List of wars involving Italy

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This is a list of wars fought by independent Italy from 1861:

Kingdom of Italy[edit]

Start Finish Name of Conflict Belligerents Outcome
Combatant 1 Combatant 2
1866 1866 Third Italian War of Independence  Kingdom of Italy  Austrian Empire Armistice of Cormons and Treaty of Vienna:
1870 1870 Capture of Rome  Kingdom of Italy  Papal States

 Second French Empire

Italian victory, Debellation of the Papal States.
1885 1895 Eritrean War
1895 1896 First Italo-Ethiopian War  Kingdom of Italy  Ethiopia Ethiopian victory, Treaty of Addis Ababa:
  • Ethiopia recognised as independent country by Italy.
  • Italy abrogates the Treaty of Wuchale.
1899 1901 Boxer Rebellion British Empire United Kingdom

France France
 United States
 Kingdom of Italy

Righteous Harmony Society


Allied victory, Boxer Protocol:
  • Anti-foreign societies banned in China.
1911 1912 Italo-Turkish War Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Italy  Ottoman Empire Italian victory, Italy gains Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Fezzan and the Dodecanese Islands.
1914 1918 World War I  Italy

British Empire United Kingdom
 Indian Empire
 Dominion of Canada
 New Zealand
 South Africa
United States United States
Other Allies



 Ottoman Empire

Treaty of Versailles:
  • German demobilisation

Russia pulls out in 1917

  • Russian Civil War
    • Creation of the Soviet Union
      • Josef V. Stalin Rises to power

Creation of League of Nations

1918 1920 Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War United Kingdom British Empire

Kingdom of Italy Italy
France France
 United States

 Soviet Russia

 Far Eastern Republic

Allied withdrawal from Russia

Bolshevik victory over White Army

1918 1923 Occupation of Adalia Kingdom of Italy Italy  Ottoman Empire Italian occupation of Antalya until becoming part of the Republic of Turkey.
1920 1920 Vlora War Kingdom of Italy Italy Albania Principality of Albania Albanian victory, Italy withdraws from Albania.

Fascist Italy (1922-1943)[edit]

Start Finish Name of Conflict Belligerents Outcome
Combatant 1 Combatant 2
1923 1923 Corfu incident Italy Kingdom of Italy Greece Kingdom of Greece Agreement between Italy and Greece under the auspices of the League of Nations.
Insurgency in Libya
1935 1936 Second Italo-Abyssinian War  Kingdom of Italy

Coat of arms of Italian Eritrea Italian Eritrea
Coat of arms of Italian Somaliland Italian Somaliland

 Ethiopian Empire Italian victory:
1936 1939 Spanish Civil War Spain Nationalist

 Kingdom of Italy
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Foreign volunteers

Second Spanish Republic Republican

Foreign volunteers
 Soviet Union (1936–1938)

Nationalist victory:
1939 1939 Invasion of Albania Italy Italy Albania Albania Italian victory, Italian occupation of Albania.
1939 1945 World War II Axis Powers
The Allies
Allied victory

Italian Republic[edit]

Start Finish Name of Conflict Belligerents Outcome
Combatant 1 Combatant 2
1982 1984 Multinational Force in Lebanon  Italy

 United States
 United Kingdom

Islamic Jihad Organization Multinational forces supervise withdrawal of Palestine Liberation Organization.
1991 1991 Gulf War  Kuwait

 United States
 Saudi Arabia
 United Kingdom
Other Allies

Iraq Kuwait regains its independence
1992 1996 Bosnian intervention  NATO  Yugoslavia Dayton Accords:
1992 1995 Somali Civil War  United Nations Somalia Various Somali factions UN withdrawal.
1997 1997 Operation Alba AlbaniaGovernment of Sali Berisha

ItalyItalian Armed Forces
Greece Greece

AlbaniaRebels New Parliamentary Elections.
1998 1999 Kosovo War  United States

UCK KLA.png Kosovo Liberation Army

 Yugoslavia Kosovo occupied by Nato forces

Kosovo administered by UNMIK

2001 War in Afghanistan

ISAF-Logo.svg ISAF

Afghanistan Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Fall of Taliban régime

Osama bin Laden killed
Ongoing Taliban insurgency

2003 2006 Iraq War Multi-National Force – Iraq

 Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein
 Iraqi Kurdistan

 Iraq under Saddam Hussein

Various insurgents

Fall of Ba'athist rule in Iraq

Deployment in Dhi Qar Province
Italian withdrawal in 2006, conflict ended in 2011

2011 2011 Libyan intervention Many NATO NATO members acting under United Nations UN mandate

Libya Anti-Gaddafi forces
Arab League several Arab League states
Sweden Sweden

Libya Pro-Gaddafi forces Fall of Gaddafi regime

Muammar Gaddafi killed
National Transitional Council take control

See also[edit]