Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45

Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849088572
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Series: Elite
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,234,363
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Piero Crociani acts as a consultant for the Italian Army Historical Branch and is the author of several articles, essays and books on Italian military history. Amongst his published words are The Albanians in the Italian Armed Forces (Rome, 2001); The Neapolitan Army 1806-15 (Milan, 1987) and, together with Virgilio Ilari and Giancarlo Boeri, A Military History of Murat's Kingdom (1806-15) (Milan, 2007).

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in Military History at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Navy Special Forces: 1st & 10th Mas Flotilla, 1940-43 6


Organization, 1941

Craft and equipment


Midget Submarines & the Black Sea 21

'San Marco' Naval Infantry 24


Italian landing forces

'San Marco' Regiment: operations 'P', 'N' & 'NP' special forces

Air Force Special Forces 36

1st Air Force Paratroop Unit

'Loreto' Battalion

1st Air Force Assault Regiment 'Amedeo d'Aosta'

Air Force Assault Engineer Battalion (ADRA)

Borghese and the Xa Mas Units, 1943-45 42

The Italian surrender

The RSI Navy special assault forces

Operations The Xa MAS naval infantry

Early operations

The 'Divisione Decima' A 'flotilla' swallows a navy

Operations, December 1944-April 1945

'Folgore' Parachute Regiment, 1943-45 57

Conclusions 60

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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