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One of the lesser known contributors to the allied cause, theBrazilian Division fought in Italy in the period. The mission was terminated in with the start of thewar. The between war years saw the politics of Brazil moveeconomically towards both the United States and Germany.
Getulio Vargas came to power with the backing of the Armyin As a dictator, Vargas was sympathetic to the economicwoes of Germany and during the thirties commerce betweenBrazil and the new Nazi regime quadrupled.
It was not until the Germans declared an economicblockade against the North and South American countriesthat Brazilian sympathies turned towards the Allies. Thistogether with diplomatic agreements moved Brazil towardsthe Allied camp. The Brazilian declaration of war was preceded by a politicalmilitaryagreement with the US on 23 May Theagreement established the employment of Brazilian troops inwar operations outside of South America.
Forca Expedicionaria BrasileiraThe FEB was organized as a standard American infantrydivision, complete in all aspects, down to its logistics tail,including postal and banking services. Its manoeuvre unitsincluded the 1 st , 6 th and 11 th Regimental Combat Teams RCT , each of about 5, men in three battalions plussupporting units.
Each battalion consisted of four companieseach. Made up of regional regiments equipped with German smallarms and French artillery, the FEB had to be totallyreorganized, expanded from 66, to , men and reequippedand trained in the American model. Though small by most Alliedcountry standards it represented a major effort for Brazil. In addition, the Division had at its disposal the 4 th Artillerycomprising towed mm Howitzers and the DivisionalReconnaissance Squadron.
They spent the next twomonths equipping and training finally entering combat on15 September. Units of the Division were initially involved inreconnaissance and clearing operations in Tuscany, Massarossa,Bozzano, Camaiore, Monte Prano and others.
For the next 45 days the Brazilian first echelon, whichincluded the 6 th Infantry Regiment, parts of the 11 th InfantryRegiment, one company of engineers, and a platoon from theReconnaissance Squadron, penetrated forty kilometres intothe Serchio valley.
The 6 th Regiment then fought againstGerman positions in the vicinity of Castelnuovo diGarfagnana. Repubblicano National Republican Army , only to be beatenback by a counterattack by nearby elements of the German By the end of October the first echelonwas pulled from the line and reunited with the 2 nd and 3 rdechelons from Brazil.
By November the entire division wastogether and returned to the line. Following these operations, the 1 st DIEtook part in the of fensive operations into the Po Valley,including the bloody struggle for the town of Montese in The Allied advances into the Po Valley saw the Brazilianstaking heavy casualties when teamed with lower rateddivisions, but performed quite well when paired with thehighly trained 10 th US Mountain Division. By April the FEB was operating independently which resultedin the surrender of the entire German Infanteriedivisionto the Brazilians at Collecchio, the very same division thathad halted their advance in October.
Generally, the men of the 1 st DIE acquitted themselves well,gaining the trust of Italian civilians and combat experience inunfamiliar terrain, though at some cost.
They were proud torepresent their country and of their divisional patch, a snakesmoking a cigar said to have stemmed from Germancomments saying that the day Brazilians would join thefighting would be the day snakes started to smoke. This expansion left little time for training and thefew of ficers available were quickly promoted above theirexperience.
Some were lucky enough to have hadadditional training in the US prior to being deployed toItaly. Instead they use the following special rules:Foxhole PoetsThe Brazilians dug-in quite of ten, so much so that the experience of laying in trenches and foxholes is a common theme in thememories of the veterans. Advancingunder heavy fire on the Gothic Line defences in the rocky hills of Italy, the Pracinhas became expert diggers. SargentoCommandRifle teamJeep with. Brazilian weapons platoons are key to success in both of fenceand defence.
Attaching amachine-gun section to an infantry platoon in assault willincrease their firepower immensely while adding to the antitankand bunker assault capability of the infantry platoon. A platoon of the larger M1 81mm mortars brings additionalindirect support as well as smoke to light infantry in the field. They are very effective against enemy infantry positions andfortifications. Keeping an enemy held in position under cover of smoke or bombardment provides maximum protection foryour assaulting infantry platoons.
When facing fortifications, a full smoke bombardment uponany supporting infantry will most probably protect yourinfantry from enemy fire generated from their fortificationsas well. Keep your axis of attack so that enemy infantry isbetween you and the fortifications and you mortars can dothe rest. The M1 57mm anti-tank gun is best used to support yourinfantry company in either defence or while advancing.
Itslight weight enables it to keep up with your infantry whilestill providing over-watch against enemy armour in the area. CorporalCorporalCorporalThe pioneers are trained to both create and destroyfortifications. The work they do is important to keeping theadvance moving.
They probe the routes of advance looking out for hidden enemy. You may not field a Field Artillery Battery mm equipped with M1 mm howitzers unless you are als of ielding a Field Artillery Battery with at least as manyM2A1 mm howitzers. The divisional artillery includes an artillery regiment organizedin three battalions set-up like the Americans, therefore thereis three battalions of mm howitzers and a fourth battalionis equipped with mm howitzers.
The heavy M1 mm howitzer is an extremely powerfulgun. Its shells will dig out even the most determined defenderand leave their fortifications a tangled mess of wire andmud. TheGerman Luftwaffe seldom makes an appearance over theheads of the Brazilians.
CorporalCorporalAlthough the FEB had to use creative methods to form a fulltransport group, the did so by transferring many of theirtrucks from their Artillery to the Infantry.
The FEB had theirregular support of these men and women. SergeantSergeantSergeantThese veterans of the Italian theatre were always a welcomeaddition to the roughly trained Brazilian ExpeditionaryForce. Staff team cannot shoot Moves as a Heavy Gun team. Bulldozer Very Slow Tank - - - Bulldozer. No tags were found Short-link Link Embed. Share from cover. Share from page:. More magazines by this user. Close Flag as Inappropriate. You have already flagged this document.
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One of the lesser known contributors to the allied cause, theBrazilian Division fought in Italy in the period. The mission was terminated in with the start of thewar. The between war years saw the politics of Brazil moveeconomically towards both the United States and Germany. Getulio Vargas came to power with the backing of the Armyin As a dictator, Vargas was sympathetic to the economicwoes of Germany and during the thirties commerce betweenBrazil and the new Nazi regime quadrupled. It was not until the Germans declared an economicblockade against the North and South American countriesthat Brazilian sympathies turned towards the Allies. Thistogether with diplomatic agreements moved Brazil towardsthe Allied camp.
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