Italian Bersaglieri

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The Bersaglieri (snipers) were highly skilled marksmen and superbly trained soldiers, easily identifiable by their helmets, which sported large black capercaillie feathers. As light infantry troops, they were encouraged to have a greater degree of independence and initiative than regular Italian army troops, and this panache served them well during the war.

During World War II, the Bersaglieri became a focal point of Italy's push toward mobile warfare. Several units of these highly motivated, aggressive troops were equipped with bicycles or motorcycles to fight alongside the Italian armored and motorized divisions.

Seeing action in France and Greece in the first years of the war, they would also do well in North Africa with 12 regiments fighting in the East Africa, West Desert and Sicily campaigns. On several occasions, Bersaglieri units fought to the last man when their German allies fled, belying the contemporary view that Italian soldiers were mostly cowardly. The Bersalgieri saw battles on the Eastern Front against Stalin's Red Army.

Avanti Italia!

The box contains 30 highly customizable plastic figures, bases and a waterslide decal sheet.

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