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  • Series: New Vanguard (Book 191)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781849087773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849087773
  • ASIN: 1849087776
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I immensely enjoyed this convenient compendium. Photos, extended captions, color plates and informative illustrations season OSPREY's savory study. Bibliography and index complete contents. Grab this entertaining little book."
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Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in Military History at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy McKinney on October 22, 2014
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Italian Light Tanks 1919-1945 by Cappellano and Battistelli

“Italian Light Tanks” makes a nice companion volume to “Italian Medium Tanks” by the same authors. Filippo Cappellano in 2012 had the assignment of serving in the Italian Army Historical Branch as a Lt. Col. He companion Pier Paolo Battistelli earned a PhD in Military History. Both are frequent contributors to the appropriate journals. They bring their expertise to bear on the subject of the “Italian Light Tanks”.
Italy had a deficit in terms of the auto industry and industry in general in comparison to other major powers in WWII. Italy never could overcome the disparity between what she could produce and what other powers could produce. The major type of light tank was actually a tankette, a two man machine armed with machine guns. This tankette, similar to the British Bren Carrier, could not hold its own against other tanks, even in the 1930's in the Spanish Civil War. They were under armed and not very reliable. There were however lots of them, for a while. They were knocked out in battle quickly and often had to be left behind with mechanical defects. The L/3-35 can not be called a success but the crews often showed great courage.
The other prime Italian Light Tank was the L/6-40 series including the Semovente L-40 self propelled gun. The problems of protection, armament and reliability also applied to the L/6 series. By the time the L/6 tanks came into play they were already obsolete. The tank was armed only with machine guns or a 20mm cannon. Even the up-gunned self propelled gun could field only an inadequate 47mm anti tank cannon.
This slim 48 page volume is crammed with numbers, descriptions of various deployments and loads of photos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ItsMe on February 7, 2013
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This book reads very well, it is not a dry "just the facts" book at all. It is also well researched and packed with information. Anyone interested in World War II armor will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Duquette on March 25, 2013
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Not a lot of books available in English that focus upon Italian tank development. This is a pretty good overview.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mostofizadeh on July 22, 2013
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Very detailed introduction for the average reader--more than the average person wants/needs to know about the subject. Essential for model makers.
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