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The Allied landings in Sicily (July 10th, 1943) were the


frst step in the invasion of Italy. In 1943 criticism of
Mussolinis conduct of the war mounted, particularly in the
army and Monarchist circles. The Italian government was
fed up with the war and the invasion of Sicily threw it into
crisis and the Italian Fascist leaders opposed to Mussolini
began to agitate for his removal. While Mussolini and
Hitler met on July 19 in Northern Italy, US warplanes
bombed Rome and killed 2000 people. On July 25, King
Vittorio Emanuele III had Il Duce arrested and replaced
him with Marshal Pietro Badoglio, the Army Chief of
Staff.
OPEkATlON ACHSE
When Mussolini fell on 25 July 1943 Hitler was greatly
disturbed over the fate of his fellow dictator and wanted to
take immediate action by staging a coup dtat with German
troops. He wanted to arrest Badoglio and the King, liberate
Mussolini, and re-establish the fascist regime under German
protection. Elements of the 2nd Parachute Division were at
once fown to Rome to bolster German strength. But
caution, ignorance of Mussolinis whereabouts, and the
apparent willingness of the Italians to maintain the alliance
with Germany restrained Hitler. However, the idea was not
dropped and General Kurt Student was charged with
preparing the overthrow of Badoglios government with
the XI Air Corps, a parachute unit, now dispatched to Italy.
At the same time Otto Skorzeny, a daredevil SS offcer,
received the mission of locating and liberating Mussolini.
Instead of a sudden and dramatic move, Hitler decided to
occupy Italy unobtrusively and gradually by increasing the
number of German divisions in the country, if possible in
agreement with Comando Supremo.
On 1 August 1943 OKW issued a new and revised version
of the plan to take over Italy. Assigned the code name
ACHSE (Axis), the plan recognized the danger to German
troops in Italy that would come about from Italian defection
and Allied landings on the Italian mainland. There were as
yet no strong German forces in northern Italy and Rommels
headquarters was still in Munich. German forces in southern
and central Italy and on Sicily had been increased to eight
divisions. Of these, three divisions and part of a fourth were
fghting on Sicily, one division was located on Sardinia,
and an SS brigade occupied Corsica. At this time it was
believed that Italian treachery could isolate all the
German forces in southern and central Italy as well as those
fghting on Sicily.
The directive still envisioned Kesselring directing a
withdrawal to the Rome area, which was to be held until all
troops had escaped from the south and from Sardinia. The
Germans were to disarm the Italian Army in the process
and to treat evacuated territory as hostile country. Rommel
was to secure and occupy all the Alpine and Apennine
passes as well as the major northern ports. The Italian Army
was to be disarmed and the region of northern Italy pacifed
with the help of fascist organizations. Other sections
contained instructions to the Commander-in-Chief-
Southeast for taking over the defence of the Balkans and
disarming Italian troops in that region.
On 8 September Kesselring was faced with the triple task
of opposing the Allied armies, establishing German forces
on the mainland, and rendering the Italian armed forces
ineffective. In this mission he was aided by the lack of
Italian fghting spirit and poor planning on the part of
Comando Supremo. In the Tenth Army sector Italian troops
all but disappeared overnight; near Rome Kesselring
needed only two days to convince the fve Italian divisions
located there to go home; in the north Rommel methodically
disarmed and dissolved all Italian Army units. Italy had
ceased to be an ally, but she also ceased to be a threat.
Unhampered by the previously necessary regard for the
sensitivity of Comando Supremo and the Italian
Government, the Germans proceeded to conduct the
defence of Italy with no considerations except their own
self-interest.
Operation Achse was a success: 48 hours after the armistice,
14 German divisions disarmed 33 Italian divisions and the
Italian Army was largely disbanded. On 12 September
1943, after weeks of research, the German intelligence
services managed to locate where Mussolini was being
held as a prisoner and launched a covert operation to rescue
him.
The coup de main, organized and performed by German
Parachutists, was a success and, two days later, a worn-out
Duce arrived at Rastenburg where he found several of his
hard-line fascist generals waiting. After strong pressure
from Hitler, Mussolini accepted a new political role as the
head of the new Italian Fascist Government, and on
September 23rd, 1943, the Repubblica Sociale Italiana
(in short RSI) was founded with its capital located at Sal,
a small village on Lake Garda.
ESEkClTO NAZlONAlE kEPUllCANO (NATlONAl
kEPUllCAN AkMY)
After the Italian armistice, a virtual civil war broke out
within the forces of the defunct Italian Armies between
those who continued support of the Axis cause and those
joining the Allies. A few units were able to stand together;
while some went over to the Allies, such as the garrison of
Sardinia, while others went over to the Germans. The great
majority of the Italian army, left without orders, was
disbanded. The Germans killed thousands of soldiers in
attempts to quell any resistance and attempts by the former
Axis troops to join the Allies or the partisans; and others
were disarmed, sent to Germany and interned in work
camps.
An inventory done by General Jodl showed that Operation
Student led to confscation from Italian troops of 1,255,660
rifes, 38,383 machine guns, 9,986 artillery pieces, 15,500
vehicles, 6,760 mules and horses. Approximately 60,000
Italian soldiers were interned in German camps.
After the RSI formation, Mussolini obtained out of Hitler
the re-establishment of Italian Armed Forces, under the
guide of General Rodolfo Graziani. After many summits
between Italian and German authorities, the Esercito
Nazionale Repubblicano was founded on 27th October
1943.
ADOCllOTkUPPEN
The original protocol, signed in Rastenburg on 16 October,
provided that:
a) OKW should have equipped, armed and trained four
Italian divisions (one alpine and three infantry) for a total
of 52,000 men. The main part of these to be volunteers
from prison camps in Germany. Becasue of this the German
instructors tasks should have been easier becasue the
offcers, NCOs, and soldiers were veterans of three years of
Per lonore dItalia
Post-1943 Italian Fascist ENR forces for Flames of War
