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Mussolini's War series

Mensaje por Marek Sobski » Dom Dic 27, 2020 9:41 am

¡Hola a todos!

I wanted to introduce myself, my book series and its first volume.

“Mussolini's War” series of publications is aimed to deal in a matter-of-fact way with the unfair, racist myth of the Italian being a cowardly soldier by birth. It will discuss in a substantive way the campaigns fought by the Italian forces on the ground, at sea and in the air during the reign of Benito Mussolini, the dictator. Reader-friendly language style, descriptions of previously neglected or unknown operations and actions, a lot of space devoted to the most important heroes of the events in question – the rank-and-file - all this makes these books dedicated to readers of all levels of historical knowledge and a guarantee of pleasant time spent reading. The painfully honest account of the weaknesses of the Italian military, in which however, we do not forget about the numerous examples of unprecedented heroism and endurance of the Italians, is based on references on the topic published worldwide, thanks to which we avoid mythologisation, which can often be noticed in other works. It is the first time that the subject is presented comprehensively in the English language.

Volume I is "East Africa 1940-1941 (land campaign): The Italian Army Defends The Empire In The Horn Of Africa" available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PC7FYMV (and every other marketplace)

When the Kingdom of Italy entered the war in Europe in June 1940, it did so only for a moment to hasten the fall of France and force Britain to the peace negotiations table. With each subsequent month it was turning out that the Italians had got involved in a war that was not going to have a quick and victorious end, and the state of their own unpreparedness for the conflict was shocking.

Due to the Italian colonial possessions, the war also spread to East Africa, so distant for Europeans. This is where the situation of the Italian forces turned out to be the most difficult. The troops fighting there, mostly consisting of natives, were disastrously poorly armed, trained only for the purposes of colonial warfare or maintaining internal order in the colonies, cut off from supplies by neighbouring French and British possessions, and the Italian high command lacked the abilities of waging regular campaign. The British Empire, too, began the battle for the Horn of Africa poorly prepared, but quickly realised the importance of this campaign, namely the safety of its own lines of communication across the Red Sea, the Nile and Africa. Having quickly mobilised its forces, it proceeded to eliminate the Italian threat in this part of the world.

This work presents in detail the campaign that lasted until November 1941, in which soldiers of about twenty nationalities from three continents fought on both sides for the colonial interests of Italy and Britain. The campaign in East Africa is not only about the frontline combat, it is also a brutal war between Italians and Ethiopian partisans. We also present issues such as the economic situation of Italian East Africa, the fate of the Italians inhabiting it, the history of the countries that constituted it after the campaign ended, and the Italian underground resistance, whose flame was smouldering up to the very armistice between Italy and the Allies.

Marek Sobski, a graduate of the University of Zielona Góra, is a historian. Author of several books (including some published in English like "Lictorian Fasces Over England. Regia Aeronautica In Action Against Britain 1940–1941" and the two-volume "Crickets Against Rats. Regia Aeronautica In The Spanish Civil War"), as well as articles in specialist magazines. Since late 2011, he has been a promoter of interest in the history of the Italian military in the first half of the 20th century, and his expertise has been made available to readers of the "Mussolini's War" blog and on social media.

Please wish me good luck!

Best regards,

Marek Sobski

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Re: Mussolini's War series

Mensaje por José Luis » Lun Dic 28, 2020 9:33 am

Hi, Marek!

You wrote in the introduction to your book: “This study makes use of references published worldwide, including articles in specialist periodicals...Therefore, when selecting the reference material for the work, we focuse in adquiring the latest studies, which are definitely distinguished by quality. We provide a full bibliography separately...”.

As I don't have access to the bibliography chapter, may I ask you what Italian bibliography has been used for this work? Is there any primary or secundary source from the Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito (Ufficio Storico) on military operations such as Alberto Rovighi's Le Operazioni in Africa Orientale (1995)?

Thanks in advance.
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JL
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Re: Mussolini's War series

Mensaje por Marek Sobski » Lun Dic 28, 2020 10:23 am

José Luis escribió:
Lun Dic 28, 2020 9:33 am
Hi, Marek!

