*2-3 PARA has been upgraded to 3-3.
1x 2-3 INF
3x 1-3 INF
1x 1-4 CAV
4x 1-0 GAR
1x 9 SURF !
1x 2 CV
1x 2 LC
1x 5-4 TAC !
2x 5-8 SAC !
6x 1-0 REPL
Like the Soviet Union, Italy profits greatly from the removal of the Nationality DRMs; this together with the added fleets and air forces will make it a much stronger power in the Med!
Italy is probably the nation with the best balance of events. There are five Political Events that target Italy directly: Two are strongly positive, one is positive yet unlikely to appear, one is optional to implement and a question of negotiation, only one is mildly negative.
*AFV License is one of the best events in the game. It will remove Italy´s greatest weakness, the 2-5 ARMs, and replace them with 4-5s.
*Oil Strike is nice, though it would have to happen really early to have an impact.
*Caproni Jets appear too late to likely change anything.
Ceding *Südtirol is optional, and will depend on what the German player offers. It is irrelevant in a 2-plr game.
*Always Right is an annoyance rather than a big threat. It forces the player´s hand somewhat, but should be manageable, especially with a little German help.
COMING NEXT: A look at how Diplomacy, map changes and other rules affect the Italian player!
I have seen the upgraded armor chit come up in a recent game, and this is a real impact chit and opens up options for Italy and can make a difference in the eastern front.
Which brings up another question, what happens to Russian cities conquered by Italy when Italy surrenders?
I certainly don't think Italy is overpowered in general though....they still can't risk big fleet engagements in the Med. Force pool additions don't help once they get strapped for BRPs....