Italy At War Day By Day: 1940-1945

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Re: Italy At War Day By Day: 1940-1945

Post by carlodinechi » 17 Feb 2018 01:43

Not only should Tunisia have exploded the myth of Hitler's military acumen, it should have discredited the idea that Germans fought better than the Italians, since Messe's 1st Italian Army held out longer than Arnim's 5th German Army and the DAK, even though both groups had about six divisions and faced roughly equal Anglo-American forces. Indeed, Hermann Goring division was the first to be scattered on 7 May, DAK the next to break and surrender on 9 May, with the Italian Spezia division closing the gap created by the German collapse and watching still combat-efficient German units march off into captivity on 11 May. Whether it is significant that the German 90th Light division was the first to collapse in Messe's 'Italian' Army, there is no doubt that the Italians fought well and held out longest in Tunisia.
(The Second World War: The German war 1939-1942, Jeremy Black, Page 265, Ashgate, 2007)


Italian infantry in Tunisia

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