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  1. Marek Sobski

    Marek Sobski New Member

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    Hello!

    I wanted to introduce myself, my book series and its first volume.

    “Mussolini's War” series of publications is aimed to deal in a matter-of-fact way with the unfair, racist myth of the Italian being a cowardly soldier by birth. It will discuss in a substantive way the campaigns fought by the Italian forces on the ground, at sea and in the air during the reign of Benito Mussolini, the dictator. Reader-friendly language style, descriptions of previously neglected or unknown operations and actions, a lot of space devoted to the most important heroes of the events in question – the rank-and-file - all this makes these books dedicated to readers of all levels of historical knowledge and a guarantee of pleasant time spent reading. The painfully honest account of the weaknesses of the Italian military, in which however, we do not forget about the numerous examples of unprecedented heroism and endurance of the Italians, is based on references on the topic published worldwide, thanks to which we avoid mythologisation, which can often be noticed in other works. It is the first time that the subject is presented comprehensively in the English language.

    Volume I is "East Africa 1940-1941 (land campaign): The Italian Army Defends The Empire In The Horn Of Africa" available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PC7FYMV (and every other marketplace)

    When the Kingdom of Italy entered the war in Europe in June 1940, it did so only for a moment to hasten the fall of France and force Britain to the peace negotiations table. With each subsequent month it was turning out that the Italians had got involved in a war that was not going to have a quick and victorious end, and the state of their own unpreparedness for the conflict was shocking.

    Due to the Italian colonial possessions, the war also spread to East Africa, so distant for Europeans. This is where the situation of the Italian forces turned out to be the most difficult. The troops fighting there, mostly consisting of natives, were disastrously poorly armed, trained only for the purposes of colonial warfare or maintaining internal order in the colonies, cut off from supplies by neighbouring French and British possessions, and the Italian high command lacked the abilities of waging regular campaign. The British Empire, too, began the battle for the Horn of Africa poorly prepared, but quickly realised the importance of this campaign, namely the safety of its own lines of communication across the Red Sea, the Nile and Africa. Having quickly mobilised its forces, it proceeded to eliminate the Italian threat in this part of the world.

    This work presents in detail the campaign that lasted until November 1941, in which soldiers of about twenty nationalities from three continents fought on both sides for the colonial interests of Italy and Britain. The campaign in East Africa is not only about the frontline combat, it is also a brutal war between Italians and Ethiopian partisans. We also present issues such as the economic situation of Italian East Africa, the fate of the Italians inhabiting it, the history of the countries that constituted it after the campaign ended, and the Italian underground resistance, whose flame was smouldering up to the very armistice between Italy and the Allies.

    Marek Sobski, a graduate of the University of Zielona Góra, is a historian. Author of several books (including some published in English like "Lictorian Fasces Over England. Regia Aeronautica In Action Against Britain 1940–1941" and the two-volume "Crickets Against Rats. Regia Aeronautica In The Spanish Civil War"), as well as articles in specialist magazines. Since late 2011, he has been a promoter of interest in the history of the Italian military in the first half of the 20th century, and his expertise has been made available to readers of the "Mussolini's War" blog and on social media.

    Please wish me good luck!

    Best regards,

    Marek Sobski

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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    Hello Marek,

    Sounds good. We do know the special troops were superb and even Rommel said under German officers the infantry was very good in battle. Otherwise the info has been quite low. Been to Italy twice and museums for ww1 existed but none for ww2.
     
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    I've added it to my wish list. Thank you.
     
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    Whilst I would agree that the fighting abilities of the Italians have often been unduly rubbished I would disagree with this interpretation of why Italy entered the war. It was Mussolini's desire to take part in the expected peace conference to get a pick of the spoils. In his own words
    "I assure you the war will be over in September, and that I need a few thousand dead so as to be able to attend the peace conference as a belligerent"[1].



    [1] Austin, The Place of Malta . Page 120 Mussolini to Badoglio May 1940
     
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    Italy did not attack before Germany was winning. Still they lost practically all batttles. Interesting. Or is it?
     
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    Mussolini had informed Hitler by telephone that Italy would not be in a position to enter war alongside Germany until 1943.He changed policy in order not to miss out on the pickings as he saw them but he had decided that he would “declare war but.. won’t wage it”[1]. Italian efforts would be spread widely in order to create as many opportunities as possible for making claims at the peace negotiations whilst making modest tactical gains at little cost.



    [1] Gerhard Schreiber, Detlef Vogel, Germany and the Second World War, Clarendon Press, Germany, 1990. Vol 3 Page 62
     
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    I definit
    I definitely agree.
     
  8. Marek Sobski

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    Hi!

    First review: East African 1940-194 by Marek Sobski

    In preparation Vol. 2: "Mussolini's Eastern Crusade. Italian Expeditionary Corps In Operation Barbarossa" :)

    Color version of maps from "East Africa 1940-1941..." for download: rar

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    Marek. Are you here to take part in discussions or only advertise? I can see you have written the books so you could as well take part in our discussions on the subject. Thanx! And welcome.
     
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    Excuse me. If there are questions about the book or other questions about the Italian army adressed to my, I will answer.

    I promise, this is my last post about "East Africa 1940-1941...".
     
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    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    To be honest "we expect people to stay as long as possible to discuss war" here if you leave now, I fear your books are not very much appreciated. The longer you stay the more we feel you are a member. So pick your choice...oh I think you already did.
     
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    I absolutely want to be a member of the forum. I will be happy to talk or answer your questions :).

    I just don't want to be considered a spammer. I don't think we understood each other. Therefore, the book has a professional translation :D.
     
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    How cold you be a spammer after all these books? My only fear is that is the end of your visit here. Do not please do it. We might get bad memories. Kph
     

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