The decline of Italian performance in war in OFFTOPIC Posted April 9, 2014 Yeah, we are talking about a 2000 year window. You can't even compare the Russian Empire that lost the 1WW with the mighty Red Army that invaded half Europe 25 years after ( and was only one quarter of century ).Besides that in the 2WW italian soldiers were not much motivated to fight for the Ducce Mussolini. I'm sure that for a proper cause they would fight like lions as almost any nation in the world. Mussolini was very popular among the Italian people due to his propaganda. He ascended to power for that one reason, he was approved by the Italians, like Hitler. I don't think that's the cause.