At its top the Italian military contributed 2.5 million troops to the Axis battle attempt of worldwide conflict II (1939-1945). English-speaking readers are inclined to ponder this military by way of 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 international locations; and Italy despatched 250,000 troops to struggle at the Russian entrance. during this, the 1st of a three-part learn, Philip Jowett covers the eu theatre - together with Russia - from 1940 to Italy's armistice with the Allies in 1943. Many attention-grabbing uniforms, a few them new to so much readers, are meticulously illustrated by means of Stephen Andrew.
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