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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
Italian Army Blood
Reluctant Soldiery, WWII
302 pages; 28 chapters and 4 appendices
Italian Army blood was spilled in battles all over the world during WWII.
Although the Italian Army had sound ideas about maneuver warfighting, they
seldom put them into practice. Although apologists constantly proclaim that the
Italian Army surrendered so much during WWII because the Italians hated to
spill Italian Army blood. Of course the constant effusion of Italian Army
blood was blamed on many things, which were mostly unimportant. The
e-book, Italian Army Blood reveals why and how the Italians were so easily
beaten. It had nothing to do with their poor equipment. There were several
armies with poor equipment in WWII, that fought well. Italian Army Blood also
reveals the valor and lethality of certain Italian Army elite troops.
"The Italian Alpine division, designed to operate above 6000 feet, was far different from the Italian mountain division.
Alpini units were elite units, made up of men native to Italy’s mountainous regions, and were ideally suited for waging war
in the Alps surrounding Italy’s northern borders, The physical standards and training was of a much higher quality than
that of regular Italian infantry. The best was expected of Alpini troops and they delivered.
On the morning of January 26 1943, the spearheads of the Tridentina Alpine Division reached the little hamlet of
Nikolayevka, now part of the village of Livenka. A Soviet division occupied Kikolayevka and the surrounding area.
The Alpini immediately began their attack from the march because they knew that Nikolayevka, was the last Soviet
position blocking their way to safety. However, the Soviet forces held their ground, and after hours of fighting the Italian
units became desperate as each hour increased the risk that Soviet reinforcements could arrive.
The chief-of-staff of the Alpine Corps, Brigadier General Giulio Martinat, had already been killed earlier that day while
leading an assault of the Edolo Alpine Battalion. General Luigi Reverberi, commander of the Alpini Tridentina Division,
stepped onto one of the last three Panzers as the sun began to set and, yelling "Tridentina, Avanti! (Tridentina Forward),
led his men personally on the final assault. Thus began the pivotal assault of the epic Battle of Nikolayevka."
Excerpt from Italian Army Blood
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