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Dog and Devils Design Notes
Developing a battlebook on the campaign in Italy provides the opportunity to bring this maligned theatre to the forefront on your tabletop. Italy was certainly an area that received a lot of bad press both during and after the war. So where to start was an important choice. In researching the entire campaign, it became evident that Italy was a training ground for both the Allies and Germany. What was tried, tested, discarded or integrated into both armies has some roots in the Italian campaign.
The basic Soviet strelkovaya diviziya, or rifle division, is an interesting formation. Although it is superficially the same as most other infantry divisions with three rifle regiments and one artillery regiment, it is very different in detail.
US Glider Troops During Operation Market Garden Goes Under Review
By September 1944, the Glider Infantry Regiments had not seen as much action as their leg-infantry cousins in other veteran divisions, but they certainly fought hard in the field of battle, earning them the right to wear paratrooper jump boots.
“The Devil’s Brigade” Special Service Force (UBX19)
The First Special Service Force (SSF) was initially designed, outfitted and trained as an elite mountain commando force with the mission to invade Norway. Though that mission never materialized, their unique training in mountain
warfare, skiing, demolitions, and hand to hand combat gave them the required skills to excel on the battlefields of Italy.
The “Devil’s Brigade” Platoon (US748)
The 1st Special Service Force, The Devil’s Brigade, was a joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit organized in 1942. The brigade fought in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, and southern France. Many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units trace their heritage to this unit.
Assault Platoon (Late) (US749)
Specific platoons of the 3rd Infantry Division were designated assault platoons. They were specially trained in reducing enemy strong points and bunkers using demolitions, banalore torpedoes, and flame throwers.