The Royal Italian Army (Italian: Regio Esercito; English: Royal Army) (RIA) was the armed force of the Kingdom of Italy. It was first formed in 1861 after the unification of Italy and fought in both World Wars. It was reformed to the Italian Army in 1946.
The RIA is featured in the Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome expansion as an Axis faction.
Kits and WeaponsEdit
The Italian Army uses an identical class setup as the Wehrmacht, with the exception of the Assault class which uses a unique automatic rifle.
Appearance wise, Italians sport dark khaki pants and dark green coats with the Anti-tank, Assault and Engineer having back backs, Scouts have portable radio backpacks and medics have pouches around their waist, all have Sidearm holders. All of the classes sport helmets with the Assault, Engineer and Anti-Tank sporting black feathers on the side of their helmets, with the medic having a red cross on the side of his helmet and the Scout having ghillie camouflage helmet.
The Italian army uses only one indigenous vehicle and remains identical to the Wehrmacht's vehicle selection with the exception of the LCVP .
The Royal Italian Army appears in Battlefield 1.
The singleplayer campaign chapter Avanti Savoia features the Arditi - the army's elite storm troopers - and Alpini - Italian Mountainous Division. Unlike Austro-Hungarians, Italian soldiers use randomly generated character models from Multiplayer. Their primary weapons are also randomly generated and consist of five models (Automatico M1918, M1909 Benét–Mercié, Cei-Rigotti, Russian 1895 and, rarely, SMLE MKIII with scope). Italian soldiers use a Pickaxe as their melee weapon.
The Italian Army is one of six factions set to appear in the base game of Battlefield 1, fighting alongside the Allies of Great Britain and the United States against the Central Powers. The faction is dressed in the standard M1909 grigio-verde colored tunic, with its distinctive padded shoulder rolls, with many soldiers equipped with cold-weather capes. Headgear is comprised mostly of the Italian version of the French-designed Adrian helmet, although fur hats and wool knit caps also are worn.