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Italian Paratroops, World War II
Italian Paratroops
Italian Paratroop Glory, WW2
© 2007
288 pages; 19 chapters and 9 appendixes
During World War II the Italian Army earned a bad reputation as
cowards, a reputation that has been reinforced in Iraq. However, a
minority of the Italian Army in World War II was ranked among the
best soldiers in the war
. The best among Italy’s elite were Italian
parachute troops. The Folgore Paratroop Division
was the best
parachute unit in the Italian Army.
Italian Paratroops is a book about the
Italian paratroops and is the most comprehensive book available on the
subject anywhere. Although the Hungarian, Japanese and Romanian
armies all established
paratroop units during World War II, the Italian
Paratroop corps was second only to the Germans in size and
combat lethality
. It’s all here, the training, the battles, the aborted Malta
operation, and the brilliant
achievements of Italian paratroopers.  
Italian Paratroops describes in detail the amazing performance of the
Folgore Parachute Division during the Battle of El Alamein when the
small regiment-sized
Folgore Parachute Division destroyed the
equivalent of a British tank division.
Italian Paratroops is a book about
warriors and glory. The
Folgore Parachute Division exemplified both
and in the process saved the
reputation of the Italian Army.
Review Table of Contents
“On the 6th of November the survivors of the Folgore Parachute Division surrendered to the British forces at the
gates of Fuka. The heroic survivors of the division received the honor of keeping their personal weapons (onore
delle armi in Italian, “honour of arms/weapons”). The Folgore Division destroyed 120 enemy tanks, while inflicting
heavy losses to the British 51st Infantry Division, 7th Armored Division, the Free French Brigade and the Greek
Brigade.
The "Folgore" lost 1100 men out of 3500 but inflicted over 3000 casualties on the British 7th Armored Division, 44th
and 50th Infantry Divisions and "Free French" forces. Italian eyewitnesses and official histories of the battle report
over 100 British tanks destroyed by the "Folgore", some with "Molotov" petrol bottles and magnetic mines. Four
different Italian sources report the destruction of several "Sherman" tanks on October 24th.”
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