The Folgore (Italian for "Lightning") is Italy's airborne infantry, dropped out of the CA 314 transport plane. They carry elite infantry weapons, making them deadly to all but the toughest infantry, but must get close to tanks to plant satchel charges.
In 1941, the division was created as the 185. Divisione Paracadutisti Folgore (185. Parachute Division Folgore). The division trained alongside its German counterparts in preperation for the airborne assualt on Malta, which was to be never carried out.
It was during the Second Battle of El-Alamein that the Folgore would earn their fame. While on the defensive, it was assaulted by the British 131. Queen's Infantry Brigade, 44. Infantry Division, 7. Armored Division "Desert Rats", and the French Free Brigade. The division fought with what little equipment they had left (as the North African Campaign was coming to a close). They engaged British tanks with hand grenades, petrol bombs, and outdated anti-tank rifles, all while not showing any signs of surrender. The division's few survivors were withdrawn from El-Alamein on 3 November 1942, without water and on foot. The survivors were reorganized into the 185. Folgore Parachute Battalion. On 6 November at 2:35 pm, after running completely out of ammunition, the remnants of the once-great Folgore Parachute Division surrendered to the British. In honor of their skill and bravery, the British commander allowed them to surrender without waving the white flag or raising their arms up.
Tactics and Tips
- Although they have not AT weapons other than hand thrown explosives, they are exellent Anti-infantry units that can be used to support other infantry such as the Bersaglieri or Granatieri, or AT gun's such as the AT 47mm.
Pros & Cons
+Knowing italien equipment of ww2, it is amazing they do more than 50-60dps.
-They fight armor with charges.
- Wikipedia: Folgore Parachute Brigade
- Wikipedia: 185 Airborne Division Folgore
- Teishin Shudan