Again this is taking back to my point." the Russian Front in winter. With no contact with the enemy they lost engines, planes, and mechanics sent to the hospital with frostbite.
George Buerling from a book by Miles Constable entitled "George Beurling, Canadian Ace" (Beurling had 32 confirmed air to air kills and faced off against both the Germans and Italians.)
"The Eyeties are comparatively easy to shoot down. Oh, they're brave enough. In fact, I think the Eyeties have more courage than the Germans, but their tactics aren't so good. They are very good gliders, but they try to do clever acrobatics and looping. But they will stick with it even if things are going against them, whereas the Jerries will run."
If not yet known, I recommend to Italian speakers to read this book:
Written by Franco Pagliano, a former RA pilot, give a clear picture of our airforce in WW2.
I don't know if iot has been translated in English.
I don't know enough to comment on this, one thing is for sure though, I do want to know a lot more about the RA. Hopefully this will be the right thread for that....
It is one man's opinion, I think you are blowing it out of proportion a bit.This words are heavy like a million tons of the toughest stone and make me proud and happy. So we were not the cowards that the propoganda wanted us to be....
That's an important truth that came out in this small thread. Fantastic, IMHO.
I would add that the French are also the butt of such ideas.
Same as me, I hope it stays informative and civil.
You will see a lot of this here in this forum, but I think that the majority (honestly) is nothing more than an attempt at humor. I think than any serious historian (whether it is a hobby historian like the majority of us or a proffesional) knows that the French (and even the Italians) fought couragiously like any other soldier or army.
Seeing as how its been brought up, MY opinion (and thats all it is) was that the RA were better pilots than the French - in general. Several books I have read give the impression that the Italian soldiers were the ones that had no fightring ability especially in 1940. But I have never read where they were considered cowards.