The Italian Armed Forces (italian: Forze Armate Italiane) encompass the National Republican Army, Navy and Air Force. A fourth branch of the armed forces, known as the Carabinieri, take on the role as the nation's military and territorial police force. The President of the Italian Republic heads the armed forces as the President of the Supreme Council of Defence.

Four Branches of the Italian Armed Forces

Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano

Main article: National Republican Army

It is the Army (ground force) of the Italian Republic. The Army's history dates back to the unification of Italy in the 1850s and 1860s. It fought in colonial engagements in China and Libya. Italy fought against the French Third Republic during World War I, the Two Sicilies and Abyssinia before World War II, and in World War II in France, Kenya, East Africa, North Africa and West Africa. During the Cold War the Army prepared itself to defend against a Paris Group invasion from its neighbours. Since the end of the Cold War it has seen extensive peacekeeping service in Africa (mostly in its colonies).

Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano

Main article: National Republican Navy

The Navy of the Italian Republic,

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