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Bolt Action: Italian Army & Blackshirts

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Bolt Action: Italian Army & Blackshirts

Mussolini famously boasted that the Italian army had eight million bayonetsstanding at the ready. In actuality, the standing Italian army was far smallerthan that, with huge numbers of troops conscripted into a war they neitherbelieved in nor understood. The fighting ability of units of the Italian armyvaried greatly, with much of the rank and file lacking proper equipment,transport and even motivation. Still, there were several key battles in NorthAfrica and the Eastern Front where they performed well.

Initially, the standard rifle was the Carcano Model 1891 as used in WorldWar I. A shortened version was introduced in 1941 (the M91/41); this along withthe M38 Carbine, was intended to replace the M1891 – the shorter barrelsbeing far more practical for the infantry to carry and manoeuvre. These lattertwo weapons are represented in our new plastics. Also represented is the M91/38cavalry carbine – typically issued with a fixed rear sight (set to200 metres) and a folding bayonet. The excellent 9mm Beretta M38 was thestandard sub-machine gun. The Italian light machine gun – the Breda Model1930 – suffered from a slow rate of fire, the same small calibre ammunitionas the squad’s rifles, and a mechanism prone to jamming and breakage.

Camicie Nere (Blackshirts) Militia

The MVSN or Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (Voluntary Militiafor National Security) was made by the Fascist Party into a paramilitaryorganization similar in concept to the German SS. The rank and organizationalterminology used by the MVSN was very close to that of ancient Rome, withlegions, centuries, cohorts, maniples and so on. Mostly concerned withterritorial security and counter-partisan activities, in wartime the CamicieNere were organized into ‘assault legions’ that were fielded alongsideregular army infantry divisions to reinforce them and as a way to‘politicize’ the Regio Esercito.

The quality of these militia units varied immensely, ranging from barelytrained village bullies to veterans of the Spanish Civil War and highlymotivated ‘Giovani Fascisti’ (young fascists).

The Sprue

The Italian uniform changed several times during the course of the war and wechose the pattern that could best represent a wide array of troops, at differenttimes during the war, and in different theatres of operation. At 28mm scale,these are ideal to represent M37 or M40 tunics. We have also included theCamiciotto Sahariana pullover smock for added variety.

Weaponry includes the M91/41 rifle, M91/38 Carcano Cavalry Carbine, M38ABeretta SMG, M38 Carcano carbine, M1934, 9mm Beretta pistol and BredaM30 LMG.

A wide variety of headgear for the Italian Army and Blackshirts areincluded – M33 steel helmets, Bustina cap, M1935 pith helmet, Blackshirt softfez & Blackshirt hard fez.

Not only that but the sprue contains masses of optional extras such as twotypes of gas mask bags, goggles, bayonets, combat knives, etc!

Box contains 30 plastic highly customisable Italian Infantry, with decalsheet and assembly guide.

Miniatures require assembly and are supplied unpainted.

Product Details

Product Code: 35597885
Barcode: 5060917990103
Brand: Bolt Action


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Our delivery rates vary based on the weight and volume of your total order. An accurate shipping cost will be calculated during the checkout process. Orders are shipped by air via Australia Post straight to your door! 

Delivery Times
The Board Gamer orders ship from our fulfillment partner Mighty Ape. Their warehouse is based in New Zealand with daily flights across the Tasman with Australia Post.

As a result of courier delays the current standard delivery times for In Stock products using Australia Post are as follows:

 

 QLD  4-7 business days
 NSW  4-8 business days
 ACT  4-8 business days
 VIC  6-9 business days
 SA  7-10 business days

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