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By James L. Stokesbury

Regardless of the various books on international battle II, in the past there was no one-volume survey that used to be either target and accomplished. prior volumes have frequently been written from an completely British or American standpoint, or have overlooked the real reasons and effects of the battle.

A brief heritage of global conflict II is largely an army historical past, however it reaches from the peace settlements of global warfare I to the tremendously altered postwar international of the past due 1940's. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it really is genuine and exact adequate to fulfill specialist historians. A brief heritage of global conflict II will attraction both to the final reader, the veteran who fought within the battle, and the scholar drawn to knowing the modern political global.

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Also preserved in Canada, at Wainwright, is one of the seven existing M 14/41; another is at the Bovington Tank Museum, UK, and the third outside of Italy is at the El Alamein museum in Egypt. An M 14/41 is at the Infantry Museum in Rome, with others preserved in barracks and monuments at Novara and Lecce. Other than the M 15/42 preserved at the Museo della Motorizzazione Militare in Rome at the Cecchignola barracks (where there are also one P 40 tank, a semovente M 41 da 75/18 and a carro comando M 41), there is another at the Saumur museum in France (along with one of the two existing semovente M 40 da 75/18, the other one at the El Alamein museum in Egypt); amongst others two M 15/42 are in running condition, one at the Cordenons army barracks and one in the private collection of Fabio Temeroli.

In the first six months of 1942, 696 M tanks arrived in Libya, and both the Ariete and the Littorio reorganized. Ariete’s 132° Reggimento had the IX battalion disbanded and replaced by the X from Littorio’s 133° Reggimento (132° was now with the VII, VIII and X), while the division absorbed the LII battalion (now part of the divisional RECo, Raggruppamento Esplorante Corazzato or armoured recce group) and in May–June 1942 was given the V and VI (renamed DLI and DLII) semoventi groups. Littorio’s 133° Reggimento also ceded its XI battalion to the motorized infantry division Trieste, getting the IV and LI battalions from Centauro’s 31° regiment in replacement.

While this is an extreme example, the situation was certainly not rare. It was only in the spring of 1941 that the Italian army formed a tank training centre at Bracciano, then Civitavecchia, that included a training battalion, and in February 1942 the Libya command formed a tank crew school with the purpose of providing officers and rank and file with specialist training in desert tank warfare. Despite these shortcomings, Italian tanks crews were thrown into combat, and gained experience on the battlefield.

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