The Directorate of Archives has recalled the April 7 invasion of Albania by Italy, starting its information as follows:
"Like today, on April 7, 1939, Albania was put under the yoke of Fascist Italy."
The Archive further provides information on that day, writing:
"At the dawn of that day, the Italian fascist army, consisting of about 40,000 ground forces and 150 aircraft, launched an attack on our country, landing in Durres, Vlora, Shengjin and Saranda. Among the centrists who organized an armed resistance, the officer of the Albanian Royal Army, Mujo Ulqinaku, fell in the fighting.
Regarding the delicate issue of King Bird's act, the Archive is content with one word, where it replaces "escape" with the word "displacement" and without mentioning the delicate issue of gold.
"With the start of the invasion, King Zog moved from his homeland, which subsequently became a protectorate of Fascist Italy."
Why did Italy invade Albania? Here is the explanation according to the State Archives:
"The Italian invasion was a short military campaign, motivated by the imperialist policies of Benito Mussolini. From a geostrategic point of view, Albania has long been an important reference for the neighboring country.
As Nazi Germany annexed Austria and moved against Czechoslovakia, Italy feared its weight in the ranks of the Pact of Steel. Likewise, after the sudden invasion of Czechoslovakia on March 15, 1939, Mussolini decided to act along the same lines, annexing Albania. However, this policy was reprimanded by King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, who described the plan for the invasion of Albania as an unnecessary risk".
"Below, a photo dated April 10, 1939, showing Count Ciano and General Guzzoni, the leaders of the plan to invade Albania," writes the Archive.