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Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (1): Piedmont and the Two Sicilies (Men-at-Arms) Kindle Edition
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Savoy/Piedmont endeavored to strengthen the relationship with France and Britain, by sending troops to fight alongside them in the Crimean War, 1854-56 and, as a result, it was actively supported by a French army in the Second War of Independence (1859), when the battles of Magenta and Solferino freed most of the north from Austrian rule. In the south, Garibaldi's 'Redshirts' led a successful rising against the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1860). Eventually the south voted to join the north in a unified kingdom (February 1861); nevertheless, northern troops had to enforce this by a ruthless occupation during the 1860s--a little-known campaign.
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"Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848-70 (1)" provides a brief synopsis of the political and military situations in Italy during the period, followed by an extended if necessarily concise discussion of the elements of the respective armies. The book has a nice selection of color plates of uniform types, and lots of additional black and white illustrations of uniforms and equipment. The narrative is organized by type of unit, featuring infantry, cavalry, artillery and specialized units such as the Bersaglieri and the Carabinieri.
There is a fair amount of detail packed into just 48 pages. The narrative may be confusing to the reader without background in the Italian Wars of Unification. Cautiously recommended as a short introduction to a complex topic.
It is pretty cool you know, seeing the pictures, in a well put together booklet.