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Italian soldier 1917 by JozsefSvab Italian soldier 1917 by JozsefSvab
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This one here is an "Ardito incursore", isn't he ?
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  New member
He is an ardito of The Speardead, "Riparti di assalto" they were battalion aggregate to the Army Corps, and the battalion number was the same of the army corps, in a weak army, with no more motivation than hold out, they were selected depending on they adhesion to the war and phisical strenght.  They were more trained, paid and equipped than infantry battalion, itì'was not a rule, but they didn't serve in trench, they were used to sudden attack and counter attack.
There were also Reggimental arditi, a platoon for each reggiment of infantry and one foreach battalion of bersaglieri and alpini, they were more similar to the austrian sturmtruppen, had the same regimental flash and do the same service, but during offensive they led their  older and less motived comrade to the attack.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
A weak army? Davvero? So che ci sono rumori (?) che le forze armate Italiane erano debole, ma non ci ho mai reduto.
Hanno una brutta riputazione, forse. Ma non credo che questa sia meritata.

Forse vuoi dire che il morale non era al massimo dopo la sconfitta di Caporetto?
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  New member
Complimenti per l'italiano.....

No, la guerra fu voluta da piccole lobby, la maggioranza del parlamento era socialista e cattolica, schierata contro la guerra, non ci fu mai l'unione sacra come in Francia.  Probabilmente l'umore migliorò dopo Caporetto, finalmente una guerra difensiva dopo 11 inutili e sanguinose battaglie sull'Isonzo. Sul Piave le truppe combatterono con grande coraggio, e così fu anche nelle prime 7 battaglie dell'Isonzo. 
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