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Part 2 - The Partisan



Immediately after the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943, Mussolini was deposed and the new Italian government switched sides. The German occupying forces swiftly freed Il Duce and ruthlessy disarmed the Italian Royal Army; and from then until the end of the war in April 1945 Italian troops fought on both sides - with the forces of the new Fascist 'Salo Republic' - RSI, in the Allied 'Co-Belligerent Forces' and in the Partisan movement. During 1943-45 a brutal fratricidal war raged in Italy and today this time in Italian history is simply known as the "Civil War".

This figure represents one of thousands of Italians who chose to fight against the Germans and the new Fascist republic(the RSI). Armed resistance to both the occupying German forces and those of the RSI began shortly after Mussolini's restoration to power. Armed groups were formed by most of the pre-1922 political opponents of the Fascist regime, with the Communists and Socialists in the forefront. The Partisan movement was destined always to be divided by political differences, lthough united in their hatred of the Germans and the RSI. RSI Marshal Rodolfo Graziani estimated the partisan strength at around 70,000-80,000 by May 1944. Its losses amounted to 16,000 killed, wounded or captured between September 1943 and May 1944. According to one estimate, the resistance lost some 50,000 fighters through the entire conflict. The war against the Germans and the RSI was a bloody and very brutal affair, with little quarter given and the partisans were to pay a heavy price for their cause but in the end they emerged victorious.






As with other European resistance fighters, his appearence is very rag-tag and his 'uniform' and equipment comes from a myriad of different sources. Many partisans simply wore their civilian clothes to blend in with the regular population, but the more 'militant' ones, like the 'Garibaldi' brigades, tended to have a more uniformed look. This partigiano is wearing a faded German officer's tropical cap, with a crudely made Communist star added. He's wearing a tropical shirt, either Italian or German, together with a tattered civilian slipover. He has tucked his shirt into a pair of captured Italian M41 trousers, normally issued to paratroopers pre-43 but very common and popular with RSI soldiers. He's tucked the trousers into a pair of woolen socks and he's wearing a pair of tattered mountaineer boots. Tucked into his Italian officer's belt is a German stick grenade, along with a pair of leather ammo pouches, normally issued to Italian Bersaglieri, and a holster for his captured Walther P38 pistol. He's also wearing a leather bandoleer for his Carcano carbine. The red scarf he's wearing identifies him as a Communist or Socialist. Other partisans, like Christians or Republicans, wore green or blue scarves. In his right hand he proudly displays his latest 'trophy' - a camouflaged GNR helmet. The GNR, along with the Black Brigades and the Germans, were the main opponents of the Partisans.

Stay tuned for part 3 - the Royalist!

See part 1 - the blackshirt here - http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/for...n/741241-italy-divided-part-1-blackshirt.html
 

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Again, not only an excellent figure, but a detailed bit of history as well. He's a striking looking fellow, accented by the thin build. Very natural appearance and weathering. Thank you for covering this area so well.
 

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Great work on both figures!
I must admit I prefer the partisan though :wink
Nice thinking of making them both, surely an interesting and refresing subject!
 

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Great stuff! I'm really enjoying this series, and hope that you'll consider adding more to this in the future (maybe specific units, etc. like the Alpini, Bersaglieri, Folgore, Nembo, etc., etc.)
 
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