Italian Arditi

Elite Assault Troops 1917–20

Italian Arditi cover

Italian Arditi

Elite Assault Troops 1917–20

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The Italian Reparti d'Assalto (Assault Units) of World War I (1914-1918) 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.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published Mar 25 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841766867
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 51 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 87
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Velimir Vuksic

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