Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940–43

Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940–43 cover

Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940–43

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This volume by leading Italian historian, Pier Paolo Battistelli, looks at the elite and special forces units of the Italian Army during World War II (1939-1945). This includes a vast array of troop types including paratroopers, assault engineers, sea-landing and swimmer units, long-range recce and ski units, and even hand-picked Fascist 'Mussolini' units. It also delves into the specialist tank and armoured units that were created to emulate the German armoured units. The Italian units discussed here enjoyed mixed success but the volume does draw attention to the incredible hard fighting done by some, particularly in the deserts of North Africa and the frozen wastelands of Russia. Illustrated with rare archival photographs and specially commissioned artwork this is a fascinating insight into a little-studied aspect of Axis forces.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Elite units – armour: tank and mechanized units of 'Centauro', 'Ariete' & 'Littorio' divisions, and 'Trento' and 'Trieste' motorized divisions – scout groups, armoured scout units /Paratroopers: experimental units – 'Folgore' and 'Nemdo' divisions /Assault engineers: 31st and 32nd 'Guastatori' battalions /Special Units: 'Monte Cervino' ski battalions – X Arditi regiment: paratrooper, swimmer and LRRP companies – 'Red Arrows' Group: Arab, Indian turncoat, and Italian assault volunteer battalions /Fascist 'Mussolini' units: sea-landing battalions, tank units

Product details

Published Nov 22 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849085953
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 2 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 99
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Pier Paolo Battistelli

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in Military…

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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