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Italian RSI Special Rules
Due to their training by the Germans in German methods
the Italian RSI troops use the following German Special
Rules: Kampfgruppe, Mission Tactics and Stormtroopers.
8 Million Bayonets
To refect the rather mixed source of the recruits and sub-
sequent mixed performance the Italian RSI troops retain
the 8 Million Bayonets rule.
8 Million Bayonets
Roll IAlpini IIFucilieri IIIFanteriadiMarina IVBersaglieri
(Monterosa) (Littorio) (SanMarco) (Italia)
1 Reluctant Trained Reluctant Trained Reluctant Trained Reluctant Trained
2 Reluctant Trained Reluctant Veteran Reluctant Trained Reluctant Trained
3 Reluctant Veteran Confdent Trained Reluctant Veteran Reluctant Trained
4 Confdent Trained Confdent Trained Confdent Veteran Confdent Trained
5 Confdent Veteran Confdent Veteran Fearless Trained Confdent Veteran
6 Fearless Trained Fearless Trained Fearless Trained Fearless Trained
Italian platoons are rated as I Alpini, II Fucilieri or
Regular, III Fanteria di Marina, or IV Besaglieri to re-
fect the different divisions. After deployment, but before
the frst turn, roll a die for each platoon and its attached
teams and consult the 8 Million Bayonets table to deter-
mine their Training and Motivation characteristics.
war. After four months, in early June 1944, the frst divisions
were to be ready to reach the Italian front, while another
four divisions were to have started training, returning to
Italy by the end of that year;
b) A ninth armoured division was to be formed in Wunsdorf,
at the German Motorized Military School. Completely
equipped with German tanks, it was to have been composed
of personnel coming from Italian armoured and motorized
divisions;
c) The Italian High Command was to have organized about
30,000 men to form alpine artillery, engineers and anti-
aircraft companies to be put at the disposal of German
divisions operating in Italy, mainly for anti-aircraft and
coastal defence.
It was very soon clear that German promises wouldnt be
carried out. Field-Marshal Keitel, OKW commandant, and
the other German generals didnt trust the Italian prisoners,
defned derisively as Badogliotruppen, viewing them as
untrustworthy and unwilling. Only about 13,100 (3,275
men per division) left the prison camps as volunteers. The
RSI government had to resort to conscription to complete
the numbers necessary for the four planned divisions.
THE lOUk DlYlSlONS
The conscription called on the classes of 1925 and 1924.
The RSI authorities were amazed by the enthusiastic
response during the frst few weeks. When it was known
that the Italian divisions were going to be trained in
Germany quite a lot of them, thinking that the call up was
just an excuse to deport them, preferred to desert with many
joining the partisans in the mountains. The training location
was imposed by OKW, offcially to offer the well-organised
German training facilities, where large-scale manoeuvres
and exercises could take place. In fact Field-Marshal Keitel
didnt want the four divisions, well trained and equipped,
but potentially unfaithful, detached in the immediate rear
of Kesserlings front-line troops.
At the beginning of 1944 the frst troop trains, guarded by
German armed sentries, left Italy to carry to Germany the
recruits of the frst four divisions of the new RSI Army:
- 1st (later 4th) Alpini Division Monterosa
- 2nd Infantry Division Littorio
- 3rd Naval Infantry Division San Marco
- 4th (later 1st) Bersaglieri Division Italia
The human composition of the divisions was very
heterogeneous. There were hard fascists, veterans of the
Royal Army, prisoners who volunteered only to come back
to Italy, or just to leave the lagers, 19 year old conscripts,
captured absentees and even mopped up and forgiven
partisans. Life in the training camps was miserable, with
bare survival meals and incredibly hard physical and
tactical training, but the end product was four frst-class
divisions with very high morale and operational skills,
eager to fght against the Allies.
Unfortunately, the Germans did not trust the Italians any
more by this time, and when the divisions returned to Italy
they were assigned to counter-insurgency and coastal-
defence operations. The morale of the soldiers was quickly
shattered, and their operational skill diminished. Soon the
desertion rate was very high.
Besides garrison and anti-partisan activity, the RSI army
fought on the north-east frontier against the Yugoslavian
partisans (who by 1944 were already organized as a regular
army) that were advancing against Trieste, Udine and
Venice in Italy. The only large offensive operation of the
RSI Army against the Allies was a regimental-size tactical
counterattack in the Appennines in the Winter of 1944
against Brazilian troops. The operation was a success, and
the RSI troops proved themselves very skilled and
aggressive in this otherwise brief encounter.
The end of April 1945 saw RSI Army troops retreating
northward before the Allied troops spreading into Padana
plain, after breaking the Gothic Line. With the fnal and
total Axis surrender, the four divisions ceased any military
operations and surrendered to advancing US units or to the
few legitimate partisan combat outfts in the region.
Some platoons were not available in some of the RSI
divisions, the right side of each platoons title bar indicates
which companies can have that platoon. I: Monterosa, II:
Littorio, III: San Marco and IV: Italia.
Tenente
Capitano
Company Command
SMG team
Company HQ
Compagnia di Fanteria
Capitano
Sergente
Anti-tank Section
2iC Command SMG
team
Fucilieri Platoon
Tenente
Fucilieri Platoon
Tenente
Fucilieri Platoon
Panzerschreck team
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kSl COMPACNlA lANTEklA
A force based around a Compagnia Fucilieri, Alpini,
Bersaglieri or Fanteria di Marina must contain:
1 Company HQ, and
2 or 3 Fucilieri, Alpini, Bersaglieri or Fanteria di
Marina Platoons.
Weapons Platoons available to a Compagnia Fucilieri,
Alpini, Bersaglieri or Fanteria Marina are:
0 to 2 Machine-gun Platoons,
0 to 2 Mortar Platoons, and
0 to 1 Infantry Gun Platoon.
Support Platoons available to a Compagnia Fucilieri,
Alpini, Bersaglieri or Fanteria di Marina are:
0 to 1 Light Anti-tank Gun Platoon,
0 to 1 Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon,
0 to 1 Pioneer Platoon (p. 11),
0 to 1 Armoured Car Platoon (p. 9), Bersaglieri
Ciclisti Platoon (p. 8), or Bersaglieri Motociclisti
Platoon (p. 8),
0 to 1 Anti-tank Gun Platoon (p. 12), or Assault Gun
Platoon (p. 14, IV only),

