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Some myths concerning Italian leadership, morale and combat performance

Italian Fiat M1340 tanks in the North African Campaign in 1941.

There are several enduring myths about the Italians in the Second World War that have been largely created by the Anglo-American-German fraternity. In my research it appears that many Anglo-American historians have simply taken German disparaging, prejudiced accounts of their Axis partners – the Italians – on face value and to heart. For example, the […]

Italian Folgore at El Alamein: Unbreakable

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The Folgore has often received praise and admiration for the bravery they displayed during the fighting at El Alamein.

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The Bologna Division: 19 November – 10 December, 1941

A Breda 20mm MG crew taking combat position under enemy fire. Photo Credit: ww2incolor.com

The Bologna Division had taken such losses in its attempt to contain the Tobruk garrison that a lesser commander might have called it quits.

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The Battle of Bir el Gubi

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The Battle of Bir el Gubi, also known as Bir el Gobi, would earn an honored place in Italian military history.

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Graziani vs. Rommel

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Graziani and Rommel led two very different armies in the North Africa front, and in turn, the options they had were not the same. To base any comparison between the success of Erwin Rommel and the failure of Graziani’s Italian forces prior to the German involvement is simply flawed.