A concise and interesting book covering the development and use of Italy's light tanks in WWII. A companion to Osprey's book on Italian medium tanks of WWII.Easy to read with a host of illustrations and photos, Excellent and informative.
The book covers all the bases on the design and development of the Italian Light Tanks of the Second World War. Looking at the limitations of army doctrine (which was focused on the alpine frontiers with Austria and France) and the limitations of Italian industry in building a vehicle which then couldn't be replaced. The layout and use of the tanks and its variants are covered in some detail which I felt was about right to do justice to the subject and as always for an Osprey the pictures and photographs are excellent. If you are after detailed battle accounts involving the tanks then this may lack the detail you are after but otherwise an excellent edition to the reference library.
The book is an interesting summary on the topic of Italian light tanks. It is roughly divided into three sections, with the first focusing on the design and development aspect, the second one on the operational use, and the final one on camouflage (even though lots of camouflage info is given in the earlier sections). The book is then rounded off with technical data, further resources and a bibliography.
The book has a good number of period photographs, together with some colour line drawings and a couple of modern colour pictures of the surviving examples (a list of all urviving light tanks and their location is also in).
Given that we are only speaking of a handful of models, namely the Fiat 3000, the CV29, CV33, 35, 38 and the L6/40, together with their derivatives, the section on development, design and production is naturally short. The one on the use seems to be slightly disorganized, with it partially following the model line, and partially the theatre of operations line. Some individual actions are described, while other sectors get relatively high level coverage (i.e. Russia). A couple of paragraphs on the use of captured examples or the use in foreign service would have been nice, too.
The language is readable overall, even if one can tell that the author is not a native speaker.
To conclude I can certainly recommend the book to someone interested in the field, as it summarizes the topic in a fairly compact format, even if there are some organizational glitches. The Kindle formating is also leagues ahead of something like the Bob Carruthers series of books on the German military in WW2, which is nice.