0 to 2 Artillery Batteries (p. 13),


0 to 1 German Grenadier Platoon (p. 34, Festung
Europa), or Gebirgsjger Platoon (PDF Briefng),
0 to 1 German Tank Hunter Platoon, Marder III M (p.
46, Festung Europa, III only), and
0 to 1 German Motorised Artillery Battery (p. 48,
Festung Europa).
You may have two Support Platoons for each Fucilieri,
Alpini, Bersaglieri or Fanteria di Marina Platoon you
feld.
MOTlYATlON AND SKlll
The newly raised troops of the RSI are recruited from a
mix of royal army veterans taken from POW camps,
volunteers and raw conscripts. Due to this the different
companies of the RSI forces can vary in morale and
fghting effectiveness from unit to unit. A Compagnia
Fucilieri, Alpini, Bersaglieri or Fanteria di Marina is rated
as indicated by the Company HQ (8 Million Bayonets
Special Rule p. 2).

Compagnia di Fanteria
HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters
I Alpini, II Fucilieri, III Fanteria di Marina and IV
Bersaglieri
CompanyHQ 35points
Options
Replace either or both Command SMG teams
with Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for
+10 points per team.
Add Anti-tank Section for +20 points.
Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43
Pppchen rocket launcher at no cost.
Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per
team.
All Combat, Weapons and Support Platoons must
be the same rating as the Company HQ.