You wrote in the introduction to your book: “This study makes use of references published worldwide, including articles in specialist periodicals...Therefore, when selecting the reference material for the work, we focuse in adquiring the latest studies, which are definitely distinguished by quality. We provide a full bibliography separately...”.

As I don't have access to the bibliography chapter, may I ask you what Italian bibliography has been used for this work? Is there any primary or secundary source from the Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito (Ufficio Storico) on military operations such as Alberto Rovighi's Le Operazioni in Africa Orientale (1995)?

Thanks in advance.
Best regards,
JL
Hi!

Full bibliography:

Books:

Alpozzi, A., Il faro di Mussolini, 001 Edizioni, Turin, 2015
Breccia, G., Nei secoli fedele - le battaglie dei Carabinieri 1814-2014, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milan, 2014
Brett-James, A., Ball of fire: The Fifth Indian Division in the Second World War, Gale & Polden, Aldershot, 1951
Carnimeo, N., Cheren - 1 febbraio - 27 marzo 1941, Edizioni Effepi, Genoa, 2009
Costantini, M., and Costantini, F., Cheren - La fine dell'Impero - La Dien Bien Phu italiana, Roberto Chiaramonte Editore, Collegno, 2010
Del Boca, A., Gli italiani in Africa orientale. III. La caduta dell'impero, Mondadori, Milan, 1992
Di Colloredo Mels, P. R., Camicia Nera! Storia militare della Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale dalle orgini al 25 luglio, Soldiershop Publishing Storia, Zanica, 2017
Di Colloredo Mels, P. R., Per vincere ci vogliamo i leoni... I fronti dimenticati delle Camice Nere, Soldiershop Publishing Storia, Zanica, 2019
Di Lalla, F., Sotto due bandiere. Lotta di liberazione etiopica e resistenza italiana in Africa Orientale, Solfanelli, Chieti, 2016
Dominioni, M., Lo sfascio dell'impero - Gli italiani in Etiopia 1936-1941, Editori Laterza, Bari, 2008
Ferrara, O., Italiani nelle guerre d'Africa, IBN Editore, Rome, 2012
Ferrara, O., La Regia Aeronautica nella campagnia del Somaliland - 3-19 agosto 1940, IBN Editore, Rome, 2016
Francis, J., Short Stories from the British Indian Army, Vij Books, Delhi, 2015
Franz, M., Burza nad Morzem Srodziemnym - Wojna się rozpoczyna, Napoleon V, Oswiecim, 2016
Jennings, E. T., Free French Africa in World War II - The African Resistance, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015
Killingray, D., Fighting for Britain - African Soldiers in the Second World War, James Currey, Woodbridge, 2010
Lazzarini, M., Eritrea, Etiopia – A.O.I. Africa Orientale Italiana, Italia Editrice New, Foggia, 2009
Loffredo, R., Cheren. 31 Genaio-27 Marzo 1941, Club degli editori, Milan, 1973
Lupinacchi, P. F., and Cocchia, A., La Marina Italiana nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Vol. X - Le operazioni in Africa Orientale, USMM, Rome, 1961
Malizia, N. La Regia Aeronautica nella 2a Guerra Mondiale, IBN Editore, Rome, 2013
Mazurczak, W., Kolonializm i wojna, Wydawnictwo Poznanskie, Poznan, 1999
McNab, D., Mission 101 - The Untold Story of the SOE and the Second World War in Ethiopia, The History Press, Brimscombe Port, 2012
Meleca, V., Storie di uomini, di navi e di guerra nel Mar delle Dahlak, Greco&Greco editori, Milan, 2012
Mockler, A., Haile Selassie's War, Signal Books, Oxford, 2003
Lieut.-Colonel Moyse-Bartlett, H., The King's African Rifles - a study in the military history of East and Central Africa, 1890-1945, The Naval & Military Press, Uckfield, 2002
Montagnon, P., Historia Legii Cudzoziemskiej - Od 1831 roku do wspolczesnosci, Wydawnictwo Dolnoslaskie, Wroclaw, 2006
Orpen, N. N. D., East African and Abyssinian Campaigns, Purnell and Sons, Cape Town, 1968
Page, M., King's African Rifles, Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2011
Pedriali, F., L'aeronautica italiana nelle guerre coloniali. Africa Orientale Italiana 1936-1940, Ufficio Storico Aeronautica Militare, Rome, 2000
Peduzzi, V., La Divisione Alpina Pusteria. Dall'Africa Orientale al Montenegro, Ugo Mursia Editore S.p.A., Milan, 1992
Piekalkiewicz, J., Wojna w Afryce 1940-1943, Agencja Wydawnicza Jerzy Mostowski, Warsaw, 2007
Piekalkiewicz, J., Wojna na morzu 1939-1945, Agencja Wydawnicza Jerzy Mostowski, Warsaw, 2002
Piekalkiewicz, J., Wojna Kawalerii, Agencja Wydawnicza Jerzy Mostowski, Warsaw, 2003
Major-General Playfair, I.S.O., The Mediterranean and Middle East Volume I, The Naval & Military Press Ltd, Uckfield, 2004
Major-General Playfair, I.S.O., The Mediterranean and Middle East Volume II, The Naval & Military Press Ltd, Uckfield, 2004
Playfair, I.S.O., Pierwsze walki brytyjsko-wloskie 1939-1941, Napoleon V, Oswiecim, 2014
Prasad, B., and Litt, D., East African Campaign, 1940-41, Combined Inter-Services Historical Section (India & Pakistan), 1963
Quirico, D., Squadrone Bianco. Storia delle truppe coloniali italiane. Mondandori, Milan, 2002
Raghavan, S., India's War - the making of modern South Asia 1939-1945, Allen Lane, Milton Keynes, 2016
Rochat, G., Wlochy na wojnie 1935-1943 - od podboju Etiopii do kleski, Napoleon V, Oswiecim, 2015
Rovighi, A., Le operazioni in Africa Orientale, SME - Ufficio Storico, Rome, 1995
Shirreef, D., Bare feet and bandoliers - Wingate, Sandford, the patriots and the part they played in the liberation of Ethiopia, Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2009
Solarz, J., Afryka Wschodnia 1935-41, Militaria, Warsaw, 2003
Solarz, J., Matilda 1939-1945, Militaria, Warsaw, 2008
Speroni, G., Amadeo duca d'Aosta - La resa dell'Amba Alagi e la morte in prigionia nei documenti segreti inglesi, Rusconi Libri S.p.A., Milan, 1984
Stewart, A., The First Victory - The Second World War and the East Africa campaign, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016
Sutherland, J., and Canwell, D., Air War East Africa 1940-1941 - The RAF versus the Italian Air Force, Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2009
Toriello, M., 1882-1941, La Cavaleria Italiana in Africa Orientale, ABEditore s.r.l., Milan, 2014
Trye, R.J., Zolnierze Mussoliniego, Bellona, Warsaw, 2000
Veranneman de Watervliet, J-M., Belgium in the Second World War, Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2014
Volterra, A., Sudditi Coloniali - Ascari eritrei 1935-1941, FrancoAngeli s.r.l., Milan, 2005

