Write here the must have books about Italy in WW2
Hi Fred,I see now that there is already a review of this book here - link on the "Home" front page. I shall just add that it is on sale at Amazon Kindle for a few bucks. I shall post a review anyway, more on the writing as such than on the actual facts described in the book.
In looking for the book of Angela Raspin from a long time, It's impossible to find!The concept of "must have" is quite subjective, since it depends on the specific interests of each reader. Therefore, I will list only the very few books in English language which, in my opinion, should be read by everybody interested in Italy in WW2, in order to reach a good understanding of the general picture. Then, following a strictly top-down approach, each reader can specialize in his personal favourite topic, which will have its own "must have" books of course.
Ciro Paoletti, "A Military History of Italy"
This book is about Italian military history (but with a strong interest on land operations) since the end of Renaissance. Despite the very long time period covered, I think that Paoletti's book is a must have for everybody interested in Italian military history (moreover, its Italian edition has been published by the Historical Office of the Italian Army), even if only of the history of WW2, because it provides not only a lot of little-known facts, but also some extremely clever analises of the origins of the shortcomings of the Italian Army during the last World War. Moreover, the text is mostly devoted to the XXth Century, so, even if you are not interested in the Napoleonic wars (for example), you will find a good coverage of WW2 anyway. My notes are based on the Italian edition, I don't know whether this English one is identical.
Enrico Cernuschi, Alessandro Gazzi, Michele Maria Gaetani, "Sea Power: The Italian Way"
The aim of this book is to present in a simple form the long history of the Italian Navy. It deals with aspects related to the italian Sea Power from origins to the end of World War II. The Roman age is just touched briefly, the Medieval age is covered in a few pages too, then the study becomes deeper when dealing with the XVI century. About a third of the book covers the Fascist Era and WW2. The point of view is that of high strategy and naval doctrine, with frequent digressions in the fields of economy and diplomacy.
Chris Dunning, "Courage Alone: The Italian Airforce 1940-1943"
Given the relative novelty of air war, I don't know any book with a wide scope such as the aforementioned ones, but "Courage Alone" is a classic and a must have about the Regia Aeronautica in WW2.
Angela Raspin, "The Italian War Economy, 1940-1943: With Particular Reference to Italian Relations with Germany"
Dr. Raspin's PhD Thesis is still by far the best history of the Italian economy in WW2. It is the best not only in English, but also in Italian language. Its only shortcoming is that it often relies on German documents and sometimes takes their point of view, but these are minor flaws in a true "must have" book.
There is only a solution: you should borrow it from a public library and photocopy it! I think it's the only choice, given that surely it won't get reprinted. I fear that also Sadkovich's "The Italian Navy in World War 2" (which I haven't listed here because if somebody doesn't care about Italian naval history he can read just "Sea Power" alone) requires the same method. Thanks God, in Italy Sadkovich's book is easily available in its updated Italian translation.In looking for the book of Angela Raspin from a long time, It's impossible to find!