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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 19:06 pm 
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Just finished reading a book about the Italain campaign and mentions that after the liberation an Italian Army fought along side the Allied forces. Just wondered who supplied them with kit and equipment, etc.

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i think alot fo it was supplied by the brits,as I seem to remember the Folgore made a combat jump in brit gear
supermario would be your best bet on here
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Facisnating just done a google search on it... Be interested to know what colours the patch are..
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Shaun wrote:
Just finished reading a book about the Italain campaign and mentions that after the liberation an Italian Army fought along side the Allied forces. Just wondered who supplied them with kit and equipment, etc....


December 1943 to Fall, 1944: Italian uniforms, with no significant changes from the past, both for combat and service units;

Fall 1944- May 1945, three separate uniforms regimes coexisted for Italian troops:
- the Combat Groups (Brigade size front line units) were dressed and equipped with British uniforms, gear, weapons, etc.; Italian rank and unit patches were kept, as well as - usually - Italian headgear (but not helmets);
- pack mule units, as well as engineers close to the front lines, wore predominantly British battledress uniforms dyed a dark sage green, oftem mixed with US issue clothing (e.g., US shirts, etc.) and a sprinkling of Italian uniform garments here and there; Italian headgear was used here too, and also Italian equipment / weapons when applicable;
- other "auxiliary units" (e.g., guard units, HQ troops in liberated areas, etc.) usually retained Italian uniforms as before 1943.

Use this as a rough guide only, there are many small details changing depending on the situation, time period, etc. (e.g., officers'rank badges in the Combat Groups were changed to a British style - using stars on the battledress jackets' shoulder straps - at the beginning of 1945).

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forgot to add: there was a fourth group of Italians in service with the Allies, but these, formally, were not considered part of the Royal Italian Army - the so-called Italian Service Units (ISU). These units were formed by Italian POWs (thus the reason for not being considered part of the "cobelligerent" Italian Army by the Allies), and were extensively used in North Africa and Italy (mostly, in Italy, at port installations etc.). These ISU's were entirely dressed with US Army uniforms (not dyed green, but modified by taking away any US national emblem - e.g., brass buttons on class A jackets were substituted with plain plastic buttons), had a specific shoulder patch in Italy (the shape of the Italian peninsula), usually retained Italian headgear and still used Italian rank badges.

The ISUs were paid better than their same-rank Italian Army counterparts, and the US commands had a job in preventing quarrels and discontent when the latter came in too close contact with the former!

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P.S.: ISUs were also formed in the US, but had different badges.

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