1 COMPANY H
The infantry form the core of the RSI Esercito Nazionale
Repubblicano (ENR) divisions. Each company can call on
support from the battalions weapons as well as heavy
equipment and specialists from the divisional support units.
Even the occasional German platoon may lend a hand.
(lNlANTkY COMPANY)
I II III IV
Sergente
Fanteria Squad
Tenente
Command
Rifle/MG team
HQ Section
Fanteria Platoon
Tenente
Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team
Sergente
Rifle/MG team Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team
Rifle/MG team
Sergente
Fanteria Squad
Fanteria Squad
Sergente
MG Section
Tenente
Command
SMG team
HQ Section
Machine-gun Platoon
Tenente
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
MG42 HMG MG42 HMG
Sergente
MG Section
4
Combat Platoons
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
3FanteriaSquads 120points
2FanteriaSquads 85points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
3FanteriaSquads 125points
2FanteriaSquads 90points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
3FanteriaSquads 115points
2FanteriaSquads 80points
Options
Replace Command Rife/MG team with a
Command Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.

2 Ok J lUClllEkl, AlPlNl, EkSACllEkl Ok lANTEklA Dl MAklNA PlATOONS


Despite their array on honorary titles the men of the RSI Alpini,
Fucilieri, Fanteria di Marina and Besaglieri platoons
completed the same intense training under the Germans.
Provided with a new understanding of German methods and a
mix of Italian and German equipment these new units are
ready to get to grips with the enemy.
Weapons Platoons
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
2MGSections 110points
1MGSection 65points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
2MGSections 115points
1MGSection 70points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
2MGSections 105points
1MGSection 60points
Options
Replace Command SMG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.

0 TO 2 MACHlNECUN PlATOONS
Whether armed with the German MG-42 or the Italian Breda
modello 37 heavy machine-gun, the machine-gunners can
provide the infantry with devastating support fre.
kSl COMPACNlA lANTEklA
I II III IV
I II III IV
Sergente
Mortar Section
Tenente
Command
Rifle team
HQ Section
Mortar Platoon
Tenente
81/14
mortar
Sergente
81/14
mortar
81/14
mortar
Observer Rifle team Observer Rifle team
81/14
mortar
Mortar Section
Sergente
Infantry Gun Section
Tenente
HQ Section
Infantry Gun Platoon
Tenente
65/17 gun
Command
SMG team
Observer Rifle
team
Sergente
65/17 gun
Infantry Gun Section
5
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
2MortarSections 110points
1MortarSection 65points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
2MortarSections 115points
1MortarSection 70points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
2MortarSections 105points
1MortarSection 60points
Options
Replace Command Rife team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +15 points.

0 TO 2 MOkTAk PlATOONS
Combining the best of German training with the excellent
Italian 81/14 mortar provides the Company with on call
artillery support.
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
2InfantryGunSections 60points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
2InfantryGunSections 65points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
2InfantryGunSections 55points
Options
Replace Command SMG team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +10 points.
Replace both 65/17 guns with 7.5cm leIG18 guns
for +10 points (III only)
Add Pack Horse or Mule teams at no cost.

0 TO 1 lNlANTkY CUN PlATOON


The Italians have always used light guns in the infantry
support role, and nothing has changed under German
doctrine. With the German style Infantry gun Platoon a
compagnia fanteria can call on 65/17 guns (or 7.5cm
leIG18 guns in the San Marco Division) to provide a
little more hitting power against key enemy positions.
Provided with pack mules or horses the men of the
platoon have little trouble keeping the guns up with the
advancing infantry, enabling them to be on hand to
provide support whenever needed.
kSl COMPACNlA lANTEklA
Pack Horse teams make Gun teams transported by them
move as Man-packed. Pack Horse teams dont have to be
modelled.
I II III IV
I II III IV
Sergente
Anti-aircraft Section
Tenente
HQ Section
Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon
Tenente
Command
SMG team
3-ton truck
Sergente
3-ton truck
Sergente
Anti-aircraft Section
20/65 gun
20/65 gun 20/65 gun
3-ton truck
Anti-aircraft Section
Field Car
Truck
Light Anti-tank Gun Platoon
Tenente
Tenente
HQ Section
Sergente Sergente
Anti-tank
Gun Section
Anti-tank
Gun Section
Anti-tank
Gun Section
Sergente
75/27 gun
Truck
75/27 gun
Truck
Field Car
75/27 gun

Support Platoons
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
3Anti-tankGunSections 80points
2Anti-tankGunSections 60points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
3Anti-tankGunSections 85points
2Anti-tankGunSections 65points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
3Anti-tankGunSections 75points
2Anti-tankGunSections 55points
Options
Add Kfz 15 feld car and Kfz 70 trucks for +5
points for the platoon.
Replace all 75/27 guns with 75/32 guns for +10
points per Anti-tank Gun Section.
Replace all 75/27 guns with 6 pdr guns for +5
points per Anti-tank Gun Section. (Not available
to III.)

