By Charles Stephenson
The Italo-Ottoman warfare, as a prelude to the exceptional hostilities that will stick to, has such a lot of firsts and tips to the bleak destiny: the 1st 3-dimensional battle with aerial reconnaissance and bombing, and the 1st use of armored cars, working in live performance with traditional floor and naval forces; warfare fever whipped up through the Italian press; army incompetence and stalemate; classes in how to not struggle a guerrilla battle; mass dying from illness and 10,000 extra from reprisals and executions. Thirty thousand males may die in a fight for what may well defined as little greater than a scatolone di sabbia – a field of sand.
As acclaimed historian Charles Stephenson portrays during this ground-breaking examine, if there's an exemplar of the futility of struggle, this is often it. except the dying and the massive fee to Italy (much greater than was once initially envisaged), the most final result was once to halve the Libyan inhabitants via emigration, famine and casualties.
The Italo-Ottoman struggle was once a clash overshadowed via the nice battle – yet one that in lots of methods presaged the horrors to come back. A field of Sand could be of significant curiosity to scholars of army heritage and people with an curiosity within the background of North Africa and the improvement of know-how in war.
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A Box of Sand: The Italo-Ottoman War 1911-1912 by Charles Stephenson