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WAR 087 Italian Arditi Elite Assault Troops 1917–20

WAR 087 Italian Arditi Elite Assault Troops 1917–20
Autor: Angelo L. Pirocchi
Data publikacji: 2004-03-25
ISBN: 9781841766867
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 64
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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.

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

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 is the co-owner and manager of La Libreria Militare (The Military Bookshop - www.libreriamilitare.com) in Milan, the first specialist bookshop in Italy for military history readers. He also served as an International Officer in Bosnia and Albania.

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