'Garibaldi's successes in Sicily and Naples were due more to favourable circumstances than to exceptional generalship' How far do you agree?

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  • 'Garibaldi's successes in Sicily and Naples were due more to favourable circumstances than to exceptional generalship' How far do you agree?
    • Sicily- British commander
      • The only way the two steamers were able to land in Marsala was because they arrived at the same time as a detachment the  British navy
      • The local commander thought he was under British protection so refrained from attacking
      • Most of the red shirts had evacuated by the time he realised the error with only a few casualties
    • Sicily- defeat of Neapolitan army on way to Palermo
      • hand-to-hand fighting in pouring rain.
      • Took strength and willpower. Example of Garibaldi's ruthlessness and devotion.
    • Naples- earlier revolts
      • Left much of the island in a state
      • bands of peasants were roaming about looking for revenge against Neopolitan troops and oppressive landlords
      • Success was therefore accelerated due to the caution of officers who were worried about possible ambushes of their men by bandits and peasants
      • Mainly against King of Naples
    • Getting to Naples
      • Was not a favourable circumstance- he was blocked from crossing straits of Messina but managed to get past (Aug 1860)
      • Heavily outnumbered on land on way to Naples.
    • Situation on arrival in Naples
      • King of Naples had fled the city so it surrendered
  • AGREE
  • DISAGREE
  • Naples- earlier revolts
    • Left much of the island in a state
    • bands of peasants were roaming about looking for revenge against Neopolitan troops and oppressive landlords
    • Success was therefore accelerated due to the caution of officers who were worried about possible ambushes of their men by bandits and peasants
    • Mainly against King of Naples

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