Source: Courage and Cowardice in the North African Campaign: The Eighth Army and Defeat in the Summer of 1942, War in History, 2013, 20(1) 99–122 by Dr Jonathan Fennell Dr Jonathan Fennell of King College, London has written a very insightful article about the poor combat performance of the British 8th Army in the summer […]
The Greco-Italian War (28 October 1940 to 23 April 1941) So who really won the war? That’s a question that has plagued military historians for years. On October 28, 1940 a cocky but under strength Italian force crossed the Albanian border to invade northern Greece in the region of the Pindus Mountains. The Italians expected […]
Sica has written what amounts to a misleading account of the June 1940 Italian incursion into France. It is a sad piece of writing from someone who should know better. His examination of the Italian attack along the French Alpine “Little Maginot” Line is so riddled with inaccuracy and non-starters one hardly knows where to begin.
In his conclusion, Sadkovich maintains that many Anglo-American writers like Knox have not only selectively used Italian sources, they have gleaned negative observations and racist slurs and comments from British, American, and German sources and then presented them as objective depictions of Italian political and military leaders.
22.06.40 Sforzesca Division captures Montgenèvre & la Crete de Chaussard 23.06.40 Fort Chenillet captured by Arditi Guastatori. 24.06.40 Cosseria Division Captures Mentone, Briançon & Lablachère 12.06.1940 Italian submarine Alpino Attilio Bagnolini sinks the British cruiser HMS Calypso. 14.06.1940 Italian troops defeat French attackers at Galisia Hil. 11.01.1941 Italian bombers from 237a Squadriglia disable HMS Ilustrious, allowing the safe […]
Attacco in Marmarica di una posizione britannica nell’autunno 1941 (Attack on a British position in the autumn of 1941, Marmarica) Dr James Sadkovich is a well respected historian who has done much in the last few decades to reevaluate our understanding of Italy’s role in the war. He is […]
The Germans consistently broke promises to their Italian ally, made worse by their interference and overweening nature in Italian affairs and spheres of influence, particularly in the Balkans.