Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War (Cambridge Military Histories)

Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War (Cambridge Military Histories)

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Vanda Wilcox
Cambridge University Press, 7/4/2016
EAN 9781107157248, ISBN10: 1107157242

Hardcover, 235 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

Italian performance in the First World War has been generally disparaged or ignored compared to that of the armies on the Western Front, and troop morale in particular has been seen as a major weakness of the Italian army. In this first book-length study of Italian morale in any language, Vanda Wilcox reassesses Italian policy and performance from the perspective both of the army as an institution and of the ordinary soldiers who found themselves fighting a brutally hard war. Wilcox analyses and contextualises Italy's notoriously hard military discipline along with leadership, training methods and logistics before considering the reactions of the troops and tracing the interactions between institutions and individuals. Restoring historical agency to soldiers often considered passive and indifferent, Wilcox illustrates how and why Italians complied, endured or resisted the army's demands through balancing their civilian and military identities.

1. Introduction
Part I. Army Policies and Morale
2. Leadership, command culture and organisation
3. Incentivising high morale
4. Discipline
5. Combat readiness
Part II. Italians under Arms
6. Endurance
experience and the negotiation of identity
7. Consent and compliance
8. Refusal
indiscipline, protest and nervous collapse
9. Conclusion