Chain of Command:Abyssinia – Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali 

 

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Like all other European Empires, the use of ‘Ascari’ native forces played a vital role in the policing and defence of imperial outposts. The Italians were no different in this regard and made extensive use of Eritrean and Somali forces which played an important role in the invasions of Ethiopia.

Ranging from the organised battalions of Eritrean Ascaris and their famed Penne di Falco cavalry army, to the Arabo-Somali warriors, near and of the Ogaden desert, the Italians made good use of their colonial subjects.

In this Chain of Commmand:Abyssinia army list we detail the infantry forces of the Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali  (Royal Corps of Colonial Troops), detailing the specifics of the Eritrean and Somalis that formed the bulk of the Ascari formations. In the next post we shall deal with the army list for the Penne Di Falco.

Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali army list

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3 thoughts on “Chain of Command:Abyssinia – Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali 

  1. Minor correction #1 – further details from the Italian official history and additional confirmation through sources in CARL show that the Italian Askari organisation can be reflected as both a simple flat structure of a rifle squad with a support LMG attached or a standard Italian army platoon of a single rifle and LMG team per squad are both possible. The lists now reflect this.

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  2. Minor correction #2 – further details from the Italian official history and additional confirmation through sources in CARL show that the Italian Askari organisation could have up to 16 man squads. The lists now allow for this.

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