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Have you heard about the new Italian rifle?
It’s never been fired and only dropped once.
Jokes like this hoary old chestnut have lately fallen out of favor because they tend to perpetuate harmful stereotypes. However, some stereotypes exist for a reason, and although generalizations by nature, are often based on solid experience.
So it is with the Italian Army, whose military prowess is mocked worldwide as less intimidating even than the French, Canadian or Kuwaiti Armies. The memory of Rome’s mastery of Western Europe, cemented by scarlet swathes of powerful and highly-disciplined legionnaires , is confined to the dim recesses of history. The Italians’ only significant victory in modern times was in 1936 over Ethiopia, and only after suffering a defeat to the African nation in 1896. Moreover, Italy shares the singular distinction of switching to the winning side in not one, but two World Wars.
But much-maligned Italian Prime Minister and orgy enthusiast Silvio Berlusconi believes he has at last found a way for the Italian Army to at least partially redeem its sullied reputation. For the second time in recent years, Berlusconi is sending troops to Naples to tackle a recurrent problem: garbage. 170 troops and 73 vehicles are being deployed to clean up the plethora of filth in the festering Italian city.
Critics charge that the PM is cynically shoring up votes ahead of the upcoming elections, as well as deflecting from allegations that he habitually retained the services of a seventeen-year-old Moroccan prostitute. However, vocal members of Berlusconi’s party disagree, denying that the troop deployment was in any way politically motivated. Said one, “Naples is a shithole, and the army needs something to do.”
Promethean Times agrees. Let the rest of the world’s armies fight the rest of the world’s wars; the Italian Army is needed at home. Plus, there’s the sad but undeniable fact that Italian forces couldn’t even take the Salvation Army, let alone a real one.
the Italian army is one of the strongest amries in europe now
Alex C said:
Like how do you know
Francesco Cortellini said:
1st the picture show the reactions at the new that an IED attack killed 4 Italian paratroopers in September 2009 and you are tehrefore showing no respect to people that died on the line of duty, to their families and comrades!
2nd We had 52 KIA just in Afghanistan, 18 more were killed in Iraq, 15 in the Balkan area, 12 in Somalia, 6 in Lebanon.
Sir Bernard Law Montgomery granted the few survivors of the Folgore and Pavia division the Honour of Arms after the Battle of El Alamein, wher ethe Italian Paras fought against the Allied tanks with hand grenades an daggers.
The Italian X MAS Flottilla sunk and dameged several British ships with underwater raids: we taugh both SBS and Navy seal how to fight underwater!
You are talking out of racism, prejudice and ignorance! We do have a bad political leadership, and we had it ever since the Roman Empire collapsed, but our forces have always fough beyond their capabilities, often achieving what lesser soldiers could have only dreamed of. You talk about courage, lets see if you have the guts to publish my post!
Franco Pacini said:
Never read anything as disgusting, untrue and politically incorrect in my entire life! As an ex service man of the Italian Army I feel really offended and wish the writer of the article would learn to do some proper research on the subject. The Italian soldier has always fought in a position of disadvantage against superior forces and still gained the respect of its opponents.
Long may live the history of the courage shown by the Italian on so many occasion, history will not forget it.
Franco Pacini , Discharged with Honours after serving HIS country and whose father was awarded the Medal for Valour during WWI followed by s Knighthood years later.
This post is blatantly wrong. I am a U.S. service member and I work with the Italian Army. They are just as brave as we are.
What do you expect from an army full of midgits. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of comments from the typical proud Italian-American “BUT THATS NOT TRUE”.
Filthy racist pig you’re no better than those Nazi scum. Go kill some poor black guy and fuck off this site you creep!
I can nominate you a military troll.. Poorly written article, based on cheap prejudice, ignorance, read your facts troll
Seems to me that if you want to decry something that’s poorly written, you at least do at well. Maybe next time, champ.