At its peak the Italian Army contributed 2.5 million troops to the Axis war effort. 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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Table of Contents
The Italian Army in Africa, 1940 · The MVSN · Colonial troops · Campaigns - East Africa 1940-41; Libya 1940-42; Tunisia 1942-43. · Uniforms, Insignia, Personal Equipment · Commentary on the Colour Artwork · Index