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Hitler's Italian allies: royal armed forces, fascist regime, and the war of 1940–1943

Knox, MacGregor (2009) Hitler's Italian allies: royal armed forces, fascist regime, and the war of 1940–1943. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521747134

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Abstract

This book explains why the Italian armed forces and Fascist regime were so remarkably ineffectual at an activity-war-that was central to their existence. Italy's economic fragility, Mussolini's strategic-ideological fantasies, and Hitler's failure in the wider war made Italy's ruin inevitable, but did not determine its peculiarly undignified character. Hitler's Italian Allies demonstrates the extent to which Italian military culture-a concept with applications far beyond Fascist Italy-made humiliation inescapable. It offers a striking portrait of a military and industrial establishment largely unable to imagine modern war and of a regime that failed miserably in mobilizing the nation's resources. Above all, it explains why the armed forces, despite the distinguished performance of a few elite units, dissolved prematurely and almost without resistance-in stark contrast to the grim fight to the last cartridge of Hitler's army and the fanatical faithfulness unto death of the troops of Imperial Japan.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 2009 The author
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 15:57
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39617/

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