Italian Arditi

Italian Arditi

Elite Assault Troops 1917–20

Warrior 87
  • Author: Angelo Pirocchi
  • Illustrator: Velimir Vuksic
  • Short code: WAR 87
  • Publication Date: 25 Mar 2004
  • ISBN: 9781841766867
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

The Italian Reparti d'Assalto (Assault Units) of World War I were a truly elite force. The word ardito (pl. arditi) means bold or daring, and, as their name suggests, their role required courage, as well as specific combat skills. This book takes a close look at the origins, training, dress, weaponry and equipment of the Arditi, and examines the daily life, motivation and combat role of these elite soldiers. The legacy of their identity is also examined, in the presence of D'Annunzio and rise to power of Mussolini in post-war Italy.

Biographical Note

Angelo L. Pirocchi was born in Milan in 1969. Since the early 1990s he has dedicated himself to academic and military research, and has published books and articles on peacekeeping and military history. He has also served as an International Officer in Bosnia and Albania. Velimir Vuksic is an experienced military illustrator, whose published work covers a wide variety of periods, conflicts and armies. He has worked for numerous magazines over the years, including Military Illustrated. A native of Croatia, Velimir has also served in the armed forces, as a paratrooper.


Introduction The origins and deployment of the Arditi Chronology of the war on the Italian Front Recruitment Training Clothing and equipment Uniforms and insignia Equipment Weapons Individual weapons Crew-served weapons Daily life The Ardito in battle Tactics The experience of battle Combat organisation At war's end Demobilisation Aftermath: the Ardito legacy in the 1920s Museums, collections and associations Glossary Bibliography Colour plate commentary Index

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