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Armed Forces (Italy)
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Armed Forces (Italy)

The defense of the Italian Kingdom proclaimed on February 18, 1861, was the duty of the Royal Army and the Royal Navy. The King was nominally the supreme commander of the military in peacetime, but the chiefs of the General Staff and the Admiralty functioned as the de facto Supreme Command in time of war.

Italy’s new national army evolved from the Piedmontese Army that had fought in the Wars of Independence. Though gradually restructured into the Royal Italian Army, it maintained its traditional character, especially the imprint of…

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Massignani, Alessandro, “Armed Forces (Italy)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 18 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0027>
First published online: 2015



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