Italian Arditi: Elite Assult Troops 1917-20

Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841766867
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,449,248
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

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 has also served as an International Officer in Bosnia and Albania.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
The Origins and Deployment of the Arditi 5
Chronology of the War on the Italian Front 15
Recruitment 17
Training 21
Clothing and Equipment 25
Uniforms and insignia
Equipment
Weapons 29
Individual weapons
Crew-served weapons
Daily Life 42
The Ardito in Battle 46
Tactics
The experience of battle
Combat organisation
At War's End 53
Demobilisation
Aftermath: The Ardito Legacy in the 1920s 56
Museums, Collections and Associations 60
Glossary 60
Bibliography 61
Colour Plate Commentary 62
Index 64
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