A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939-1940 (New York Review Books Classic by Iris Origo:
After Norway – what? Every country in Europe is waiting. If the Norwegian campaign has not increased the Italians’ liking for Germany, it has certainly increased their respect and fear. The cult of violence flourishes on success. So – what next? Switzerland? Holland? Belgium? Sweden? Rumania? The Caucasus? Every day brings fresh rumours, and with them the convication that Italy too will be in before the end of the month. The real war is coming.