Periodicals:

Cernuschi, E., La rivalita anglo-italiana nel Mar Rosso, [In:] Storia Militare Issue No. 16 and 17
Cernuschi, E., La rivalita anglo-italiana nel Oceano Indiano, [In:] Storia Militare Issue No. 34 and 35
Cuomo, V., La battaglia del passo di Culquaber, [In:] Storia Militare Issue No. 11
Ferrara, O., La II Guerra Mondiale in Africa Orientale (Anno 1940), [In:] La Guerra Italiana - L'Italia nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale Vol. 3
Ferrara, O., La II Guerra Mondiale in Africa Orientale (Anno 1941 - Prima parte), [In:] La Guerra Italiana - L'Italia nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale Vol. 5
Ghergo, G. F., Somalia Britannica 1940, [In:] Storia Militare Issue No. 234
Kubiak, K., Zajecie Somali Brytyjskiego przez Wlochow w 1940 r., [In:] Kwartalnik Bellona Issue No. 2/2012
Molendowski, L., Niemcy w Afryce Wschodniej 1940-1941 - Compagnia Autocarrata Tedesca, [In:] Poligon Issue No. 3(26)/2011
Molendowski, L., Wloski Hubal, [In:] Uwazam ze historia Issue No. 7/2013
O'Hara, V., and Cernuschi, E., Red Sea Naval War, [In:] WWII History Issue No. 3/2010
Pannullo, A., A.O.I. 1940-1941, [In:] Seconda Guerra Mondiale Issue Apr/Mag/Giu 2018
Skotnicki, M., Tankietki Carro Veloce C.V.33 i C.V.35, [In:] Nowa Technika Wojskowa Issue No. 11/1999
Skotnicki, M., Carro Veloce C.V.33 i C.V.35 w sluzbie Regio Esercito, [In:] Poligon Issue No. 1/2007
Snelling, S., A stranger to fear. VC tank killer of Colito, [In:] Britain at War Issue February 2016
Wrobel, T.. Afryka Wschodnia 1940-1941: imperialne marzenia Duce, [In:] Wojsko i Technika Historia Issue No. 4/2017 and 5/2017

