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Armies of Italy and the Axis

Armies of Italy and the Axis Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2014 Title Armies of Italy and the Axis
Author Warlord Games Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781782007708
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95

Book Review

"Serious" modeler?  Don't discount Osprey's handy little "Bolt Action" wargaming titles.

Authored in cooperation with Warlord Games, Armies of Italy and the Axis – seventh installment in the growing series – recaps personnel, equipment and tactics of five nations:

  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary and
  • Romania

Sections summarize unit structures, artillery, armor, support vehicles and combat theaters.  Color uniform & equipment plates, action paintings, and models illustrate each chapter.

This compact little compendium perfectly complements, for instance, Piero Crociani and Pier Paolo Battistelli's recent Italian Soldier in North Africa 1941–43 – part of Osprey's "Warrior" series.

Want to know which "light tanks" served Mussolini's fascist forces?  Or the makeup of Italy's reinforced platoons?  And how they fought – and what they carried?  They're here – and much, much more.  As well as other combat zones – the Balkans and Eastern Front included.

Armies of Italy and the Axis joins previous "Bolt Action" books on World War II American, British, German and Soviet forces – among others.  They're great thumbnail references.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!