
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Level 16
May 18, 2020
It is a difficult subject, italy after 1943 was completely occupied. In the north, the Republic of Salò was a puppet state of the Nazis and in the south, the Allied cobelligerent Kingdom of the South. The continuity of the Italian State is not very clear in those periods.
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Level 57
May 13, 2020
Pretty good quiz, but there were a few mistakes. USSR does not work for the Soviet Union, and you missed some wars. I will make sure to nominate once these mistakes are fixed.
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Level 16
May 18, 2020
USSR added for Soviet Union
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Level 57
Jan 4, 2021
Italy turned on the Axis in 1943
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Level 16
Feb 8, 2021
Only the south of Italy, which was a cobelligerant puppet state of the allies, in the north the republic of salò was formed which was a puppet of germany, the italian state was practically not existing
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Level 68
May 25, 2021
Except that the southern Italy was the only "Italy", with a king and a legitimate government.

So no, the Italian state existed and was recognised (even by Germany).

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Level 57
Jan 16, 2021
Monaco in WW2?
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Level 16
Feb 8, 2021
Italy occupied Monaco but never declared war to it
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Level 37
Mar 23, 2021
I only missed Albania. Thanks comments for informing me about Liechtenstein.
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Level 58
Apr 8, 2021
I missed Albania too which I definitely should have got.
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Level 70
May 7, 2021
So you missed Albania and Liechtenstein, but cheated to get Liechtenstein?
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Level 33
May 25, 2021
thats exactly what he or she did
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Level 58
Apr 8, 2021
Not sure, but should Abyssinia be here?
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Level 44
May 25, 2021
technicallu abyssinia is ethiopia
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Level 79
Apr 13, 2021
I can't find any evidence of Italy ever declaring war on Spain. Could you add the source you used?
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Level 68
May 3, 2021
In 1866, Italy was on war with 14 sovereign states. Did Italy really declare war only on 2 of them?
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Level 81
May 3, 2021
2 things:

1) Italy never declared any war on Republican Spain in 1936. Officially, the Italians that fought against the legitimate Republican government, together with Franco's rebels, were "volunteers".

2) In 1943, the Kingdom of Italy declared war on Germany. And, technically speaking, it wasn't a "puppet state": it was the legitimate Italian government, ruled by the king. As a professor of Contemporary History at the university, I quite know this subject... ;-)

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Level 85
May 3, 2021
I'm trying to picture the intimidating amassed forces of Liechtenstein rolling over the horizon to defend their homeland...
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Level 78
May 3, 2021
Could you accept "Rome" for the "Capture of Rome," given that Rome was, at the time, the seat of the papal states (as implied)?
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Level 60
May 6, 2021
Although not considered a sovereigh state, Italy went to war with Rose island:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island

It's quite an interesting story!

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Level 75
May 7, 2021
San Marino must really have kept its head down over the centuries.
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Level 84
May 25, 2021
They were briefly occupied by the Nazis in 1944.
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Level 75
May 25, 2021
San Marino doesn't have a lot of resources that Italy could exploit. Wine and limestone are some of the major exports and Italy already has a good supply of wine and limestone.
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Level 70
May 7, 2021
This is not an exhaustive list; there are quite a few formal declarations of war that are not included here. I also noticed that the date that Italy declared war on Greece is wrong. From what I can tell, Italy declared war on Greece on October 28, 1940.
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Level 69
May 16, 2021
It doesn't accept "Church" nor "Papal State" as in other quizzes referring to that.
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Level 66
May 25, 2021
Lol wtf
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Level 68
May 25, 2021
I wrote Spanish Republic, and it wasn't accepted.

Is it possible to accept that? Thanks

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Level 58
May 25, 2021
Maybe consider accepting "Lichtenstein" for Liechtenstein? Others quizzes do, and I've never noticed that I don't type the "e" (might just be me, I don't know)
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Level ∞
May 25, 2021
This has been fixed. Thank you.
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Level 81
May 25, 2021
Liechtenstein? How did this happen?
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Level 46
May 25, 2021
I thought they were too busy hiding behind the sofa to declare war on anyone.
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Level 79
May 25, 2021
As far as I can tell, Italy never declared war on:

-Liechtenstein

-Ethiopia

-Spain

-Albania

-USSR

-Greece

-Albania

If we want to talk about countries Italy has been at war with, then go ahead by all means. But that isn't what this quiz is.

