Italian Soft-Skinned Vehicles of the Second World War – Volume 2

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Ralph Riccio, Mario Pieri, Daniele
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Company: Helion & Company - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
Italian Soft-Skinned Vehicles

Casemate Publishing is distributing a Helion & Company published book on the topic of Italian Soft-Skinned Vehicles of the Second War World. The publication has two volumes. This review covers Volume 2.

The book is broken down in the following sections

  • Medium and Heavy Trucks
  • Artillery Tractors
  • Special Purpose Vehicles
  • Trailers

Plus three appendices:

  • Camouflage and Markings
  • Italian Vehicles Manufacturers
  • Vehicles produced in Italy while under German Control (1943-45)

While information on the Italian Navy, Italian Air Force and Italian Armored Units is not that difficult to come by, information on their soft-skinned/support/ancillary vehicles is harder to find. But this publication fills that gap well.

Each one of the chapters has too many vehicles listed to be included in this review. I will simply list the manufactures (not the models) here: Alfa Romeo, Bianchi, Ceirano, Fiat, Isota Fraschini, Lancia, OM (Officine Meccaniche), SPA Dovunque, Breda, Pavesi, SPA TL, SPA TM and SPA Viberti.

Each unique model (vehicle) has the following sections: Developmental and Service History, Technical Description, Variants (if applicable) and Specifications. Also, if available, there are 3-view drawings of the vehicle, often from original documents.

The book is profusely illustrated, with hundreds of contemporary (B&W) and full-color pictures, plus original 3-view drawings for many of the vehicles listed in this book. There are also a few color profiles.

This book is a great source of information on vehicles of the Italian Armed Forces during War World Two. Either if you are a historian or a modeler, you will find this book fascinating.


I would like to thank Casemate Publishing, Helion & Company and IPMS/USA for the review sample.


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