Italian troops on the Eastern Front

July 16, 2010

It wasn’t just the Germans fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front…German allies like the Italians, Rumanians, Hungarians and Finns were there too.

Here’s a link to the translated recollections of an Italian artilleryman who served on the Eastern Front from August 1941 right through until early 1943. It’s a first-hand account of the terrible mud, extremes of temperatures and some of the events that he witnessed. Wargamer readers may get some ideas for scenarios.

I came across this as I’ve twice bought loose collections of ESCI/Italeri’s Italian Mountain Troops (Alpini) at Swap & Sells this year – at NWA’s Autumn sale night and at Little Wars. I’m going to add to them with some Airfix Italians and one day may get a company of infantry on the table.

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Tonight is the Leningrad Oblast game, using the rivers and thickets I’ve made. I’m hoping to beat Peter’s Russians, but they’ll be dug in and waiting for me, which will make the job hard.

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2 Responses to “Italian troops on the Eastern Front”

  1. Thanos said

    Good luck mate!

    If you can, post some photos of the AAR.

    T.

  2. Paul said

    Good luck with the battle mate! I look forward to seeing these Italians on the table.

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