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Level 57
May 25, 2021
Ok look I know that all of these are true so I'll give the easy ones

- Ethiopia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italo-Ethiopian_War_of_1887%E2%80%931889

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Italo-Ethiopian_War

Spain: Italy supported Spain's Fascist government in the Spanish Civil war, and warred the republican govt.

Albania: Shortly before WWII, Italy annexed Albania.

USSR: Italy declared war on the USSR around when Germany did I think

Greece: Italy's imperial ambitions lead them to invade Greece (And for like the millionth time in the war, they only won with Germany's help.)

Liechtenstein: Their army literally had 80 men. I don't know why they fought but they did.

Please do some research before posting comments.

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Level 67
May 25, 2021
I think he was making the distinction between declaring war on and actually fighting.
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Level 61
May 25, 2021
Please read comments before commenting.
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Level 75
May 25, 2021
Liechtenstein's army did no fighting and basically sat in the mountains smoking cigars and drinking wine. They entered the War of Third War of Italian Unification, which was part of the Austro-Prussian War. They entered the war with 80 men + 20 reserves in Vaduz. They (allegedly) ended the war with 81 men + 20 reserves in Vaduz. The additional man was either an Austrian liaison officer who decided that sitting in the Alps was better than fighting Prussians, or an Italian soldier who decided sitting in the Alps drinking wine was a better use of time than fighting Austrians over who would get to control Lombardy-Venetia.
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Level 74
May 25, 2021
How many of these were actual official declarations of war and how many of them just simple invasions? Italy for sure NEVER declared war on Spain in 1936 and it was the official Italian state that changed sides in 1943 and became an Allied co-belligerent.
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Level 70
May 25, 2021
No one:

Italy: TiME tO deCLaRe WAr oN 80 PEoPLe in LiECHteNstEIn!!!

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Level 57
May 25, 2021
Hmmm I wonder why the war only lasted less than two months...
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Level 54
May 25, 2021
Not only that, but Liechtenstein sent 80 people to war and came back with 81. They had made a friend on the way 🤣
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Level 75
May 25, 2021
I guess sitting in the Alps drinking wine is a better use of time than fighting Prussians or Austrians.
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Level 67
May 25, 2021
It looks like Italy likes to pick on weak countries they think they can beat.
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Level 30
May 25, 2021
Italy declared war on the Spanish Republicans? Wasn't it just an intervention in the conflict on behalf of Franco?
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Level 59
May 25, 2021
Let's go I got Vatican
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Level 54
May 25, 2021
Could you just accept "papal" for the Church?
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Level 66
May 25, 2021
Did Italy never bother to declare war on the other Commonwealth countries?

I know that Canada made its own declarations of war in WWII, unlike in WWI when its dominion status meant that they were automatically at war with anybody upon whom the UK declared war. I imagine it's a similar case for Australia and New Zealand. Were these declarations never reciprocated by Italy?

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Level 75
May 25, 2021
They might not have really cared. If one party declares war, it is not like the other party really has a choice in the matter. If a Canadian soldier started shooting at an Italian, the Italian wasn't going to not fire back just because his government never made an official war declaration. The Italians may also have seen the South Africans, Australians, Kiwis, Canadians, New Foundlanders, et. al as Brits who were a bit lost geographically.
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Level 20
May 25, 2021
Nice quiz!
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Level 63
May 26, 2021
Well no: Italy didn't declare war on Liechtenstein. The 1866 war declaration, which appeared on the Gazzetta ufficiale of 20 June 1866 reads «HM the King [...] feels compelled to declare war on the Austrian Empire». Liechtenstein is never mentioned in the declaration. The document can be found here: https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/gu/1866/06/20/169/sg/pdf
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Level 28
Jun 1, 2021
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Level 27
Feb 19, 2022
I started naming random european countries at the end and foot Lichtenstein last second