How many soldiers did Italy have in World War 2?
In June 1940, Italy's mobilised strength was 1,630,000.
This would later rise to a peak of 2,363,000.
Mussolini once boasted of 8 million Italian bayonets but that was
not credible or achieveable. At the outbreak of the war the Italian
army had a strength of 73 divisions made up of 106 infantry
regiments, 12 light infantry regiments, 10 mountain regiments and
12 cavalry regiments, 5 armored regiments, 32 artillery regiments
and 19 engineer regiments. The average Italian infantry division
was little smaller than the American infantry division. And out of
the 73 infantry divisions, only 20 were fully manned and equipped.
The problem with the Italian army was its equipment. It had 7,970
artillery pieces but only 246 had been manufactured since 1930.
Many had been upgraded with pneumatic tires replacing old wooden
wheels. Their aircraft, trucks and tanks were even more out of
date. Their tanks were too small to combat a modern mechanized
army. Source: "The Italian Army; 1940-45", Part 1, by Osprey