Panzersoldaten!

Italian Blackshirt Division of the Eastern Front 1941-1943

Paolo Morisi

‘Panzersoldaten!' covers the history of the Blackshirt Division during the campaign on the Eastern Front, focusing on its relations with the Italian Army, the history of the MVSN, and its ultimate retreat from the Eastern Front in 1943. This volume includes over 80 contemporary images.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
31
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558195
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
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Overview
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Panzersoldaten! is a history of the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (MVSN), commonly referred to as the Blackshirts due to their wartime attire. They were an anti-Communist paramilitary organization that fought for Mussolini while Italy was under fascist rule; following the Duce’s removal from power, the organization was quickly swept up by the Italian Army, and forced to swear allegiance to the king. Some, however, defected and continued to fight for the Axis alliance as volunteer units in the German Army.

This volume covers the history of the Blackshirt Division during the campaign on the Eastern Front, focusing on its relations with the Italian Army, the history of the MVSN, its advance into Ukraine, and the First and Second Battles of the Don River. Morisi, using almost exclusively contemporary resources and battalion war diaries, as well memoirs from senior officers of the division, has created a definitive analysis of the Blackshirts.

About The Author
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Paolo Morisi is a military historian who has written extensively on the Italian Army during World War One and Two. He has published several books and articles on such topics as the Folgore Parachute Division, the Alpini and Austro-Hungarian stormtroopers of the First World War, the Savoia Marchetti S.79 torpedo bomber and the Axis air forces of the Second World War.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Acknowledgements
Introduction

1: The Italian Army and Operation Barbarossa
2: A History of the MVSN
3: From the Initial Advance into Ukraine to the Christmas Battle
4: First and Second Battle of the Don River
5: The M Armoured Division

Conclusion: final assessment
Bibliography
Appendix: Anthem of the M Battalions.

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