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At its height the Italian military contributed 2.5 million troops to the Axis conflict attempt of worldwide battle II (1939-1945). English-speaking readers are likely to think about this military when it comes to the North African crusade; yet way more Italian troops served in different theatres. They invaded, and later bore the most important burden of occupying, the Balkan nations; and Italy despatched 250,000 troops to struggle at the Russian entrance. during this, the 1st of a three-part examine, 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 so much readers, are meticulously illustrated by way of Stephen Andrew.

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