The Esercito eItaliano (Italian Army) is the official armed force of the Italian Republic. Its duty is the defense of the national territories, the defense of allied nations and, respecting the guidelines in the Italy Constitution, the participation in international war operations.
The need of an official Italian Army was perceived shortly after the war module came online, experienced players like TerenceHill, Dio Maksas and certo85 (along with other players) started the discussions to create an army with an optimal command structure that would have made easy to manage the operational forces.
After various proposal, by the end of April 2008, a first draft was made: the soldiers, sorted by strength, divided in two big groups Parà (paratroopers) and Riservisti (reserve). The Parà and Riservisti were divided in groups of 20 (Divisione) and each group divided in squads of 5 (Squadra). The whole troops were controlled by the President of Italy and the MoD.
This first organization was tested in the France-Switzerland War giving bad results either in the chain of command part either in the supplies delivery, so the first proposal was rethought, deleting the squads inside the Divisione (divisions) and re-thinking the way of stockpiling and delivering supplies to the soldiers.
The first reform
In June 2008, with the election of Akira as President of Italy, a total re-organization of the army was proposed by Colinar.
The new army, directed by the CIC (Commander in Charge, in Italian CdSM), was divided into three commands (Armata) and each Armata in groups of 10 soldiers (Divisione). Each Armata and Divisione had a senior officer responsible for delivering orders and supplies, and an ORG (corresponding to the Armata or Divisione) used by the senior officers to easily absolve their duty. Along with the structural overhaul, a reform regarding the supply for the Italian Army was carried on by Dio Akira, from now on (with variation) the Italian Army will stipulate contracts with various companies that will provide weapons through peace and war times, avoiding the fluctuation of prices in the free-market.
Once the reform was completed, Colinar became the first CIC of the Italian Army. During his term, the Italian Army was mostly deployed in oversea wars such as the Second Sweden-Germany War (Germany side), Ibero-American War (Portugal side) and the World War I (PEACE GC side).
Peaceful times and new challenges
At the end of the third month of the Colinar term, a harsh discussion between the Congress and the CIC himself, caused the irrevocable decision by Colinar to resign. After a bit of commotion and candidates that refused the position of CIC (vegaicm and ), the new President of Italy Pericle appointed bisiacco as the new leader of the Italian Army.
Thanks to the War Module suspension, bisiacco worked to increase the efficiency of the Italian Army with the recruiting of new soldiers to replace inactive ones and new methods of buying and stockpiling weapons for the army. This new organization was put to test with the resume of the War Module in the V1 with an RW in the only non-Italian region at the time: . After the successful test, the Italian Army resumed its operation along with the other PEACE GC armies in the World War I and World War II (especially in the latest, helping France surviving the Operation French Toast and regaining all the French territories lost to Spain).
During this war intense period the Military Academy, an idea of Wolf89, was founded to teach how to perform duty as Divisione and Armata commander to volunteer soldiers.
The Theocratic diaspora and the new reform
During the last two weeks of the bisiacco leadership, a group of soldiers decided to start a covert-ops to takeover South Africa. While the reasons behind this act and the affiliation of this operation with Italy has never been brought to light, the group successfully take over South Africa stealing, in the process, much of its resource and crippling its economy.
Back to Italy, the group had been the target of critics from the congress and the government, causing a major wreck in the army partially sedated by the intervention of bisiacco and its subsequent leave. Still in the eye of the storm, the new CIC vegaicm prepared the army for the Operation Burning Spirit and then wrote an announcing his resignations. The new resignation and the recent impeachment of Colinar, made the group, now known as Theocracy, resign from the Italian Army with a public and making an announcement of hostility towards the Italian politics.
The Italian Army, now again without a CIC and a part of their high ranked soldiers, found itself in a status of major wreckage; to fix this, Wolf89 was appointed as new CIC.
