Sunday, 21 October 2012

Mussolini's Navy

I have been away for the weekend, but before I left on Friday the Post Office delivered a book that I had ordered some time ago. It is MUSSOLINI'S NAVY by Maurizio Brescia.


The book has just been published by Seaforth Publishing (ISBN 978 1 84832 115 1) and is extremely well illustrated. Its chapter headings are:
  • The Regia Marina from 1861 to 1939
  • Dockyards, Naval Bases, Ports, Shipyards and Coast Defences
  • Fleet Organisation and Operations
  • Ships in Service 1940-5
  • Surface and Underwater Assault Craft
  • Naval Aviation
  • Italian Camouflage in the Second World War
  • Flags
  • Uniforms, Ranks, Insignia and Decorations
  • 'Who's Who' of the Italian Navy in the Second World War
I am looking forward to spending many hours reading this book. The Italian Navy has always held a fascination for me ... and now I have a single reference book that covers almost everything that I will need to know about it.

8 comments:

  1. Bob

    Oooh it's shiny! I want one.
    Enjoy

    Cheers

    PD

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  2. Peter Douglas,

    From my very cursory look through it, this book appears to be an excellent addition to my library!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Can I ask how big the chapter on the Surface and Underwater assault craft is? It is a current research project of mine....

    MTIA.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  4. Spprojectblog (Pete),

    The chapter is eight pages long. The first four and a half pages deal with the general history of - and operations mounted using - the surface and underwater assault craft (including some interesting photos and line drawings of the MT and MTM assault craft and 100-series SLC 'Maiale'). There is then a page and a half about the development of the surface assault craft and two pages about the underwater assault craft. The latter does include some operational details as well.

    It is a good general reference book about Mussolini's Navy, but I suspect that this chapter might not be detailed enough for anyone doing serious reseach. That said, it might be worth getting hold of a copy from a library just to read this chapter.

    I hope that this information is of help to you.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Tim Gow,

    Calm down ... otherwise you'll get yourself in a right old state!

    If you are a good boy and ask your wife nicely I am sure that someone will buy you a copy for Chrisnmas!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Thanks for that Bob- It's added to my wants lists now so when I see a copy at a decent price I'll grab one.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  7. Spprojectblog (Peter),

    Glad to be of help ... and I am sure that you will get a copy of this book in the near future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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