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By Ian Speller, Christopher Tuck,

ISBN-10: 1862271364

ISBN-13: 9781862271364

A whole historical past of the idea and perform of amphibious operations within the twentieth century. The textual content takes the reader via a stage-by-stage account of amphibious tactical operations, and comprises technical info.

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The vulnerable Turin—Milan— Genoa triangle contained practically all Italian industrial plant and skilled labor. 4 million tons. 147 Government subsidies and German technical help built synthetic rubber plants, but at the outbreak of war production had yet to begin. "Autarchic" substitutes for materials such as wool and leather proved less than satisfactory in the field. Machine tool production, which regulated the pace of setting up new plants or adapting old ones to new requirements, was utterly inadequate.

By then the autonomous Italian war was over, and the Mediterranean had long since become a strategic backwater as Hitler readied his forces for the assault on the Soviet Union. The Army's "war of rapid decision". The senior service, the Army, was slower to modernize than the others. Its leaders failed to recognize that they had to choose between numbers and effectiveness. The Regio Esercito's time-hallowed structure of thirty-odd infantry divisions was more than Italian industry could equip with modern weapons, or the Army itself provide with welltrained and experienced junior officers and NCOs.

But Badoglio also profited. When the Italian advance bogged down in November 1935, Mussolini found it necessary to turn over the East African theater command to Badoglio. The ensuing victories through artillery and mustard gas made Badoglio the regime's preeminent military figure. It was now more difficult for Mussolini to ignore his advice in moments of crisis. " 75 Badoglio offered no remedies, and tended to inhibit Mussolini's pursuit of his ambitions. Balbo was easier to dispose of. Mussolini packed him off to Libya in 19334 to replace Badoglio as governor after Balbo proposed major military reforms, and himself as chief of general staff.

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