Having already an experience in managing soldiers as the commander of the 3rd Armata, Wolf89 started immediately to reorganize the remaining soldiers creating a new armata, the 4th one, to let an easy transition from training grounds to real war action and the utilization of a system to declare the state of emergency and readiness of soldiers. He's also reformed the functionality of the 2nd Armata creating the FIRs, thus giving the soldier of the 2nd Armata the possibility of participating in actions outside the national territories. The newly revamped army was tested, with good results, in the battle in the war.
The Italian Army is under the command of the President of Italy. The President appoints a CIC (in Italian: CdSM) that helps him with the logistic operations and tactical decisions. Along with the President and the CIC there is a group of senior officers, called the HQ, that helps the CIC and the other commanding officer with the logistics operations. Under the direct command of the CIC there are the various commanding officers of the operational forces.
CIC of Italy
|CIC of 2008|
|1||June '08 – 30 Sep. '08||Colinar|
|2||1 Oct. '08 – 1 Jan. '09||bisiacco|
|CIC of 2009|
|3||1 Jan. '09 – 8 Jan. '09||vegaicm|
|4||8 Jan. '09 – 5 Feb. '09||Wolf89|
|5||6 Feb. '09 – 5 Mar. '09||zanch|
|6||6 Mar. '09 – 4 Jun. '09||bisiacco|
|7||5 Jun. '09 – 5 Jul. '09||Wolf89|
|8||6 Jul. '09 – 12 Jul. '09||Antimo|
|9||13 Jul. '09 – 16 Jul. '09||darden|
|10||17 Jul. '09 – 25 Aug. '09||Antimo|
|11||26 Aug. '09 – 30 Aug. '09||Fulvio Milocco|
|12||31 Aug. '09 – 5 Sep. '09||Sonnyita|
|13||6 Sep. '09 – 5 Oct. '09||Rhevard|
|14||6 Oct. '09 – 13 Oct. '09||Mr Antimo|
|CIC of 2010|
|15||14 Oct. '09 - 23 Mar. '10||Caleroide|
|16||24 Mar. '10 - 4 May '10||Sbroccolo|
|17||5 May '10 - 4 Jul '10||Delexo|
|18||5 Jul '10 - 28 Jul '10||giulios123|
|19||28 Jul '10 - 5 Sep. '10||Yugo Amaryl|
|20||6 Sep. '10 - 27 Sep. '10||Wolf89|
|21||28 Sep. '10 - 5 Jan. '11||Mirko Celentano|
|CIC of 2011|
|22||6 Jan. '11 - 5 Apr. '11||AlexHR|
|23||6 Apr. '11 - 5 Jul. '11||Yugo Amaryl|
|24||6 Jul. '11 - 5 Aug. '11||Wolf89|
|25||6 Aug. '11 - 5 Sep. '11||Cippalippa85|
|26||6 Sep. '11 - 5 Oct. '11||Gloriux|
|27||6 Oct. '11 - 5 Dec. '11||Riccardo Cicca Cornara|
|28||6 Dec. '11 - 5 Jan. '12||Gloriux|
|CIC of 2012|
|29||6 Jan. '12 - 10 Jan. '12||Riccardo Quarta|
|30||11 Jan. '12 - unknown date||Caleroide|
|31||unknown date - 5 March '12||Giuseppe Stan|
|32||6 Mar. '12 - 21 Mar. '12||Fabrizio Colonna|
|33||22 Mar. '12 - 5 Apr. '12||Giuseppe Stan|
|34||6 Apr. '12 - 5 Jul. '12||caleroide|
|35||6 Jul. '12 - 24 Jul. '12||Tomas Franceschin|
|36||24 Jul. '12 - 5 Oct. 12||Ectore|
|37||6 Oct. '12 - 10 Nov. '12||wolf127|
|38||10 Nov. '12 - 5 Feb. '13||GabryFure|
|CIC of 2013|
|39||6 Feb. '13 - 5 Mar. '13||Kimilla|
|40||6 Mar. '13 - 5 Jun. '13||GabryFure|
|41||6 Jun. '13 - 13 Aug. '13||Kimilla|
|42||13 Aug. '13 - 6 Sep. '13||Ectore|
|43||6 Sep. '13 - 5 Oct. '13||Kimilla|
|44||6 Oct. '13 - 5 Nov. '13||David Paleino|
|45||6 Nov. '13 - 5 Dec. '13||Kimilla|
|46||6 Dec. '13 - 5 Jan. '14||David Paleino|
|CIC of 2014|
|47||6 Jan. '14 - 5 Feb. '14||daniele81ht|
|48||6 Feb. '14 - 5 Mar. '14||kimi89na|
|49||6 Mar. '14 - 5 Apr. '14||David Paleino|
|50||? - ?||?|
|?||6 Jul. '14 - 5 Aug. '14||David Paleino|
The Operational Forces of the Italian Army, are composed by four big groups called Armata and each of them is divided in multiple Brigate.