0 TO 1 llCHT ANTlTANK CUN PlATOON


Short of decent large calibre anti-tank guns the Italians were
forced to press older feld guns into action against armour.
Some of the newer Cannone da 75/32 modello 37 were pressed
into action alongside older 75/27 guns and captured 6pdrs
supplied by the Germans. The Italians effetto pronto HEAT
ammunition allowed them to put older feld guns to good use
against tanks.
Platoon
I Alpini
HQ Section with:
3Anti-aircraftSections 75points
2Anti-aircraftSections 55points
II Fucilieri and III Fanteria di Marina
HQ Section with:
3Anti-aircraftSections 80points
2Anti-aircraftSections 60points
IV Bersaglieri
HQ Section with:
3Anti-aircraftSections 70points
2Anti-aircraftSections 50points
Options
Add 3-ton trucks for +5 points for the platoon.
0 TO 1 llCHT ANTlAlkCkAlT CUN PlATOON
The Allies dominate the sky over Italy and the 20/65
anti-aircraft gun serves well to protect the ENR troops
from their onslaught. It is light and compact and easily
transported on a truck.
It can also be used in ground operations against Allied
infantry attacks.
kSl COMPACNlA lANTEklA
I II III IV
I II III IV
A Gruppo Esplorante Company HQ is a
Reconnaissance Platoon.
Tenente
Capitano
Company Command
SMG team
Company HQ
Gruppo Esplorante
Capitano
Sergente
Anti-tank Section
2iC Command SMG
team
Ciclisti Platoon
Tenente
Ciclisti Platoon
Tenente
Ciclisti Platoon
Panzerschreck team
7
A force based around a Gruppo Esplorante must contain:
1 Company HQ, and
1 to 3 Bersaglieri Ciclisti or Arditi Platoons.
Weapons Platoons available to a Gruppo Esplorante are:
0 to 1 Mortar Platoon (p. 5).
Support Platoons available to a Gruppo Esplorante are:
0 to 1 Light Anti-tank Gun Platoon (p. 6),
0 to 1 Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon (p. 6),
0 to 1 Besaglieri or Arditi Motociclisti Platoon,
0 to 1 Armoured Car Platoon,
0 to 1 Anti-tank Gun Platoon (p. 12),
0 to 2 Artillery Batteries (p. 13),
0 to 1 German Grenadier Platoon (p. 34, Festung

Europa), or Gebirgsjger Platoon (PDF Briefng), and


0 to 1 German Motorised Artillery Battery (p. 48,
Festung Europa).
You may have two Support Platoons for each Bersaglieri
Ciclisti or Arditi Platoon you feld.
MOTlYATlON AND SKlll
The newly raised troops of the RSI are recruited from a
mix of royal army veterans taken from POW camps,
volunteers and raw conscripts. Due to this the different
companies of the RSI forces can vary in morale and
fghting effectiveness from unit to unit. A Gruppo
Esplorante is rated as indicated by the Company HQ (8
Million Bayonets Special Rule p. 2).

Gruppo Esplorante
HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters
CompanyHQ 45points
Options
Replace either or both Command SMG teams
with Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for
+10 points per team.
Add Anti-tank Section for +20 points.
Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43
Pppchen rocket launcher at no cost.
Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per
team.
All Combat, Weapons and Support Platoons must
be the same rating as the Company HQ.

1 COMPANY H
The reconnaissance companies are the eyes and ears of
the ENR divisions. They are Arditi for the San Marco
and Besaglieri for the others.
(kECONNAlSSANCE lNlANTkY COMPANY)
kSl CkUPPO ESPlOkANTE
I II III IV
A Bersaglieri Ciclisti or Arditi Platoon is a Reconnaissance
Platoon.
A Bersaglieri or Arditi Motociclisti Platoon is a
Reconnaissance Platoon.
A Motociclisti Platoons teams mounted on motorcycles
are Cavalry teams except that Motociclisti mounted on
motorcycles cannot launch an Assault, and they move as a
Jeep team rather than a Cavalry team.
Sergente
Tenente
Command
Rifle team
HQ Section
Bersaglieri Ciclisti or Arditi Platoon
Tenente
Rifle team Rifle team
Sergente
Scout Squad Scout Squad
Rifle team Rifle team
Sergente
Scout Squad
Rifle team Rifle team
Sergente
Tenente
Command
Rifle team
HQ Section
Motociclisti Platoon
Tenente
Rifle team Rifle team
Sergente
Scout Squad Scout Squad
Motorcycle
Motorcycle
Motorcycle
Rifle team Rifle team
Motorcycle
Motorcycle

Combat Platoons
Platoon
I Monterosa
HQ Section with:
3ScoutSquads 120points
2ScoutSquads 85points
II Littoria and III San Marco
HQ Section with:
3ScoutSquads 125points
2ScoutSquads 90points
IV Italia
HQ Section with:
3ScoutSquads 115points
2ScoutSquads 80points
Options
Replace Command Rife team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +15 points.
Replace all Rife teams with Rife/MG teams for
+5 points per team.
Replace all Rife/MG teams with SMG teams for
no cost.

