Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940–43

Italian Army Elite Units & Special Forces 1940–43

Elite 99
  • Author: Pier Paolo Battistelli
  • Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Short code: ELI 99
  • Publication Date: 20 Nov 2011
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Italian military historian Pier Paolo Battistelli examines the elite and specialforces units of the Italian Army during World War II. 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. While the Italian units discussed enjoyed mixed success, the volume draws attention to the incredibly hard fighting done by some 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.

Biographical Note

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in Military History at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943.Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Edouard Detaille. His interests include karate, running, Bible reading, history, and making English longbows.

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

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