The number of soldiers in each Brigate is typically ten comprised of a commander. The name of each Brigate typically refers to the name of a combat brigade that exist in the real Esercito Italiano (as was proposed by Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour in May 2008).
Each Armata has a commander and two vice commanders that are in direct contact with the CIC and is composed by multiple Brigate.
The 1st Armata contains the strongest soldiers of the Italian Army in fact the minimum requirements to be in it is having at least 13 strength and a rank of Colonel. Due to its relevance, their members are usually on the ready to being deployed whatever the CIC orders to (mostly outside of Italy).
It's composed by 4 Brigate with approximately 20-30 soldiers each:
- Brigata A.V.E.S
- Brigata Granatieri Di Sardegna
- Brigata Corazzata Pinerolo
- Brigata bersaglieri Garibaldi
The 2nd Armata contains all the soldiers with minimum 7 strength. Its mostly dedicated to the defense on the national territories, although some of its Brigate can be employed in missions outside of Italy. Those special Brigate are called FIR ("Forze d'Intervento Rapido" aka "Rapid Intervention Forces").
Totally there are about 80 to 88 soldiers divided in 4 Brigate:
- Brigata Corazzata Ariete
- Brigata Alpina Taurinense]
- Brigata Artiglieria Contraerea
- Brigata Aeromobile Friuli
The 3rd Armata contains all the soldiers with minimum 5 strength. It mostly contains defensive units, although they can be sent outside of Italy. Like the 4th Armata, it fulfils a role of formation, since the soldiers serving there can experience their first battles outside the national territories along with other different missions types.
There are in total 4 Brigate with a variable number of soldiers in it:
- Brigata Cavalleria Savoia
- Brigata Alpina Julia
- Brigata Artiglieria
- Brigata Aviazione d'Esercito
The 4th Armata contains all the soldiers with a strength less than 5. It is a training and defensive Armata, in fact when the soldiers become stronger they're sent to the 3rd Armata.
There are in total 8 Reggimenti with a variable number of soldiers in it:
- 1° Reggimento AVES Antares
- 2° Reggimento AVES Sirio
- 17° Reggimento Contraerea
- 4° Reggimento Contraerea
- 5° Reggimento Fanteria Aosta
- 6° Reggimento Fanteria Sicilia
- 31° Reggimento Carri
- 132° Reggimento Carri
The Military Academy (Italian: Wolf89 in November 2008; like a real academy it promotes the promotion to higher ranks through a series of courses and exams.
The courses, that generically lasts 10 to 15 days, are about the situations that a commander of a Divisione is likely to encounter in his role (communication with higher ups, orders delivering, weapons distribution, basic tactics etc.) and at the end of every course a practical exam is held.
To be promoted to vice-commander of a Divisione the soldier must pass every exam in the academy otherwise he'll must retake all the classes.
The Organization of the military unit has the same name - .