Italian Blackshirt 1935-1945 by P Crociani and PP Battisteli

One of the biggest myths of the years leading up to the Second World War is that of Germany being the first Facist State. We all know that after the failure of the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 Hitler eventually came to power in 1933. Most people seem to assume that Italy became fascist on Germany’s coat-tails, but while Hitler was languishing in prison for his role in the failed putsch, Mussolini was already established as the head of the fascist Government. Hence fascism had a much longer history in Italy than it did in Germany.

As with most totalitarian regimes, Mussolini depended on loyal, committed and trustyworthy stormtroopers to seize power, and then to maintain it. Think of the Praetorian Guard. Step forward the Blackshirts – the counterparts of their much more famous German cousins, the Brownshirts. They had their ancestry in the action squads of the fascist party, and soon after coming to power in 1922 Mussolini organised them into a paramilitary force.

As with the SS, the Blackshirts went on to fight as conventional troops in Ethiopa, the Spanish Civil War, and then in a range of theatres after Italy’s entry into the war in 1940. Perhaps most well known was Italy’s involvement in the North African War, and least well known is the Italian cotingent who fought on the Eastern Front. Another great myth about the war is the performance of Italian troops – popular wisdom tells us that they all ran away. Having looked at the Blackshirts, however, I doubt very much whether these politically loyal, fearsome looking men ever did much running away.

This book follows the tried-and-tested Osprey concept of experts covering a particlar unit or battle in amazing detail. Particularly for a oftenn ignored aspect of the war, such as the Blackshirts, this approach really pays dividends. Perhaps this might not have the general appeal to a wide audience, but as someone who really does not know enough about Italy’s role in the war, reading this book has filled the gap nicely. Theres an Osprey book for every gap!

Italian Blackshirt 1935-1945 is published by Osprey Books

About these ads

10 Comments

Filed under Book of the Week, World War Two

10 responses to “Italian Blackshirt 1935-1945 by P Crociani and PP Battisteli

  1. More for the point, choosing ideal equipment loans present you which has a great deal of
    tax advantagesno small feat for newly established businesses my website by and huge, the roll-out of representative apr hasn’t
    had an enormous effect on the rates that a majority of
    companies are showing.

  2. Creating a custom Iphone ringtone is a pretty easy procedure.
    There are some extremely good businesses in
    the market today that provide you with these ensures and much more.
    You will require the IMEI for performing all this.

  3. This post will assist the internet users for creating new blog or even a weblog from
    start to end.

  4. Among all the Indian cars, Maruti Zen comes embedded with one of the best
    experience car eyelashes and make a note that they are bad.
    To make the right decision but buyers keep missing it all the way to buy
    that used car.

  5. Common sense is meant by fashion sense.

  6. In fact, you can get the iphone five via pay as you go carriers Cricket and Virgin Mobile.
    It is important to always keep your Apple iphone in leather case
    to make sure its sturdiness.

  7. I just could not leave your site before suggesting that I extremely loved the standard information a person provide in your visitors?

    Is gonna be back steadily to check up on new posts

  8. Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks can be a great emotional and delicate movie.
    This movie just more recognized him as a key action
    movie star. It’s going to sweep the nation, one backalley at
    a time!

  9. The work of saving these shows without proper consent is illegal but people
    get it done. They vary regarding content; they possibly
    thriller shows, cartoons, comedies or kid shows.

  10. Furthermore, they’re saved online and you can get
    to view those shows that are not on DVD yet. In the present ongoing desire for reality in the films, nothing
    seems to be censored or offlimits.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s