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by Ian W. Walker

  • ISBN: 1861266464
  • Category: History
  • Author: Ian W. Walker
  • Subcategory: Military
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press (March 22, 2004)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • FB2 size: 1781 kb
  • EPUB size: 1831 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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In "Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts ", author Ian W. Walker takes a deep look at whether the Italian’s ground troop’s . Walker takes a deep look at whether the Italian’s ground troop’s poor fighting reputation in World War II was truly deserved. This book does a good job providing a full view of the Italian armored units and gives the reader a more nuanced view of the fighting, and shows that without large number of Italians fighting at their side, the far less numerical Germans would not have been able to win their spectacular victories in Libya and Egypt, before their eventual defeat.

The campaign in North Africa during World War Two was one of the most important of the conflict. But the part played by Mussolini's Italian troops, and in particular the armoured divisions, in support of the Germans is not so well known.

Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts. The campaign in North Africa during World War Two was one of the most important of the conflict. Indeed, the author is able to show that on many occasions the presence and performance of the Italian armoured divisions was crucial to the success of the axis campaign. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. See a Problem? We’d love your help.

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The campaign in North Africa during WWII was one of the most important of the conflict. The allies fought for control of North Africa against the German Afrika Korps led by Rommel. But the part played by Mussolini's Italian troops, and in particular the armored divisions, in support of the Germans is not so well known. This painstakingly researched book looks in detail at the role of Mussolini's three armored divisions - Ariete, Littorio and Centauro - and the invaluable part they played in Rommel's offensive between 1941 and 1943. Indeed, the author is able to show that on many occasions the presence and performance of the Italian armored divisions was crucial to the success of the axis campaign.
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BeatHoWin
In "Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts ", author Ian W. Walker takes a deep look at whether the Italian’s ground troop’s poor fighting reputation in World War II was truly deserved. He selects the Italian armored units to analyze in North Africa from 1940 to 1943, as these units were as elite as any other Italian ground pounder in World War II.

Although on average the Italian mobile divisions were not as good as the Germans and British ones, the authors point out why this was initially so, while also showing the improvements they made over time, so that by the end of this period, they were every bit as good as their contemporaries once you adjust expectations because their smaller size and obsolescent equipment. The poor reputation of World War II Italian fighting men that carries forward to this day was cemented in the losses the Italians suffered in 1940, and as the authors show, was a result of many factors: obsolescent/obsolete equipment, very poor leadership both at the national level and within armed forces, an inadequate industrial base, as well as wartime and post-war propaganda by the British and Germans. However, the Italians performed better after 1940, although they seldom received the credit they earned.

The book is well-organized and well-written, and provides a great deal of information on the Italian armed forces in general and on how Italian armored doctrine and tank development specifically evolved from inception through the Axis surrender in North Africa in 1943. The descriptions and analysis of the fighting during the desert war clearly show the strengths and weakness of the Italian soldiers, and provide a more balanced portrayal of their true combat capabilities. The 8 pages of black and white period pictures were also interesting, and would be useful to modelers.

This book does a good job providing a full view of the Italian armored units and gives the reader a more nuanced view of the fighting, and shows that without large number of Italians fighting at their side, the far less numerical Germans would not have been able to win their spectacular victories in Libya and Egypt, before their eventual defeat. I strongly recommend this book. Five stars.
Qwert
"..our poor M 13's with their 47mm guns could never be effective against them, ( allied Shermans Grants and valentines), we could only hope to hit their tracks to immobilize them; our shells just bounced off their armor. We did every thing possible giving our very best.... we had no chance."
So wrote Antonio Tomba , tank driver, Italian Ariete division during the final stages of the Battle of El Alamein, November 1942.
During that great battle there was no shortage of bravery and sacrifice from the men on either side of the opposing forces, but imagine if you will what courage it must of taken to enter into a fight that you knew you could not win, not from a lack of courage or a will to fight , but with antiquated equipment.

Ian M. Walker has done a superb job of bringing to light the bravery and sacrifice of the Italian soldier, so many times maligned as incompetent, cowardly and comical, by the Allied propaganda machine.
In his book Mr Walker brings to light details which for whatever reasons were not published before... his handling of the historical material takes the reader through the battles and more so the attitudes and mind set of the soldiers who fought them. He uses personal diaries of the men as well as after action reports sparingly but most effectively to keep the reader in touch with the "on the ground" experiences of those who took part.
I have never been more proud of my Italian heritage as i was after finishing this book.... i highly recommend this to any one.

Amazon delivered this to me, here in Australia, in timely fashion and up to now i have not had cause to find any fault on their part
Nuliax
As the author says in his book, many military historians ignore or complete underrate Italy's contribution to the war in North Africa. In fact, it was the Italians who provided most of the Axis forces in North Africa, especially at the beginning of Rommel's counteroffensive. Poorly equipped by the standards of Germany, Britain and the U.S. the Italians nonetheless made war with what they had. The Italians might have been defeated but when well-led they fought as well as any WWII soldier.

Ian Walker really brings to life the difficulties encountered by the Italians, the deficiency of their equipment and (most important of all) WHY their equipment was deficient. Walker goes beyond the stereotype of the Italian soldier and then goes beyond THAT in way of explaination as to how and why he was in the predicament he was in in Africa. Anyone interested in the desert war will want this book.

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