|Corfu fascist parade 1933.|
What I do not know is to what extent this was an indigenous Greek movement or a purely Italian-Corfiot one. Corfu was long ruled by Venice and Italian influence remained strong. Italian was the lingua franca of Corfu well into the nineteenth century and the island had an Italian community right up to the Second World War. Mussolini used this historical connection to twice justify his occupation of Corfu, once briefly in 1923, again in 1941.
Certainly Corfiots courageously protested against the second occupation, a rare thing in Europe at the time, and the island provided the beginnings of the Greek resistance against the 1941-1945 Italian and German occupations of Greece.