Bersaglieri Italiens wearing the distinctive black cockerel-feather plumes on the steel helmet. Bersagliere were first established in Piedmont en 1836 by General Marmora, they were light infantry riflemen trained in expert marksmanship. Avant la Première Guerre mondiale, chacun des 12 corps d’armée italiens received an elite Bersaglieri regiment as corps troops. These regiments consisted of four bataillons, one of which was a bataillon d’infanterie cycliste Bersaglieri. Après la Première Guerre mondiale, the Bersaglieri regiments were converted entirely to bicycle infantry, et in the 1930s they were further upgraded to motorized infantry regiments. Regimental organization changed from four to three bataillons, the first of which was a bataillon d’infanterie motocycliste Bersaglieri. Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les divisions blindées italiens consisted of an régiment blindé, a Bersaglieri regiment, an artillerie regiment, an engineer bataillon, et divisional support troops.
In the wake of the Allied landing in Sicily on 10th Juillet 1943, maréchal italien Badoglio led a successful royalist coup against Mussolini on Juillet 25th. The Duce was imprisoned at the Hotel Campo Imperatore on the Gran Sasso, a mountain in the Abruzzes 2,172 meters above sea level. Badoglio formed an interim government, et he formally surrendered to the Allies on 3rd Septembre. Après l’armistice italien more than 700,000 troupes italiennes en arrière des lignes allemandes were disarmed, transported a l’Allemagne et interned there.
On 12th Septembre, troupes d’assaut allemands en planeurs freed Mussolini at the Gran Sasso, et returned him to Haute Italie where he formed a new fascist republic, the Repubblica Soziale Italiana. After several months of negotiations, the Duce received permission to raise four infantry divisions from "Badoglio Truppen" interned en Allemagne. These units fought on the Eastern Front, et they were involved in the terrible partisan war which raged en Haute Italie. The new fascist regiments continued to wear uniformes et équipement italiens, avec the addition des Einheitsmütze caps allemands et bérets in various colours. En 1945 le casque d’acier allemand officially replaced le casque italien.
12 figurines en 10 poses – 23,5 mm correspondent à 169 cm hauteur de corps
- Bersaglieri Machine Gunner No. 1
- Bersaglieri Machine Gunner No. 2
- 8 mm Breda HMG in Sandbagged Emplacement
- Bersaglieri Machine Gunner, avançant avec 6,5 mm Breda LMG
- Bersaglieri, avançant
- Bersaglieri, courant (2)
- Bersaglieri, à genoux, tirant (2)
- Bersaglieri, à genoux
Choix de sujet excellent. Elite Bersaglieri motorized riflemen made up the infantry element of the 131st Centauro, 132nd Ariete, et 133rd Littorio divisions blindées. Additional Bersaglieri bataillons were sometimes attached to armoured reconnaissance units at the divisional level.
Beautifully sculpted figurines. The Bersaglieri are slender, et they are more compatible avec 1/72 scale plastic troops than many of their metal comrades. The poses are anatomically et historically correct; these are lively figurines which will be fun to paint. None of the poses are exaggerated, they are all suitable for wargaming purposes et dioramas.
Excellent detail in the uniforms et equipment, even the figurine bases are textured, et there are small rocks on some of them.
Half of the figurines are specialist types, including mitrailleurs lourde et légère, grenadier, et figurines de commandement comme officier et porte-guidon. This is an excellent starter set for anyone interested in this chapter de l’histoire italienne. Joueurs de Guerre will want to flesh out their units by adding more riflemen from the separate expansion boxes also available.
The Breda Mod.1937 HMG is a superb model, complete avec tripod, gunner, loader, et a sandbagged emplacement. Assembly instructions are not included, et it is not immediately apparent how the gun should be mounted on the tripod. The tripod attaches to the sandbags avec two legs forward et one back. The gunner attaches to the rear of the sandbagged emplacement. With these three parts in place, the HMG itself can be glued to the gunner’s hands et to the tripod. The manufacturer showed this model at the Kulmbach miniatures show en Allemagne, 7 - 10 Août 1997: The barrel had been drilled open, et a puff of white cotton smoke was stuck into it. The base of the smoke was painted red et yellow pour représenter a jet of flame. This small detail added colour to the vignette, et it made the model stand out nicely.
Excellent facial features, every man is a character. Separate heads would have made these figurines even more versatile, modélistes are always tempted to add variety to their units.
Les Bersaglieri kneeling et avançant sont des standard troop types which can be used again et again. The kneeling man peut être convertie en operateur radio ou artilleur antichar.
Good casting quality, crisp detail, et little flash. Some of the figurines show no visible mould lines at all, even the typical line across the helmet is minimal et it will be easy to scrape off avec a scalpel. One of the figurines had a defective rifle barrel, et the easiest way to fix this was to convert the weapon to a Beretta Modello 3A SMG. We cut the rifle back to the figurine’s left hand, drilled the remaining barrel open, et inserted a short piece of 0.6 mm pianowire to act as the SMG barrel.
Cast in white metal containing lead, not suitable for kids under 12 years of age.
At 28 cm diameter, the Bersaglieri helmets are still noticeably larger than those of 1/72 scale figurines, but overall compatibility is very good. By comparison, ESCI Alpini mountain troops scale out approximately 3 inches taller, et their weapons are a little thinner.
The LMG gunner carries his weapon in an unusual way, avec both hands very near the end of the stock. This position would be rather uncomfortable, et it looks like there may be a loader figurine who can help the gunner carry the weapon. One interesting feature of the LMG gunner is that he has the M.1933 gasmask out of its carrier bag.
No painting instructions. Modélistes et joueurs de guerre will have to refer to colour drawings of Bersaglieri Italiens to paint these figurines correctly. Painting information on the unit guidon may be particularly difficult to find. It would have been a nice touch if Humbrol colour reference numbers had been printed on the back of the box cover to identify the gray-green uniform et equipment colour. Asked about les couleurs d’uniforme italien, Mr. Grazzini of MIRLITON recommended Vallejo Model Colours No. 979 ou No. 897 as the most suitable model paints. Apparently, the Humbrol colour equivalent is 75 Matt Bronze Green.
- Bersaglieri in temperate uniform (gray-green)
- Invasion of the Balkans, 1941–1943
- Invasion de la Russie, 1941–1944
- Campagne d’Italie, 1943
- Guerre Partisane d’Italie, 1944
- Front de l’Est (Badoglio Truppen of the Wehrmacht), 1945
MIRLITON Bersaglieri offer a nice range of suitable poses, et they have the heavy weapons which are required for simulation games. This boxed set is a great starting point for a collection d’infanterie italienne, et it may be used to supplement figurine ranges from other manufacturers which are less well equipped avec specialist troop types. MIRLITON deserves praise for offering 20 mm figurines in convenient boxed sets, this a far better distribution method than the outmoded single figurine selection frequently required of joueurs de guerre et figurine collectionistes. It is hoped that the MIRLITON range of Bersaglieri will eventually include troopers avec motos et side-cars. Another valuable addition would be Bersaglieri platoon boxes avec all the figurines et weapons required to build an historic formation.
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