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Italy in World War II History Resources

By Jim Heddlesten 
Originally published on Published Online: May 27, 2010 
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Although there are many great books and museums that cover Italy's role in World War Two, the following selections should provide a good understanding of the Italian military and political actions.

Frogmen First Battles by William Schofield and P.J. Carisella
A real page-turner recounting the exploits of the Italian frogmen. The original Navy SEALS.

Courage Alone: The Italian Air Force 1940-1943 by Chris Dunning
A highly recommended book on the Italian Royal Air Force during World War Two, specifically in the Mediterranean theater.

Iron Hulls Iron Hearts: Mussolini's Elite Armoured Divisions in North Africa by Ian Walker
A detailed account of Italian armored division actions in North Africa during World War Two.

Haile Selassie's War by Anthony Mockler
Arguably the best book on the Italian actions in Abyssinia. A must buy for anyone interested in the often overlooked battles in east Africa in World War Two.

Museums of Interest
US Army Ordnance Museum, 2601 Aberdeen Blvd, Aberdeen Prv Grd, MD – (410) 272-3622
This museum has 3 Italian tanks to view. The Fiat M13/40, the Semovente da 149/40 and the Semovente da 90/53.

Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Viale dell'Esercito 170, Rome, Italy
Here you can see the Carro M14, Carro P40, Semovente 75, Semovente 47, autoblinda 41, and the cv33

Museo Storico Dell'Aeronautica Militare Italiana, Airport, Vigna di Valle, Italy
A great museum of Italian World War Two aircraft

Online Overview – War Museums in the Boot: A Traveler's Guide to the Military History of Italy
A three-part series on military museums for all periods of Italy's history.


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    J R CARLSON says:

    My brother was killed in action in Italy on April 30, 1945 just before the end of the war. My niece and I are trying to collect info regarding the war in Italy in order to write an account of his involvement. Are there sources you could recommend. We have just started this process but are finding very little about the US involvement in Italy. Thank you for any help you can give us.

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      William T says:

      J R Carlson, I've been a World War Two history buff my entire life, and I have studied the subject alot, I can send you links to rescources and help you on historical data, and even writing this book if you would like? Your brother was killed in April 30, 1945 in Italy, was he in the North of Italy? Did he die in combat, or for other reasons? I will be happy to respond to any questions. My email is

      good luck

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    William T says:

    I am currently reading Sacrifice on the Steppe by Hope Hamilton; it is a very good book and a very rare book. The reason I say rare is because there are hardly any books that talk about the Italian involvement in World War Two, especially from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it. As a World War Two buff, and someone who is getting a degree in History, this is a rarity, and a special treat.

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