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Avanti: Italian Forces In North Africa 1942-43


Italian Forces In North Africa 1942-43

With their equipment outclassed by the enemy’s, the Italian soldier had no choice but to substitute bravery for technology. Despite British propaganda that painted the Italians as cowardly and easily defeated, the Italians fought well and bravely and won many victories that were attributed to the Germans (and were even blamed for German defeats that they had no part in!). Avanti reflects this in the way the Italians are portrayed. 

Avanti Design Notes...

Lorenzo's Rams - Army Deal (ITAB02)
Lorenzo's Ram is a mix of tanks and artillery containing the light M14/41 armed to take on infantry and light tanks, the harder punching Semovente tanks maned by their courageous Italian crews and both supported by the elite Italian artillery using 100mm Howitzers. With fierce determination the Italians are ready to take on what the Allies have to throw at them. 

Lorenzo's Rams - Army Deal (ITAB02)...

Lorenzo's Rams (ITAB02)

Avanti Command Cards (FWC244)

Avanti Command Cards (FW244C)
Command Cards provide Flames Of War generals with a way to further personalise and enhance their forces.

These optional cards include a range of options that can enhance or change your gaming experience by adding new Formations, Upgrades and Warriors, giving you even more choice when building your force.

Avanti Command Cards (FW244C)...

Avanti Paint Set and Spray Can
Painting your Flames Of War miniatures for 4th Edition couldn’t be easier with new Colours of War Avanti Paint Set. Used in conjunction with the Quartermaster Paint Set, it has everything you need to get your Mid-war desert vehicles ready for the tabletop.

Avanti Paint Set (CWP150)...
Avanti Spray Can (CWP250)...

Avanti Paint Set

Italian AT Gun Platoon (IBX18)

Italian AT Gun Platoon (Plastic) (IBX18)
The light 47/32 gun is a small and mobile 47mm gun, allowing it to accompany infantry in the attack or be easily hidden in the defence. It is effective against enemy machine-guns and light tanks, knocking out these threats to the infantry it protects.

The Austrian-designed 47/32 M35 gun is relatively light for its calibre at 315kg (695 lb), making it quite mobile for a heavy crew-served weapon. Its 2.37kg (5.23 lb) explosive shells are quite effective at knocking out enemy machine-gun nests, while its armour-piercing and HEAT rounds are deadly against light tanks.

Italian AT Gun Platoon (Plastic) (IBX18)...

Bersaglieri Rifle Platoon (IT763)
The rifle companies sent to Tunisia retained the standard organisation of three platoons armed with bolt-action Carcano rifles and Breda M30 light machine-guns. This suited the mountainous terrain where tanks were less of a threat, and the light-weight Italian support weapons came into their own.

Bersaglieri Rilfe Platoon (IT763)...

Bersaglieri Rilfe Platoon (IT763)

Bersaglieri Weapons Platoon (IT762)

Bersaglieri Weapons Platoon (IT762)
After taking heavy casualties in the siege of Tobruk, infantry units in Africa were reorganised to have 'fewer men, more weapons'. The heavy weapons companies were disbanded and their weapons split up amongst the infantry companies to create all-arms strongpoints capable of tackling both tanks and infantry.

Bersaglieri Weapons Platoon (IT762)...

Bersaglieri MG & Mortar Platoons (IT764)
The light 45mm Brixia M35 assault mortar is an unusual weapon. It was a rapid-firing, breech-loading grenade launcher used to lay down a quick and intense bombardment to cover close-quarters assaults.

Bersaglieri MG & Mortar Platoons (IT764)...

Bersaglieri MG & Mortar Platoon (IT764)

Bersaglieri Assault Engineer Platoon (IT765)

Bersaglieri Assault Engineer Platoon (IT765)
The assault engineers led the attack wherever the Royal Army needed to break through a fortified position.Equipped with everything they needed, from flame-throwers to demolition charges, machine-guns to rapid-fire light mortars, the engineers were almost unstoppable in a close assault on an enemy defensive position.

Bersaglieri Assault Engineer Platoon (IT765)

Avanti Gaming Aids
Even though they are toy soldiers, your troops react to heavy fire like real soldiers. Sometimes they get pinned down or bail out of their tanks. They can dig foxholes for protection or go to ground, hiding from the enemy. Tokens help you keep track of the state of your troops and themed dice will decide the course of the game.

Avanti Gaming Aids...

Avanti Gaming Aids

Avanti (FW244)

Italian Armour and Avanti
The release of Avanti sees the Italians join Mid War and with them comes two great little tanks that are so interesting we thought they deserved a brief preview all of their own.

After World War I, Italy began developing their own tanks using imported models as the basis. The L3 tankette saw combat in the years leading up to World War II and was lightly armed and armoured but was fast and saw combat almost everywhere the Italian Army fought.

It's limited capabilities required the development of a series of medium tanks, starting with the M13/39 (used by the Italian Army in Early War) and then M13/40 and M14/41.

Italian Armour and Avanti...

Avanti Forces and Formations
Avanti: Italian Forces in North Africa is our latest book for Flames Of War in our Mid War range. With the coming release and following the same format of Desert Rats and Afrika Korps they use similar formations with a few unique advantages. We’ll be seeing the Formations in the book along with some historical background on the 20th Armoured Corps

Corpo d'Armata Motocorazzato, the 20th Armoured Corps, took a leading part in nearly every battle in the North African Campaign from Gazala to Enfidaville. The core of the formation was the 132nd ‘Ariete’ Armoured Division, the 133rd ‘Littorio’ Armoured Division, and the 101st ‘Trieste’ Motorised Division.

Avanti Forces and Formations...

Avanti: Italian Forces In North Africa 1942-43

Avanti: Italian Forces In North Africa 1942-43

We had our Avanti Live Launch on the 9th of February. Don't worry if you missed it. We kept all the content up for you to look through and enjoy at your convenience.

Check out the Avanti Live Launch here...

Last Updated On Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Luke at Battlefront