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Makhno191830 Mar 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

Hi all,
Here's another obscure uniforms question. Ive read (both in Spanish Civil War: the Proving ground for Blitzkrieg and in an article on "initial battles for madrid") that the crews of some of the first cv/33s sent to spain participated in the seige of Madrid. Quoting from the latter source, "a second Italian contingent arrived on September 29, consisting of a company of 10 tankettes with 3 flame-thrower tankettes. Captain Oreste Fortuna and his troops volunteered to join the Tercio in order to see combat and were sent to the Madrid front they saw Combat on October 21st 1936 at Navalcarnero near Madrid, where their unexpected appearance rattled the Republican defenders and led to a route. The company was subsequently honored as the Campañia artillería-legionaria "Navalcarnero."

My question is, would they have adopted the forign legion uniforms (perhaps the tanker ones, with black berets) or wear the continental italian uniforms such as in Burno's book, perhaps image #168 "voluntario camisa negra de las Banderas en uniforme de inverno. 1936," link
or something else? Bored on lock down, lots of time to paint!

Hope your all well and thanks in advance.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2020 10:23 a.m. PST

Hi, I am looking for book recommendations for contemporary accounts of combat during the ECW.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2020 11:44 a.m. PST

Since they were an official Italian contingent, I would think they would have worn offficial Italian uniforms like the infantry.

Makhno191830 Mar 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

Thanks nnascati, thats what i figured. Also, im not sure how this got crossposted to ecw, i never filled out the crosspost section! My apologies for that.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2020 3:11 p.m. PST

Your post is in the right spot. The ECW post is wrongly placed.

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