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Italian Armored Vehicles of WWII - Armor Specials series (6089) Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897474759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897474757
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2007
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Paging through Nicola Pignato's survey of Italian World War II tankettes, tanks, armored cars and other AFVs, you wonder: what was more dangerous duty - being assigned as a crewman in an Italian tank or a German sailor on a U-boat? This Squadron/Signal photo-history doesn't answer that question but it does give the reader a nicely illustrated introduction to the subject of Italian AFVs.

Italy entered World War II with a motley collection of rivet-queen tinkertoy tanks best suited for parades or dealing with poorly armed tribesmen. When the L 3-33, 3-35 and M 11-39 models came up against Allied armor, they found themselves hopelessly outmatched. Even later, improved models such as M 13-40 and 14-41 couldn't go one-on-one with M3 Lees, Shermans, British Crusaders, etc. Likewise Italian AFV production and R&D couldn't begin to match that of Britain or America. The result: brave men sacrificed for no purpose.

Pignato's book not only describes various AFVs but also Italian unit organization, armored doctrine and camouflage. It features over 120 black & white photos and eight pages of color photographs and sideviews by the always excellent Don Greer.

All in all, a great package and easy on the pocketbook.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh on May 20, 2011
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This is a very good book. I would recomend it to any one who wants to learn about italian armor it WWII.
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By scott bailey on April 19, 2014
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Great read on some of the lessor known armered vehicles of the italian army. Self propelled units and the vehivles they used are covered and the little known self propelled artillery units are discussed and self propelled anti-tanks units are allso mentioned great pictues and colored drawings are a plus.
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