Storia delle religioni. India, Tibet e sud-est asiatico by Henri-Charles Puech

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Laboratorio Storico-Iconografico della Facolta di Scienze Politiche Universita Roma Tre) 30 In contrast to the rank and file, filling the cadres was not as problematic. Until 1936 there was only one single NCO rank (capo squadra), as so few were needed. The NCO recruitment pool was only partly filled by army veterans; instead a large number of them came from the Blackshirts' ranks. Thus, in 1940, 2,590 NCOs out of the 4,250 who served in the 1935-36 war against Ethiopia were Blackshirts; 1,606 of them were World War I veterans.

Fascism's obsession with the greatness of ancient Rome was another important influence on the Blackshirts, notably in the imagery of the bundle of fasces, the names of both units and ranks, and aspirations of future imperial might. Such characteristics became hallmarks of the Blackshirts which endured the many changes that followed, such as the transition from the Squadre d'Azione to the MVSN, the development of the concept of 'Fascism as a revolution' into 'Fascism as an institution' in the years following Mussolini's rise to power, and particularly the reorganization of the MVSN in the mid-1920s.

The ritual of blessing the weapons was a popular one in the Italian armed forces. (Laboratorio Storico-Iconografico della Facolta di Scienze Politiche Universita Roma Tre) 30 In contrast to the rank and file, filling the cadres was not as problematic. Until 1936 there was only one single NCO rank (capo squadra), as so few were needed. The NCO recruitment pool was only partly filled by army veterans; instead a large number of them came from the Blackshirts' ranks. Thus, in 1940, 2,590 NCOs out of the 4,250 who served in the 1935-36 war against Ethiopia were Blackshirts; 1,606 of them were World War I veterans.

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