Hitler first considered an invasion of Great Britain in autumn 1940, then scheduled Operation Barbarossa, the conquest of the European part of the Soviet Union, for May 1941. Anxious to emulate Hitler's successes, the Italian dictator Mussolini embarked upon unnecessary military adventures in North Africa and the Balkans, which forced Hitler's intervention, diverting and depleting precious German resources, and a six-week postponement of Barbarossa. In this second of four volumes [Men-at-Arms 311, 316, 326 & 330] on the German Army of the Second World War, Nigel Thomas examines the uniforms and insignia of the forces involved in North Africa and the Balkans. Men-at-Arms 311, 316, 326, 330 and 336 are also available in a single volume special edition titled 'German Army in World War II'.
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Table of Contents
The Context of the North African and Balkan Campaigns · Foreign Volunteers · The Strategy in North Africa · Army Uniform in North Africa · Orders of Dress · Uniforms and Insignia of Foreign Volunteers · The Strategy in the Balkans · Army Uniform in the Balkans · Other Insignia · The Plates