Pier Paolo Battistelli, Piero Crociani's Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces PDF

By Pier Paolo Battistelli, Piero Crociani

ISBN-10: 1849088578

ISBN-13: 9781849088572

This quantity assesses the bold exact Forces fielded through Italy's army and air strength in international struggle II. Italian army certain Forces have been really energetic and revered within the Mediterranean, the place tenth Motor-Torpedo Boat Flotilla used frogmen, ‘two-man torpedoes' and explosive ram-boats. The Italian Air strength shaped a unique commando unit, ADRA, ahead of the 1943 give up; it was once tasked with attacking Allied airfields and communications in North Africa. males from ADRA and armed forces paratroopers shaped the hot ‘Folgore' Regiment, which additionally endured to struggle along German forces till 1945. In either situations, the pro-Allied Italian forces additionally shaped ‘mirror' devices to struggle along US and British forces, together with the Recce Squadron ‘F'. that includes infrequent pictures and particularly commissioned paintings, this publication tells the tale of the little-known elite forces fielded via Italy's army and air strength in global battle II, a few of whose successors stay in provider with today's Italian defense force.

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Following the Anzio landing on 22 January 1944, one RSI paratroop and one Italian Waffen-SS battalion were sent to the area, along with the 800-strong ‘Barbarigo’ Battalion. This arrived on 4 March and was deployed on the Mussolini Canal south-east of the beachhead, under command of the German 715th Division. The Germans noted its overall lack of training and experience, but the ‘Barbarigo’ performed satisfactorily (mostly in patrol work), and showed a willingness to improve. In March– April two artillery batteries were also formed, with 105/28 and 105/32 guns; this core of the ‘San Giorgio’ Artillery Bn was to be followed by two other units, the ‘Colleoni’ and ‘Da Giussano’ battalions.

1st Air Force Assault Regiment ‘Amedeo d’Aosta’ After the decision to cancel the invasion of Malta the Air Force paratroop unit moved to Arezzo, Tuscany, in late summer 1942. Most of the personnel were granted leave, and the unit was almost forgotten until November, when the Allied Torch landings in Morocco and Algeria concentrated the minds of the high command. Both the 1st Paratroop Unit and the ‘Loreto’ Bn were sent at first to Sicily; and there, on 16 November at Marsala, these units were merged to form the 1° Reggimento d’Assalto della Regia Aeronautica ‘Amedeo d’Aosta’ (1st Air Force Assault Regiment ‘Amedeo d’Aosta’ – named after the Air Force general who had been Viceroy of Ethiopia).

The battalions would never attain more than perhaps half-strength, but the announcement claimed that elite status counted for more than sheer numbers. In July 1944 the battalions ‘Barbarigo’, ‘Sagittario’, ‘Fulmine’, ‘Valanga’, ‘Freccia’, part of the ‘NP’, the ‘Colleoni’ artillery and, from 10 August, the ‘Lupo’, were sent to the Canavese region of north-west Italy. They soon clashed with the partisans, and on 8 July the 1st Regt lost their Cdr Bardelli. In late July the Raggruppamento Borghese (Combat Group Borghese) was formed, taking under command the German I Bn/15.

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