The Italian Army 1940-45 (2): Africa 1940-43
At its peak the Italian Army contributed 2.5 million troops to the Axis war effort during World War II (1939-1945). In addition to its major role in North Africa, Italy's army invaded, and later bore the main burden of occupying, the Balkan countries. Italy also sent 250,000 men to fight on the Russian Front. In this second book of a three-part study Philip Jowett covers the organisation, uniforms and insignia of the Italian troops committed to both the North African campaign, and the often neglected East African fighting of 1940-41, including the colourful colonial units. Stephen Andrew's meticulous colour plates illustrate a wide range of uniforms.
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ITALYS PARALLEL WAR
COLONIAL TROOPS 194043
agencies before becoming
8th Army African Div Alamein Alpini Arabo-Somali Ariete Armd Armoured Division Artillery Arty battle BATTLE OF KEREN Bersaglieri black shoulder boards Blackshirt blue breeches Brescia brick red British brown leather bustina camiciotto Sahariano campaign Carcano chevrons collar Colonial Bns Colonial troops colours command continental uniform crew cuff desert divisional Dubat El Alamein equipment Eritrean Eritrean Cav Ethiopia Fascist fighting Folgore German Granatieri di Savoia grey-green wool Guastatori headgear Indian Div Inf Div Italian Army Italian East Africa Italian forces jacket large numbers Libyan light khaki linen Mareth line Meharisti Tripolitania Motorised MVSN native troops North Africa officers Parachute paratroopers Pavia Polizia dell'Africa Italiana pouches puttees Raggruppamento rank insignia Regiment rifle Rommel Sahariana sash Soldato soldiers Somaliland stars steel helmet tabusc tanks Tobruk Trento Trieste Tripolitania tropical helmet tropical tunic tropical uniform trousers Tunisia units upper sleeves visored wearing wore worn XX Corps