With so many scattered sources, both printed and online, regarding the role of the Italian Military, the following has been assembled as a basic listing of research materials and sites that can be helpful when researching the Italian Military from 1939 to 1946. The various topics are in the following sections:

General Information
Uniforms & Equipment
Italian Royal Military
POW's, IMI's & ISU's
Corps of Libertation
Socialist Republic
Partisans & Civilians
Reenactors
Militaria Vendors

        When possible, links to the websites or resources have been included to assist researchers in locating the original materials. If you have any additions, corrections, etc. please contact the webmaster.



  • GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Comando Supremo. Italy at War

    Fez dei Bersaglieri (Facebook Page)

    Soldati Italiani, 1911-1945 (Facebook Group)

    Italian warfare in 20th Century (Facebook Group)

    WW2 Italy (Facebook Group)

    Adams, Henry H.. Italy at War. Time Life Books, Inc.; Chicago, Illinois; 1982.

    Badoglio, Marshal Pietro. Italy in the Second War War: Memories and Documents. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut; 1976.

    Badoglio, Marshal Pietro. The War in Abyssinia. London, England; 1937.

    Baldini, M. Italiani in Africa. Longanesi; 1972.

    Baker, A.J. The Italo-Ethiopian War 1935-36. London, England; 1968.

    Caccia Dominioni de Sillavengo, Paolo Alamein 1933-1962: An Italian Story. Allen & Unwin, London, England; 1966.

    Ceva, Lucio. Storia delle Forze Armati Italiane. Turin, 1981.

    Christie, Howard R. Fallen Eagles: The Italian 10th Army in the Opening Campaign in the Western Desert, June 1940-December 1940. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; 1999.

    Coffey, T.M. Lion by the Tail. The story of the Italian-Ethiopian War. London, England; 1974.

    Crociana, P. & Battistelli, P.P. Italian Soldier in North Africa, 1941-43. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2013.

    De Felice, Renzo. Mussolini l'alleato: Italia in guerra (1940-1943). Mondadori Editore. Torino, 1990.

    Garland, Albert N. Sicily and the Surrender of Italy. Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C.; 1993.

    Jowett, Philip & Zgonnik, Dmitriy. The Italian Army at War. Europe, 1940-43. Concord Publications Company; 2008.

    Knox, Macgregor. Hitler's Italian Allies: Royal Armed Forces, Fascist Regime, and the War of 1940-1943. Cambridge UP; 2000.

    Nicolle, David. The Italian Invasion of Abyssinia 1935-36. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 1997.

    Palermo, Michele. Eagles over Gazala: Air Battles in North Africa, May-June 1942. IBN Editore; 2014.

    Polson, Newman. Italy's Conquest of Abyssinia. London, England; 1937.

    Ricci, Corrado & Shores, Christopher F. La Guerra Aerea nella Africa Orientale, 1940-1941. S.T.E.M.-Mucci; Rome, Italy; 1980.

    Riccio, Ralph. Italian Tanks and Fighting Vehicles of World War II. Pique Publications, England; 1977.

    Rodogno, Davide. Il nuovo ordine mediterraneo. Le politiche di occupazione dell'Italia fascista (1940-1943). Nuova cultura; Torino, 2002.

    Thompson, Jonathan W. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft: 1930-1945. Aero Publishers; 1963.

    Walker, Ian W. Iron Hulls, Iron Hearts: Mussolini's Elite Armoured Divisions in North Africa. Crowood Press, Wiltshire, England; 2006.


  • UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
  • Belogi, Ruggero. Regio Esercito Italiano Uniformi 1933-1940. Italy; 1978.

    Crociani, Piero & Viotti, Andrea. Le Uniformi Colonial Libiche 1912-1942. Italy; 1980.

    Del Giudice, Elio. Atlante Delle Uniformi Militari Italiane dal 1934 ad Oggi. Bologna, Italy; 1984.

    Marzetti, Paolo. Uniformi e Distintivi del'Esercito Italiano 1933-1945. Parma, Italy; 1981.

    Rosignoli, G. MVSN 1923-1943. Badges and Uniforms of the Italian Fascist Militia. Franham; 1980.

    Tyre, Rex. Mussolini's Soldiers. Airlife Publishing Ltd., Shrewsbury, England; 1995.

    Italian Regalia (Information on Italian Medals & Regalia)


  • ROYAL MILITARY
  • Apostolo, Giorgio Italian Aces of World War II. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2000.

    Crociana, Piero & Battistelli, Pier Paolo. Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces, 1940-43. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2011.

    Crociana, P. & Battistelli, P.P. Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2013.

    Dunning, Chris. Courage Alone: The Italian Air Force 1940-1943. Hikoki Publications; 2009.

    Dunning, Chris. Regia Aeronautica: The Italian Air Force 1923-1945 - An Operational History. Classic Publications; 2009.

    Haining, Peter. The Chianti Raiders: The Extraordinary Story of the Italian Air Force in the Battle of Britain. Robson Books, London, England; 2005.

    Jowett, Philip. The Italian Army, 194-45 (1). Europe 1940-43. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2000.

    Jowett, Philip. The Italian Army, 1940-45 (2). Africa 1940-43. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2001.

    Mallett, Robert. The Italian Navy and fascist expansionism, 1935-1940. Routledge, 2013.

