Hitler's Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940–1943
Fascist Italy's ultimate defeat was foreordained. It was a pygmy among giants, and Hitler's failure to destroy the Soviet Union in 1941 doomed all three Axis powers. But Italy's defeat was unique; the only asset that it conquered - briefly - with its own unaided forces in the entire Second World War was a dusty and useless corner of Africa, British Somaliland. And Italy's forces dissolved in 1943 almost without resistance, in stark contrast to the grim fight to the last cartridge of Hitler's army or the fanatical faithfulness unto death of the troops of Imperial Japan. This book tries to understand why the Italian armed forces and Fascist regime were so remarkably ineffective at an activity - war - central to their existence. It approaches the issue above all from the perspective of military culture, through analysis of the services' failure to imagine modern warfare and through a topical structure that offers a social-cultural, political, military-economic, strategic, operational, and tactical cross-section of the war effort.
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This book documents the myriad of reasons why the Italian military was set up to fail in the second world war, full of institutionalized, systematic and leader-driven incompetence. There are some ... Read full review
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The ineffectiveness of the Italian armed forces in World War II has long been regarded as a factor in the Axis defeat. Using many Italian sources, Knox (history, London Sch. of Economics; Mussolini ... Read full review
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