Mussolini famously boasted that the Italian army had eight million bayonets standing at the ready. In actuality, the standing Italian army was far smaller than that, with huge numbers of troops conscripted into a war they neither believed in nor understood. The fighting ability of units of the Italian army varied greatly, with much of the rank and file lacking proper equipment, transport and even motivation. Still, there were several key battles in North Africa and the Eastern Front where they performed well.
This Italian Army bundle, featuring our brand-new plastics, is exclusive to the pre-order period. Armed with 30 highly customisable infantry that will serve equally well in a number of World War Two theatres, and complemented by weapons teams and the Carro Armato/Semovente you’ll be prepped to take on the rigours of North Africa.
To facilitate this, also included is the campaign book, The Western Desert. Packed with scenarios, units and rules pertinent to the North African campaign, it is a fascinating theatre to explore. We’re even throwing in the no longer available Western Desert book miniature – The Desert Fox. You’ll also receive the Italy: Soft Underbelly pre-order miniature, Major General Enrico Francisci – only usually available alongside pre-orders of that campaign book.
Italian Army & Blackshirts
Campaign: The Western Desert
Italian 81mm mortar team in sun hats
Italian Solothurn anti-tank rifle team in sun hats
Campaign Western Desert Special Miniature – General Rommel the Desert Fox
Campaign Italy: Soft Underbelly Special Miniature - Major General Enrico Francisci