Best regards,

Marek Sobski

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Re: Mussolini's War series

Mensaje por José Luis » Lun Dic 28, 2020 10:27 am

Thank you very much.

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JL
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Re: Mussolini's War series

Mensaje por Marek Sobski » Sab Ene 30, 2021 10:06 am

Hi!

First review: https://comandosupremo.com/forums/index ... #post-3114

In preparation Vol. 2: "Mussolini's Eastern Crusade. Italian Expeditionary Corps In Operation Barbarossa" :)

Color version of maps from "East Africa 1940-1941..." for download: https://files.fm/u/b8x6p4xrs

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Mensaje por Marek Sobski » Mié Oct 06, 2021 2:29 pm

¡Hola a todos!

Mussolini’s Eastern Crusade: The Italian Expeditionary Corps In Operation Barbarossa (Mussolini's War vol. 2) is now available: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GPYLYXC

Color version of maps for download: https://files.fm/u/aceva9jf8

Benito Mussolini was an exceptionally hot-headed politician. No wonder then that when reports from various sources began to reach him about the invasion of the Soviet Union planned by Adolf Hitler, in the blink of an eye he made the decision to accompany his friend in this new venture. The news of the enormous successes of the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front only reinforced the decision to send representatives of the Italian armed forces to Russia in the form of the Expeditionary Corps (Corpo di Spedizione Italiano in Russia; CSIR). It was one of the most disastrous decisions of the Duce, which in time directly contributed to the collapse of the fascist regime, as the number of victims and brutality of the fighting in the east terrified the Italian public opinion, which never looked at war in such a total way as it was in the 3rd Reich or USSR.

In early July 1941, three Italian divisions and a Blackshirt Legion began their journey into the unknown. There, soldiers were to fight against a completely unknown opponent, among peoples and ethnicities of the Soviet Union oppressed by red terror and living on the verge of poverty. Italians also quickly understood that their enemy would be the climate, regardless of the season. Nevertheless, they proudly represented their country, and the period discussed in the book was indeed a time of heavy fighting, but also successes, which for Italian troops were so often missing in World War Two. At the same time, the first symptoms of impending catastrophe appeared. CSIR logistics turned out to be ineffective, the enemy's reserves of manpower seemed to be endless, and in terms of the quality and availability of weapons, he quickly began to outperform the Italians.

The book covers the first period of Italian involvement on the Eastern Front: CSIR's participation in Operation “Barbarossa” and the Soviet counteroffensive in the winter of 1941/1942. The basis for the decision to increase the Italian participation to the level of an entire army (the 8th Army, commonly known as Armata Italiana in Russia - ARMIR) is also presented. One of the chapters is also devoted to the aviation component, which was subordinated to the command of the CSIR.

1.Transfer of Corpo di Spedizione Italiano from Italy to the concentration area in Romania.

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2. Corpo di Spedizione Italiano positions as of August 13, 1941.

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3. Battle of Petrykivka (September 28-30, 1941).

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4. March of Corpo di Spedizione Italiano over the Volchya River and the capture of Pavlograd.

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5. The participation of Corpo di Spedizione Italiano in the capture of the Donetsk Basin.

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6. Operation of the seizure of Gorlovka and Rykove by Corpo di Spedizione Italiano.

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7. Italian offensive in the Tchasepetivka area.

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8. Christmas Battle (December 25-27, 1941).

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