Saturday, 28 January 2012

Book review: Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-43

Osprey Elite 99, 2011, Piero Crociani and Pier Paolo Battistelli, illustrations by Johnny Shumate, 64 pages.
This book is supposed to cover a lot, and the result is that it doesn’t cover much at all. There are chapters on armoured and motorized divisions, paratroopers, combat engineers, mountain troops, X Reggimento Arditi, foreign volunteers, blackshirt special units and a short segment on uniforms and personal equipment.
A lot of different units, and when I was finished reading the book I felt that I haven’t learned much at all. Describing so many units in one volume means that the coverage is rather shallow, unfortunately. No, I’m disappointed, and will only give this book a rating of 2 of 5. 

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