1 TO J EkSACllEkl ClCllSTl Ok AkDlTl PlATOONS


Support Platoons
Platoon
II Littorio and III San Marco
HQ Section with:
2ScoutSquads 95points
1ScoutSquad 60points
Options
Replace Command Rife team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +15 points.
Replace all Rife teams with Rife/MG teams for
+5 points per team.
Replace all Rife/MG teams with SMG teams for
no cost.

0 TO 1 EkSACllEkl Ok AkDlTl MOTOClCllSTl PlATOON


A portion of the reconnaissance battalions are motorised
on motorcycles, including the Arditi of Marcos
reconnaissance battalion. These troops provide the
divisions scouts with the ability to range further from
main body. Even behind the lines their mobility can
prove useful when searching for the unpredictable
partisans or uncovering potential danger during a
march.
kSl CkUPPO ESPlOkANTE
II III
The reconnaissance battalions of the ENR divisions are formed
from Bersaglieri bicycle troops (Arditi for San Marco). They
provide scouting patrols to probe the enemy positions.
I II III IV
An Armoured Car Platoon is a Reconnaissance Platoon.
Tenente
Tenente
Sergente
HQ Section
Armoured Car Section
Armoured Car Platoon
Command AB41
Armoured Car
AB41
Armoured Car
AB41
Armoured Car
AB41
Armoured Car
9
Platoon
I Monterosa
HQ Section with:
1ArmouredCarSection 105points
NoArmouredCarSection 50points
II Litorrio
HQ Section with:
1ArmouredCarSection 110points
NoArmouredCarSection 55points
0 TO 1 AkMOUkED CAk PlATOON
The 1st and 2nd Reconnaissance battalions also have a
small complement of armoured cars at their disposal.
Ideal for patrolling roads the AB41 offers extra back-
up during the scouting missions of the Bersaglieri
scouts of the Monterosa and Littorio divisions.
kSl CkUPPO ESPlOkANTE
I II
Tenente
Capitano
Company Command
Pioneer SMG team
Company HQ
Compagnia Genio
Capitano
Sergente
Anti-tank Section
2iC Command
Pioneer SMG team
Genieri Platoon
Tenente
Genieri Platoon
Tenente
Genieri Platoon
Panzerschreck team
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A force based around a Compagnia Genio must contain:
1 Company HQ, and
2 or 3 Genieri Platoons.
Weapons Platoons available to a Compagnia Genio are:
0 to 1 Mortar Platoon (p. 5).
Support Platoons available to a Compagnia Genio are:
0 to 1 Light Anti-tank Gun Platoon (p. 6),
0 to 1 Light Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon (p. 6),
0 to 1 Anti-tank Gun Platoon (p. 12), or Assault Gun
Platoon (p. 14, IV only),
0 to 2 Artillery Batteries (p. 13),
0 to 1 German Grenadier Platoon (p. 34, Festung
Europa), or Gebirgsjger Platoon (PDF Briefng),
0 to 1 German Tank Hunter Platoon, Marder III M (p.

46, Festung Europa, III only), and


0 to 1 German Motorised Artillery Battery (p. 48,
Festung Europa).
You may have two Support Platoons for each Genieri
Platoon you feld.
MOTlYATlON AND SKlll
The newly raised troops of the RSI are recruited from a
mix of royal army veterans taken from POW camps,
volunteers and raw conscripts. Due to this the different
companies of the RSI forces can vary in morale and
fghting effectiveness from unit to unit. A Compagnia
Genio is rated as indicated by the Company HQ (8 Million
Bayonets Special Rule p. 2).

Compagnia Genio
HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters
CompanyHQ 45points
Options
Replace either or both Command SMG teams
with Command Panzerfaust SMG teams for
+10 points per team.
Add Anti-tank Section for +20 points.
Replace Panzerschreck team with a 8.8cm RW43
Pppchen rocket launcher at no cost.
Add up to three Sniper teams for +50 points per
team.

