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Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces by Pier Paolo Battistelli, Piero Crociani

By Pier Paolo Battistelli, Piero Crociani

This quantity assesses the ambitious unique Forces fielded via Italy's military and air strength in global struggle II. Italian military distinctive Forces have been relatively 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 distinct commando unit, ADRA, sooner than the 1943 give up; it was once tasked with attacking Allied airfields and communications in North Africa. males from ADRA and military paratroopers shaped the hot ‘Folgore' Regiment, which additionally persevered 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 photos and especially commissioned paintings, this e-book tells the tale of the little-known elite forces fielded by way of Italy's military and air strength in global warfare II, a few of whose successors stay in carrier with today's Italian militia.

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Com  On 27 October 1943, Buttazzoni formed under Borghese’s command a new Battaglione ‘NP’ with an HQ and two, later three companies. Intended for sabotage and espionage behind Allied lines, the battalion was sent for training to Iesolo, where a 4th (Mortar) Co was formed in December 1943– January 1944; this was followed by a 5th (Heavy Weapons) Company. Sabotage specialists were grouped into a separate company, to be carried by CB midget submarines. A first mission failed, the group of four being immediately captured and – since they were in disguise – shot by the Allies.

Partisan losses were 369 killed, 14 wounded and 190 captured, at the cost of 32 killed (2 Germans), 119 wounded (6 Germans) and 32 missing. Later in October 1944 the Divisione Decima was ordered to move to the Veneto region in north-eastern Italy. com  A ‘flotilla’ swallows a navy The new role of Borghese’s Xª MAS, along with the crisis during summer 1944 that followed the Allied advance to the Gothic Line and the general uprising of Italian partisans, led to a clash between the RSI authorities and the Kriegsmarine high command in Italy.

Advantage of the captured South African and British stores depots). Apart from a small group of 45 all ranks who were detached and sent to Mersa Matruh in Egypt, the rest of the battalion was retained in Tobruk for garrison and coastal defence tasks. 5 mile) stretch of coastline extending on both sides of the town, mostly in small strongpoints formed around a single heavy MG or an AT gun. These little groups suffered from isolation and lack of adequate communications, and had to be resupplied with food and water every two days.

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