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The Bren is or is not the issue, Bren guns were not issued to the LRDG until very late 42 early 43 right at the tail end of the Desert war. The soft cap was worn by lots of Allied troops as it was comfortable and warm at night. There were several Commando units operating in the Desert , SAS army Commando`s , Popski`s private army etc , so take your pick.
Dear Alan, thank you for your quick and detailed answer. I completely agree with Minuteman, Italians are decisively underrepresented and they deserve much more, just like British, Free French, Vichy French and Commonwealth troops.
I would love to see Italians wearing sun helmets in order to represent the battles fought in Ethopia
The big gap for Italian`s is field artillery, 75mm guns as captured and used by the Bush artillery at Tobruk. Waterloo do an anti tank gun that works if you customize it and level the barrel , they also do Heavy artillery. But no one does field artillery.
"Yes" to Italian field artillery, and much else in the way of Italian forces. The size of the Italian army in the western Desert and the fighting value of a good proportion of these units is constantly under-estimated.
To be fair, there is a great deal of really good stuff out there in 20mm metal already: Early War Miniatures have an outstanding and extensive range, which includes most of the important Italian field artillery pieces:
The problems, as generally the case with metal 20mm, are: cost (a single gun may cost the same as a whole plastic set including crew); and scale/sculpting. The guns are perfectly useable with 1/72 plastics, but the figures are noticeably chunkier and look like front-row rugby players (short, squat, powerful, heavy) up against gymnasts (light, slender, graceful) when placed against many 1/72 plastic figures.
WW2 Italian Field Artilery is an big gap and Strelets have given us some great artillery sets for 19th/20th century conflicts recently so hopefully will consider this set too. Also yes to Italian Infantry in sun helmets and maybe also a set of Italian Askari ( Libyan for North Africa or Eritran for East Africa) as these troops made up a large part of the Italian forces in Africa.
Here's another vote for WW2 Italians, and field artillery in particular.
Apart from metal, there are field guns (of French and Austro-Hungarian origin) available in styrene but the 75mm Cannone da 75/27 mod.06 is lacking. It could be used for WW1, WW2, the SCW, and in many armies since their Krupp guns are very similar.
Yes some Askari would be very welcome too. They were indeed very faithful troops which fought in many cases until the last bullet
Some troops of WW2 are missing...gurkas, moroccan mountain troops (goumiers), libian inf.for the Italian army.
I was just about to say that - second vote for Libyans!