I got you guys mixed up. Sorry, man."I" just realized that "I" never originally was first to write the Italians were trashed. I wrote and I thought carefully, that the Italians were struggling against massive odds.
In my own defense, it might seem that "trashed" might be inferred, but I never intended or actually wrote that intent except (^^^) as an explanation for a naval disaster that was a nadir from which to recover.