Libyan resistance movement: Difference between revisions

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Resistance was totally crushed by General [[Rodolfo Graziani]] in the 1930s and the country was fully controlled by the Italians with the help of [[Arabs|Arab]] [[Fascism|fascists]], to the point that many Libyan colonial troops fought on the side of Italy between 1940 and 1943: two divisions of Libyan colonial troops were created in the late 1930s and 30,000 native Libyans fought for Italy during [[World War II]].
===World War II (1940-1943)===
[[Image:Chadian soldier of WWII.jpg|thumb|left|150px|15,000 Chadian soldiers fought for [[Free French Forces|Free France]] during World War II, which included several campaigns in the Fezzan<ref>S. Decalo, 53</ref>]]
In 1940 the Libyans in the coastal areas were granted Italian citizenship as part of the fascist efforts to create the [[Imperial Italy (fascist)|Imperial Italy]] in Tripolitania and Cyrenaica. This reduced the appeal of the Libyan resistance movement to a few Arab/[[Berbers]] populations of the [[Fezzan]] area only, but this was practically non-existent until the arrival of French troops in the area in 1942. The Fezzan was occupied by the [[Free French]] in 1943. At the close of [[World War II]] the [[United Kingdom|British]] and [[France|French]] collaborated with the small new resistance. France and the United Kingdom decided to make King Idris the [[Emir]] of an independent Libya in 1951.
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