Badoglio Hitler asked to meet with him at a meeting in northern Italy, which was supposed to attend the king. Hitler replied that he saw no need for such a meeting, because he recently had a long meeting and discussed everything with Mussolini. The main reason for its refusal was the fact that he suspected that they want to lure him to Italy in order to capture. Badoglio government was in an unenviable position. Air raids continued and caused severe food shortages in different parts of the country. In Northern Italy and Puglia have been social unrest, fueled by the Communists, the people demanded a speedy end of the war. The Allies were extremely hostile, all feared that the Germans possess Rome. However, before the military leaders were still difficult to solve the problem. First of all, they called five divisions in the area of ??Rome, not to allow the Germans to take action against the city. These troops erected barricades and stood directly in front of the two German divisions near Rome. You could not afford to let this state of affairs lasted for a long time. While the Italians were afraid of a German attack, Hitler feared that his troops would be destroyed.