Italian Armored Units During the Italian Invasion of Albania

Kingdom of Italy (1939) On 7th April 1939, the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy invaded the small Albanian Kingdom. Among the attacking forces, there were armored units that took part in the few clashes that occurred during the three-day invasion. All units were equipped with Carri Armati L3/35 (English: 3 ton Light Tanks…

Italian Medium Tank Crew Training During the Second World War

Kingdom of Italy/Italian Social Republic (1940-1945) When speaking of Italian armor during the Second World War, it is important to analyze the training that Italian tank crew members received before being assigned to frontline units. Although the Italian war industry was unable to keep up with the production capabilities of the Allied nations, it could…

Esigenza C3 – The Italian Invasion of Malta

“Without Malta the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa…” – Field Marshal Erwin Rommel quoted in ‘A History of WW2 by A. J. P. Taylor and S. L. Mayer You can learn more about the naval part of the planned invasion of Malta on our sister website, Naval Encyclopedia! A simple glance…

Campaigns and Battles in East Africa – The North, British and French Somaliland

British Somaliland and indications of the Italian assault August 1940. Source: Stewart Map of the invasion. Source: Mockler Introduction and background to AOI Following the Italian declaration of war against Great Britain and France on the 10th June 1940, the British perceptions of the Italians in Africa changed. The British had misunderstood the unique position…