1 COMPANY H
Each of the four divisions has a engineer battalion to provide
engineers for clearing minefelds and other battlefeld obstacles
as well as a range of more mundane engineering tasks.
They are also trained in the assault engineering role using
German techniques to clear enemy fortifed positions with
close assaults, fame-throwers and explosive charges.
Like the Germans they are often used in the frst wave of a
prepared attack, making certain the way is clear of fortifed
hazards for the following infantry.
(lNlANTkY COMPANY)
kSl COMPACNlA CENlO
I II III IV
You may replace up to two Pioneer Rife teams in the
platoon with a Flame-thrower team each at the start
of the game before deployment.
Genieri Platoon
Tenente
Sergente
Pioneer Squad
Sergente
Pioneer Squad
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
Sergente
Pioneer Squad
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
Command Pioneer Rifle team Pioneer Supply horse-drawn wagon
Tenente
HQ Section
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
Pioneer
Rifle team
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Combat Platoons
Platoon
I Monterosa
HQ Section with:
3GenieriSquads 175points
2GenieriSquads 120points
II Litoria and III San Marco
HQ Section with:
3GenieriSquads 180points
2GenieriSquads 125points
IV Italia
HQ Section with:
3GenieriSquads 170points
2GenieriSquads 115points
Options
Replace Command Rife team with a Command
Panzerfaust SMG team for +15 point.
Replace all Rife teams with Rife/MG teams for
+5 points per team.
Add Pioneer Supply horse-drawn wagon for +20
points, or Pioneer Supply 3-ton truck for +25
points.

2 Ok J CENlEkl PlATOONS
Armed with rifes, machine-guns, satchel charges, and Flame-
throwers the Genieri Platoons men are ready to overcome any
enemy fortifed position. Bunkers provide no diffculties to
these specialist assault pioneers.
kSl COMPACNlA CENlO
I II III IV
Tenente
Anti-tank Gun Platoon
Tenente
Sergente
Anti-tank Gun Section Anti-tank Gun Section
Sergente
HQ Section
75/27 gun
75/27 gun
75/27 gun
75/27 gun
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
3-ton truck 3-ton truck
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Italian RSI companies may have the following Support
Platoons:
0 to 1 Anti-tank Gun Platoon,
0 to 2 Artillery Batteries, and
0 to 1 Assault Gun Platoon (IV Italia only).
MOTlYATlON AND SKlll
Division support platoons are rated as indicated by the

Company HQ of the company they are supporting (8


Million Bayonets Special Rule p. 2).
Alk SUPPOkT
Italian RSI copanies may take German Sporadic Air
support (p. 45, Festung Europa)
Division Support
Headquarters
I Monterosa
HQ Section with:
2Anti-tankGunSections 105points
1Anti-tankGunSection 60points
II Littorio and III San Marco
HQ Section with:
2Anti-tankGunSections 110points
1Anti-tankGunSection 65points
IV Italia
HQ Section with:
2Anti-tankGunSections 100points
1Anti-tankGunSection 55points
Options
Replace 75/27 guns with 75/32 guns for +20
points per Gun Section.
Replace 75/27 guns with 7.5cm PaK40 guns for
+35 points per Gun Section.

0 TO 1 ANTlTANK CUN PlATOON


For heavy anti-tank work the ENR divisions relied on their old feld guns fring the effetto pronto HEAT round.
However some units are lucky enough to be issued with the powerful German 7.5cm PaK40 gun. With this modern
weapon any Allied tank becomes vulnerable, lessening the threat to the otherwise anti-tank light RSI forces.
kSl DlYlSlON SUPPOkT
I II III IV
Sergente
Gun Section
Tenente
HQ Section
Artillery Battery
Tenente
75/13 gun
75/13 gun
Sergente
Gun Section
Command
SMG team
Staff team
Observer Rifle team
75/13 gun
75/13 gun
Observer Rifle team
Pack Horse team Pack Horse team
Pack Horse team
Pack Horse team
Pack Horse team
1J
Headquarters
I Monterosa
HQ Section with:
2GunSections 125points
1GunSection 70points
II Littorio and III San Marco
HQ Section with:
2GunSections 130points
1GunSection 75points
IV Italia
HQ Section with:
2GunSections 120points
1GunSection 65points
Options
Add Pack Horse teams at no cost.
Replace 75/13 guns and Pack Horse teams with
100/17 guns and TL-37 tractors for +25 points
per Gun Section.
A force may not have more than one Artillery Bat-
tery with 100/17 guns.

