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Iron Arm: The Mechanization of Mussolini's Army, 1920-1940
A detailed study of Italy's long-ignored tank force Explores the intersection of technology, war, and society in Mussolini's Italy Second only to Germany in number of tank divisions, first to create an armored corps Though overshadowed by Germany's more famous Afrika Korps, Italian tanks formed a large part of the Axis armored force that the Allies confronted--and ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published December 20th 2006 by Stackpole Books
(first published September 25th 1980)
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A fascinating look at the development of the Italian armored forces between the interwar years. It also provides an illuminating look at the Italian military-industrial complex during that time frame and helps to explain how a military with advance armored doctrine (at the time) was undercut by lack of natural resources and industry to match it. Basically Italy invented what would become famously known as the "German blitzkrieg", but lacked the ability to actually carry out their plans and ...more
A great history on the development of the Italian armored forces from a largely policy, military, and industrial thought progression. There is not much in the way of discussion of actual armored force use. The book does provide wonderful insight as to why Italian armored forces weren't more of a force to be reckoned with even though they were well ahead of most everyone else in theoretical use during the interwar years.