The Italian Army in North Africa: A Poor Fighting Force or Doomed by Circumstance

ISBN: 9781781556740
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Although the Italian Army earned Allied admiration at Tobruk, Gazala and El Alamein, it was dogged by a lack of resources and leadership.

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  • Previously unpublished analysis of why and how the Italians fought

  • A look at the role the Italian Army played in North Africa as part of the Deutsches Afrika Korps (German Afrika Korps)

  • In spite of poor leadership, the Italian soldier performed well against all odds in North Africa

  • Profusely illustrated with many rare and unpublished images

    The German soldier has impressed the world, however, the Italian Bersagliere soldier has impressed the German soldier.
    Erin Rommel aka ‘The Desert Fox’

    When most people think of the Italian Army in North Africa during the Second World War, they tend to believe that the average Italian soldier offered little resistance to the Allies before surrendering.

    Many suggest that the Italian Army performed in a cowardly manner during the war: the reality is not so simple. The question remains as to whether the Italians were cowards or victims of circumstance.

    While the Italian soldier’s commitment to the war was not as great as that of his German counterpart, many Italians fought bravely.

    The Italian Littorio and Ariete Divisions earned Allied admiration at Tobruk, Gazala and EI Alamein.

    The Italian Army played a significant role as part of the German Afrika Korps and made up a large portion of the Axis combat power in North Africa during 1941 and 1942.

    In the interest of determining how the Italian Army earned the reputation that it did, it is necessary to analyse why and how the Italians fought.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781556740
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback
    PAGES 208 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 10 August 2018
    ILLUSTRATIONS 34 black-and-white photographs



    Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr. is an award-winning writer/editor with over 25 years’ experience and is the author of over 150 published articles and three books. Zapotoczny Jr. is a contributing writer and reviewer for several international publications and is a former historian with the US Army, specialising in military history and Holocaust studies. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in world military history and a Master of Arts with honours in global history from the American Public University.