0 TO 2 AkTlllEkY ATTEklES
Each ENR division is equipped with four battalions or
groups. Three groups are armed with the Skoda 75/13
mountain gun and the fourth with the 100/17 howitzer.
The 75/13 gun is ideal for the mountainous terrain of
the Gothic Line, it being relatively light and easily
transported on pack animals.
For heavier fre support the old, but robust, Skoda
100/17 provides the high-explosive power needed to
destroy dug-in enemy positions. However it is a heavy
gun that requires motorised transport to get into a fring
position.
kSl DlYlSlON SUPPOkT
Pack Horse teams make Gun teams transported by
them move as Man-packed. Pack Horse teams dont
have to be modelled.
I II III IV
Tenente
Tenente
Sergente Sergente
Sergente
Assault Gun Platoon
Assault Gun Section Assault Gun Section
Assault Gun Section
HQ Section
Semovente 75/18 Semovente 75/18
Semovente 75/18
Command Semovente 75/18
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Headquarters
IV Italia
HQ Section with:
4Semovente75/18 150points
3Semovente75/18 115points
2Semovente75/18 75points
0 TO 1 ASSAUlT CUN PlATOON
The Germans have taken over much of Italys industry
and armoured vehicles to be put towards their own war
effort, but the Italia Division is lucky enough to
received some Semoventes. The division is supported
by a Gruppo of nine Semovente 75/18 assault guns.
Though lightly armoured compared to Allied tanks,
when handled with skill they can use their 75mm gun
to good effect. The 75/18 gun fres the effetto pronto
HEAT round that had proved so useful in the desert.
IV
German Support Platoons
0 TO 1 CkENADlEk PlATOON
0 TO 1 CElkCSJACEk PlATOON
0 TO 1 MOTOklSED AkTlllEkY ATTEkY
0 TO 1 TANK HUNTEk PlATOON, MAkDEk lll M III
I II III IV
I II III
I II III IV
P.35, Festung Europa.
P.4, 5. Gebirgsdivision Intelligence Briefng (PDF).
P.48, Festung Europa.
P.46, Festung Europa.
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Italian RSI Arsenal
Gun Teams
Weapon Mobility Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes
MG42 HMG Man-packed 24/60cm 6 2 6 ROF 2 when pinned down.
8.8cm RW43 (Pppchen) launcher Man-packed 16/40cm 1 11 5+
81/14 mortar Man-packed 48/120cm - 2 6 Smoke bombardment.
65/17 gun Light 16/40cm 2 8 3+
Firing bombardments 64/160cm - 2 6
7.5cm leIG18 gun Light 16/40cm 2 9 3+ Gun shield, Smoke.
Firing bombardments 64/160cm - 3 6
20/65 gun Light 16/40cm 4 5 5+ Anti-aircraft, Turntable.
6 pdr gun Medium 24/60cm 3 10 4+ Gun shield, No HE.
75/27 gun Heavy 24/60cm 2 9 3+ Gun shield, Smoke.
75/32 gun Heavy 24/60cm 2 10 3+ Gun shield, Smoke.
7.5cm PaK40 gun Medium 32/80cm 2 12 3+ Gun shield.
75/13 gun Heavy 16/40cm 2 9 3+ Gun shield.
Firing bombardments 64/160cm - 3 6
100/17 howitzer Immobile 24/60cm 1 10 2+ Gun shield.
Firing bombardments 72/180cm - 4 4+
Infantry Teams
Team Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower Notes
Rife team 16/40cm 1 2 6
Rife/MG team 16/40cm 2 2 6
SMG team 4/10cm 3 1 6 Full ROF when moving.
Panzerschreck team 8/20cm 2 11 5+ Tank Assault 5.
Flame-thrower team 4/10cm 2 - 6 Flame-thrower.
Staff team cannot shoot Moves as a Heavy Gun team.
ADDlTlONAl TkAlNlNC AND EUlPMENT
Panzerfaust 4/10cm 1 12 5+ Tank Assault 6, Cannot shoot in the Shooting Step if moved in
the Movement Step.
Pioneer teams are rated as Tank Assault 4.
Transport Teams
Armour
Vehicle Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Horch Kfz 15 car Jeep - - -
Steyr Kfz 70 truck or SPA TL-37 Tractor Wheeled - - -
3-ton truck Wheeled - - -
Horse-drawn wagon Wagon - - -
Pack Horse or Mule team Man-packed - - -
Tank Teams
Armour
Name Mobility Front Side Top Equipment and Notes
Weapon Range ROF Anti-tank Firepower
AkMOUkED CAkS
AB41 Wheeled 1 0 0 Co-ax MG, Hull rear MG.
20/65 gun 16/40cm 2 5 5+
Semovente 75/18 Fully-tracked 4 2 1 AA MG.
75/18 gun 24/60cm 2 9 3+