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Hitler's Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940-1943 (Hardback)
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Hitler's Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940-1943 (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/10/2000
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521790475
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book is important to an understanding of how and why Italy collapsed during World War II." -Washington Post
"MacGregor Knox's excellent study of Italy's defeat mercilessly reveals faliure on all fronts...Knox expertly paints a depressing and,, with very few exceptions, uniform picture of faliure of the Italian army, navy, and air force." -Miliary History
"[A] valuable introduction to a neglected aspect of World War II." -Booklist
"...thoughtful and well researched..." -Library Journal
"Cool, matter-of-fact..." -Publishers Weekly
"Knox tells the story clearly and concisely and his analysis of the weaknesses of the Italian military is likely to convince anyone who has witnessed the workings of Italian society...Knox's book poses interesting questions and convincingly critiques the operations of Italy's pre-war military establishment." -International History Review
"A brief but cogent examination of Italy in World War II. Knox, whose talents were recently displayed in Common Destiny, a dual history of Germany and Italy, hones in here on the Italian side, his main field of expertise...This book is important to an understanding of how and why Italy collapsed during World War II." -Washington Post Book World
"A necessary addition to World War II...Excellent... leaves the reader wanting more anecdotal information and first-hand accounts from officers and enlisted men." -The Ocala Star-Banner (FL)
"This concise analytical study will be of much value to readers who are interested in the military relationship between Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany during the period when they were allies." -The Historian
"...the survey of the Italian Armed Forces during World War II, manages to look deeply into its organizational, technological, doctrinal, and tactical shortcomings, as well as its leadership and cultural problems, while rebutting the wartime Allied propaganda. A very useful work for anyone interested in the Second World War." -NYMAS Newsletter

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