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Italian soldier in North Africa 1941-43

Author: P Crociani; Pier Paolo Battistelli; Steve Noon
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2013.
Series: Warrior series, 169.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on the Italian Army in North Africa during World War II, which fought alongside the Afrikakorps under Rommel versus Montgomery and Patton, this title combines with the previous Warrior series books on the subject (and other Osprey titles) to complete the picture of the War in the Desert. Despite the attention paid to the Afrikakorps over the years, it was the numerically far superior forces of the Italian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P Crociani; Pier Paolo Battistelli; Steve Noon
ISBN: 9781780968551 1780968558
OCLC Number: 828893104
Description: 64 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction /Chronology /Conscription and Enlistment /Training /Appearance /Weapons and Equipment /Belief and Belonging /Conditions of Service /On Campaign /The Aftermath of Battle /Collections and Museums
Series Title: Warrior series, 169.
Responsibility: P. Crociani and P.P. Battistelli ; illustrated by Steve Noon.

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Despite the attention paid to the Afrikakorps over the years, it was the numerically far superior forces of the Italian Army that held the line and formed the bulk of the fighting power available to  Read more...

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