This book was updated to a hard-back of 100 copies as of late 2014, but is now sold out! The digital download is available from this site!
The new updated "Italy at war" is no availalable as a digital download. Information is below!
Here is updated information concerning the 700 page militaria book called "Italy at War". I am still printing 100 hard back copies of the book. Only 100. I still need $2000.00 to have this many hard-backed. I have another large amount of money put away, but I do not quite have enough for the large print (for me it is large) run. So, I am trying something different to get the additional cash up for the print run. I am putting the full book, in full color, on digital download. This is my first time doing this. I have put our book on Gumroad. Perhaps some of you know of this outfit? They seem savvy and I have heard nothing but good about them. If you want the non-hardback book in digital format, you can order it down on your computer at https://gumroad.com/arditi Here is my carnival barker write-up for the book on Gumroad. If you want the book early...here ya go! All hard-back orders will be honored once the additional cash is raised. If you want your money back and get the digital download only, no problem, let me know and I will send your cash back. I do believe the hard-back books will become valuable some day. My opinion of course. Here is my Gumroad shpiel below:
Italy at War is the new Italian militaria book brought to you by Arditi Books! The 700 plus color and black and white pages, illustrate the uniforms, weapons, headgear, equipment, ephemera, personal items, stories, medals, and heavy vehicles of the Italian Fascist war machine of the 1930's through to the end of WWII. Much more is within than described here! Tropical and continental combat items are covered extensively within this monumental work! Some dress items are included, but the focus is on the items that the Italian soldier used in his fighting in Russia, Greece, North Africa, the Balkans, Europe and East Africa. This book was first released in 2010 at 415 pages with Russ Arendell as sole author; it has now (as of Oct. 2014) been expanded to 700 plus pages with additional documentation and artifacts from the co-authorship and efforts of Luca Balducci, Giorgio Tarelli and Jeff Leser. The book is currently priced at $49.99 for 700 plus pages of Italian military artifacts and written history. Many thanks for the wonderful chapter by Gunnar Abramson concerning the advent and growth of Italy's Fascist party and military before and during WWII. This book should be much more expensive considering the amount of pages that are here within and the price it is being sold at. I don't believe any student of WWII military relics and those fascinated by Italian military history will be disappointed
Order the digital download here. https://gumroad.com/arditi
The information below is outdated....October 7, 2014
I have finally completed my book concerning Italian militaria of the 1930's and of WWII. Two and a half years of work compiled into a 400 plus page, richly, illustrated reference book. Over 300 pages, of the book are full digital color quality. All the uniforms, weapons, equipment and personal items that a soldato/soldier of the Italian army would have worn or carried is covered in the book. Multiple closeups of the individual items are helpful in identifying an item needed for a collection, highly detailed enough for the painter/modeler, provides extensive visuals for the wargamer and allows context for the historian. 23 plus color plates of complete, original/period fieldgear, weaponry, headgear, etc. worn on models/mannequins in lifelike manner. Over 200, never before published, period black and white photographs of Italian soldiers in the various/extreme climates and theaters they fought in. Quick identification, with color plates, of the major small arms (rifles & pistols) of the Italian forces of the WWII period. Period Italian newspapers, articles and letters are examined/translated to place the human element with the items that can be so empty of emotion. Postcards and other paper media is explored as well.
AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER REFERENCE BOOK OF ITALIAN MILITARIA THAT EXPLORES WITH SUCH VISUAL DETAIL.
34 more will be printed in 2011 only. Photo's of book proof samples of pages exampled below...
ITALY at WAR:
Uniforms, Weapons, Equipment and Ephemera
A Collector's Notebook
Sold Out at this Time...Only 22 more copies are to printed in the Future for 150 Total Printed. As of May 1st, 2012.
Also, if you want one of the Italy at War volumes; we are planning a printing soon. Contact Don as well on these...at firstname.lastname@example.org