    Military Intelligence Service. Handbook of the Italian Military Forces, 3 August 1943. War Department, Washington, D.C.; 1943.

    O'Hara, Vincent P. Dark Navy: The Regina Marina and the Armistice of 8 September 1943. Nimble Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan; 2009.

    de Quesada, Alejandro. The Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 (2). Republican Forces. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2015.

    Sadkovich, James P. The Italian Navy in World War II. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut; 1994.

    Santoro, Giuseppe. L'Aeronautica Italiana nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Edizinoi Esse, Rome, Italy; 1957.

    Shores, Christopher. Regia Aeronautica: A Pictorial History of the Italian Air Force, 1940-1943. Squadron/Signal, Warren, Michigan; 1976.

    Stille, Mark. Italian Battleships of World War II. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2011.

    Tyre, Rex. Mussolini's Afrika Korps: The Italian Army in North Africa 1940-1943. Axis Europa Books, Bayside, New York; 1999.


  • PRISONERS OF WAR, MILITARY INTERNEES & ITALIAN SERVICE UNITS
  • Gli Italiani di Letterkenny - 321st Italian QuarterMaster Battalion (Facebook Page)

    Associazione Per La Memoria Dei Prigionieri Italiani a Letterkenny

    Fitzgerald, Alan. The Italian Farming Soldiers: Prisoners of War in Australia. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia; 1981.

    Keefer, Louis E. Italian Prisoners of War in America, 1942-1946. Captives of Allies?. Praeger Publishers; 1992.

    Lewis, George G. & Mewha, John. History of Prisoner of War Utilization by the United States Army, 1776-1945. Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.; June 1955.

    Moore, Robert & Fedorowich, Kent. The British Empire and its Italian Prisoners of War, 1940-1947. Palgrave, New York City, New York; 2002.

    Ross, William F. & Romanus, Charles F. The Quartermaster Corps: Operations in the War Against Germany. Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.; 1965.


  • ITALIAN LIBERATION CORPS
  • Jowett, Philip. The Italian Army, 1940-45 (3). Italy 1943-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2001.

    Thomas, Nigel. Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces 1939-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 1991.


  • ITALIAN SOCIALIST REPUBLIC, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL ARMY & ITAILAN VOLUNTEERS
  • Jowett, Philip. The Italian Army, 1940-45 (3). Italy 1943-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2001.

    Jurado, Carlos Caballero. Foreign Volunteers of the Wehrmacht 1941-45. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 1983.

    Landwehr, Richard. Italian Volunteers of the Waffen-SS. Siegrunen, Glendale, Oregon; 1987.

    Williamson, Gordon. The Waffen-SS (4) 24. to 38. Divisions, & Volunteer Legions. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2004.


  • PARTISANS & CIVILIANS
  • Behan, Thomas. The Italian Resistance: Fascists, Guerrillas and the Allies. Pluto Press; 2009.

    Crociana, Piero & Battistelli, Pier Paolo. World War II Partisan Warfare in Italy. Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 2015.

    Gobetti, Ada. Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian Resistance. Oxford University Press; 2014.

    Pavone, Claudio. A Civil War: A History Of The Italian Resistance. Verso; 2013.

    Riccio, Ralph. Italian Partisan Weapons in WWII. Schiffer Military History; 2017.

    Romagnoli, G. Franco. The Bicycle Runner: A Memoir of Love, Loyalty, and the Italian Resistance. Thomas Dunne Books; 2009.

    Wilhelm, Maria de Blasio. The Other Italy. The Italian Resistance in World War II. W.W. Norton & Company; 1988.


  • REENACTORS & LIVING HISTORY GROUPS
  • Alpini sciatori Monte Cervino (HRS) (Facebook Page)

    CHG 5th Bersaglieri Reenactment Unit (Facebook Page)

    Forze Armate Italiane Reenactment Group (Facebook Page)

    FORZA ITALIA! Italian Reenactors Group in Russia (Facebook Group)

    Greco-Italian War Re-enactors, 1940-41 (Facebook Group)

    Historica Ventesimo Secolo - Sez. Sud Italia (Facebook Page)

    Historica XX Secolo. Italian Reenactors Association

    Italia, Avanti - Living History Association & Italia, Avanti Facebook Page

    Italian Reenacting & Airsoft (WW1 & WW2) (Facebook Group)

    Italica Virtus - Rievocazione Storica Regio Esercito Italiano (Facebook Page)

    Mediterraneo. WWII Italian Reenactment Group.

    Regio Esercito History Group (Facebook Page)

    Soldati Al Fronte (Facebook Page)

    Timeline Associazione di Promozione Sociale (Facebook Page)

    The WW2 Club (Facebook Page)

    WW2 Italian Reenactment Help/Impression Page (Facebook Group)


  • MILITARIA & REPRODUCTION VENDORS
  • At the Front (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

    Breslavia (WWII Reproduction Vendor) & Breslavia Facebook Page

    Hiki Shop (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

    The History Bunker (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

    International Military Antiques (Original Artifacts Vendor)

    Man the Line (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

    Para Bellum Shop (WWII Reproduction & Original Vendor)

    Produzione Medaglieri e repliche Regio Esercito - 1a e 2a Guerra Mondiale (Facebook Page)

    Sartoria Equipe (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

    What Price Glory (WWII Reproduction Vendor)

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