By Philip Jowett, Stephen Andrew
At its height the Italian military contributed 2.5 million troops to the Axis struggle attempt. English-speaking readers are inclined to ponder this military by way of the North African crusade; yet way more Italian troops served in different theatres. They invaded, and later bore the foremost burden of occupying, the Balkan international locations; and Italy despatched 250,000 troops to struggle at the Russian entrance. during this, the 1st of a three-part learn, Philip Jowett covers the eu theatre - together with Russia - from 1940 to Italy's armistice with the Allies in 1943. Many fascinating uniforms, a couple of them new to such a lot readers, are meticulously illustrated via Stephen Andrew.