• As some of you know, the old forum database was deleted by the previous administrator. I am attempting to paste any retrievable discussions back into this forum using the internet archive. It won't look pretty - but at least we can preserve some valuable information. Feel free to add to the discussions as these old posts are restored.

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  1. jwsleser

    Reports of COL Marco Bizzi

    This is one of a series of reports either written by col. Bizzi or collected by him. Colonello Bizzi was sent to A.S. in March 1942 to collect technical information on the functionality of Italian systems, especially armored vehicles and weapons. I am translating and posting them here. Once all...
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    Firing Tests of 75mm and 100mm Pronto Effetto (P.E.) Rounds

    The following is a translation of one of the reports written/collected by colonnello Mario Bizzi during his technical mission in Africa settentrionale in March 1941. I am in the process of translating these reports. ----------- SHOOTING EXPERIMENT WITH P.E. FROM 75[mm] and 100[mm guns] AND WITH...
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    Compagnia presidiaria - designations and units of assignment.

    I have learned about units called compagnia presidiaria. These are companies that are part of each regiment and are used for requirements behind the lines of the regiment. Examples are garrison duties, movement control, security, etc. The companies are formed using soldiers not fit for front...
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    Considerations after 3 months of the Greek-Italian War

    A friend provide this translation of a document from the SME archives. The document was written by generale Emilio BANCALE, commender of the VIII C.A. No date is on the document, but given the three months in the title and the fact that gen Bancale was placed by generale Gastone Gambara on 7 Feb...
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    Digital Collection of USSME books (and others)

    I saw this posted on another website. Biblioteca Militare is online collection of various books and journals, many of which were published by the USSME. It doesn't allow downloading as a visitor, but you can read the items online. You can sign-up (I have not), but I don't know if that gives you...
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    Reparti motociclisti

    Like other organizations in the Regio Esercito (R.E.), the organization of the reparti motocicilisti is difficult to pin down. Part of what follows in guesswork in trying to develop a generalize understanding from a limited number of examples. As always, please comment and correct if you have an...
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    Distretti Miltari e Comando di Difesa Territoriale

    I have attached a .pdf list of the Comando di Difesa Territoriale and Distretti Militari numbers and locations. Several times I have tried to find this information on web when I am away from my books with no results. By placing the information on CS, I at least will be able to reference the data...
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    Organization of the Eritrean and Somali Battalions in A.O.I.

    This was copied from the Organization of the Libyan units thread. Frederico wrote on 1 Dec 2019 Were the Eritrean and Somali Battalions of AOI similarly organized [as the Libyan units]? [jwsleser comment to clarify the question] jwsleser wrote on 1 Dec 2019 I would need to research to...
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    The Italian War on the Eastern Front, 1941-1943 Operations, Myths, and Memories

    By Bastian Matteo Scianna Bottomline first - This is a book for a specialist or one that has a deep, long-term interest in studying the Regio Esercito (R.E.). It is not a detailed account of the activities of the CSIR or the ARMIR. If interested in the latter, what you will read doesn’t...
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    Organization of the Libyan units

    This thread documents the organization of the Libyan units. The intent is document any changes during the war by date. Please comment/correct. The main source used is: Struttura, uniformi, distintivi ed insegne delle truppe libiche 1912-1943 by Ales, Crociani, and Viotti - USSME 2012 Elements...
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    Italian reinforcements to Tunisia

    This questions was asked in another forum. @@@@@@@@ Hi, everyone, I try to collect some data on Axis reinforcement for Tunisia in Nov-Dec 1942. something like Pz, gun, units. What I have on hand is below : 10. Panzer division, with actual arrival of 19 x Pz II, 89 x Pz III, 8 x Pz IV and 6 x...
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    The Fall of Massawa

    I was asked this question in a PM on another site. I decided to post the question here to see if others had any insight. @@@@@@@@@ one question: do you know what was, roughly, the numerical strength of the Allied (British, Indian, Free French) forces that took Massawa in April 1941? How many...
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    Volugrafo Aermoto 125

    A scooter for use by the paracadutisti. Volugrafo Aermoto 125
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    Semoventi

    Antonio Posted 25 May 2004 - 04:06 PM I would like to know how many semovente battalions there were in existence during ww2 and which were its numbers and if they were independents or attached to armoured divisions? Thanks in advance Antonio Michele Posted 28 May 2004 - 04:58 PM I think I...
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    Autoblindo Fiat Tripoli

    Dili Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:58 PM https://digilander.libero.it/trombealvento/mezzim/fiattripoli.htm What unit would have this in 1940? PAI? GAF? Dili Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:47 PM Legend says 2 Fiat Tripoli "strutures" mounted over SPA 25C chassis captured by British forces in first...
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    Organization of the Alpini

    This thread documents the organization of the Italian bersaglieri. The intent is document any changes during the war by date. Please comment/correct. The main sources used are: Addestramento della fanteria volume I Istruzione formale Ministero della Guerra 1940 Handbook on the Italian Military...
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    US Army Squad

    This discussion started in the Organization of the Infantry thread under the Regio Esercito section. You can read it below. https://comandosupremo.com/forums/index.php?threads/organization-of-the-infantry.120/ My apologies about the terms. I haven't looked at a US WW2 field manual in over 15...
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    Organization of the Bersaglieri

    This thread documents the organization of the Italian bersaglieri. The intent is document any changes during the war by date. Please comment/correct. The main sources used are: Addestramento della fanteria volume I Istruzione formale Ministero della Guerra 1940 Handbook on the Italian Military...
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    History of the Italian squadra fanteria (Infantry squad)

    While doing some research for another thread, I began to look at the development of the Italian infantry squad. I decided that it is worth sharing as it helps to clear up some issues in understanding the organization of this basic unit. All this information is from L'esercito italiano tra la 1ª...
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    Organization of the infantry

    This thread documents the organization of the Italian infantry. The intent is document any changes during the war by date. Please comment/correct. The main sources used are: Addestramento della fanteria volume I e II Ministero della Guerra 1940 Handbook on the Italian Military Forces Military...
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