The Italian Army in the First World War
The Italian Army in the First World War: The Grey-Green Uniforms from 1909 to 1919 by Francesco Frizzera and Davide Zendri
With illustrations of more than 350 uniforms, caps, hats and helmets, this work shows how the appearance of the Italian Army changed as the war progressed. The pieces shown in the book come from the collections of the Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra (Italian War History Museum) in Rovereto, as well as other public and private collections. They illustrate the uniforms of the traditional formations (infantry, Granatieri, Alpini, Bersaglieri, artillery, cavalry, Carabinieri, Financial Guard, engineers, medical and logistical services) as well as those of the newer branches of service that had emerged as a result of modern warfare (mortar formations, machine-gun troops, Arditi, Military Air Corps). In addition, they provide a comprehensive view of the various special formations that were attached to the Italian Army, with particular focus on the volunteer formations.
This lavishly illustrated work shows uniforms, caps and steel helmets, covering all the models of the army’s field uniform from the time the new uniform was introduced to the end of the war. Contemporary black-and-white photographs show how the items of dress were worn in action. In addition, the two volumes include numerous short biographies and bequests from prominent figures.
The collections, along with a great deal of hitherto unpublished archive material, provide the reader with an authentic picture of the Italian Army’s organization and its uniforms during the war, as well as showing the shortfalls and subsequent advances in its equipment.
- Two-volume set with slipcase
- Hardcover with dustjacket
- 10″ x 12″ each
- 872 pages in total
- 2,500+ photos/illus.