This site is to set the record straight about the Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito),  its Royal Navy (Regia Marina) and its  Royal Air-force (Regia Aeronautica) during World War Two — “royal” because the supreme commander  of all the armed forces was the King of Italy, His Majesty King Vittorio Emanuele III even though most day to day responsibilities were handled by the Prime Minister, Benito Mussolini and his Fascist Council of Ministers.

Recommended Reading


Hitler and Mussolini: the secret meetings  by Santi Corvaja

Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts   by Ian W Walker

Mussolini l’alleato   by Dr Renzo de Felice (Note: only available in Italian)

Mussolini’s War: Fascist Italy’s Military Struggles from Africa and Western Europe to the Mediterranean and Soviet Union 1935-45 (2010)  by Frank Joseph.

Regio Esercito: the Italian Royal Army in Mussolini’s Wars 1935-1943  by  Patrick Cloutier

River Wide, Ocean Deep   by Fred Leander  (Note: more to do with ‘Operation Sealion’ – the proposed German invasion of Great Britain).

Sacrifice on the Steppe: the Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad campaign 1942-43  by Hope Hamilton

The War Diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano  1939-1943  by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Note: please read with caution as his diaries have been worked over and corrupted by British intelligence).


Anglo-American bias and the Italo-Greek War of 1940-1941 in The Journal of Military History 58.4 (Oct 1994): 617  by  Dr James Sadkovich

German Military Incompetence Through Italian Eyes in  War In History 1994 1: 39  by Dr. James J. Sadkovich

Italian Morale during the Italo-Greek War of 1940-1941 in War and Society, Volume 12, Number 1 (May 1994),  by  Dr James Sadkovich

Neutrality and War in Italian Policy 1939-40 in  Journal of Contemporary History,  Vol. 9, No. 3 (Jul., 1974), pp. 171-190  by Dr Harry Cliadakis

Of Myths and Men: Rommel and the Italians in North Africa 1940-42 in International History Review,  May 1991,  Vol.13, No.2,  pp. 284 -313  by Dr James Sadkovich

The Dysfunctional Coalition: The Axis Powers and the Eastern Front in World War in The Journal of Military History 60 (October 1996): 711-30  by Dr R.L DiNardo

War and peace: Mussolini’s road to Munich in  Diplomacy & Statecraft,  19 Oct 2007. pp 160-190  by Dr Bruce Strang


Highly Recommended Reading of the Year

We can not recommend too highly the acclaimed war historian, Patrick Cloutier. As well as his outstanding work,  Regio Esercito: the Italian Royal Army in Mussolini’s Wars 1935-1943 cited above, Mr Cloutier has written incredibly detailed and informative day to day accounts of  Italy’s  involvement in the Spanish Civil War and the Russian campaign from first-hand sources. Without Italian intervention, Franco and his Nationalist forces may very well have lost the war in Spain. In Russia, the Italians proved, time and again, how valuable and effective they were to the Germans, protecting their flanks and coming to their aid on a number of occasions.  It is a total myth to believe that the Italian armed forces played no decisive role in either campaign – they did!

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Mussolini's War in Spain 1936-1939: Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War

Three Kings: Axis Royal Armies on the Russian Front 1942

Three Kings: Axis Royal Armies on the Russian Front 1941




http://www.storicissimo.com  (in Italian)






Frank Joseph Presents the  Real Benito Mussolini of WWII, Part 1:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbXWqnhD0WA

Frank Joseph Presents the Real Benito Mussolini of WWII, Part 2:    www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0WaMWPkrxA



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  1. Great site! No nonsense info about the Italians as a major player and contributor to the Axis war effort. The Italians have been much underrated in recent years. I hope this site can rectify that deficiency and make people aware how important the Italians were to the war, helping to delay the collapse of the Nazis by two years. Without the Italians, the Germans would have lost the war much earlier.


  2. I would add ‘Mussolini’s War’ by Frank Joseph, since it is an honest attempt at presenting an accurate historical picture. I would never recommend Ciano’s Diaries, which were edited and forged by the Allies.

    Although I strongly disagree with the ‘Mussolini-Churchill’ conspiracy theory, this interview is very important for those who want to learn a bit about Italy in WWII:

    Frank Joseph Presents a Real Benito Mussolini of WWII (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbXWqnhD0WA

    Frank Joseph Presents a Real Benito Mussolini of WWII (Part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0WaMWPkrxA


    1. Thanks Pitov, I will do it. Frank Joseph is a must read for those who really want to know the truth about the Italians in WW2. His book has been decried by those whose writings about the Italians is challenged by Joseph’s original research. Joseph actually reads and writes Italian very well and so he has been able to delve into the Italian military archives in Rome and Milan to find out facts and figures that have never seen the light of day until now.
      I would highly recommend anyone to read his book and keep an open mind. It will certainly challenge many people’s preconceived ideas about the Italians before, during and after the war.


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