Italy's armed forces in WW2 are often overlooked and even trivialised by some but I've just been reading an article about an Italian force called Decima Flottiglia MAS which really impressed me. Apparently they were the original naval special forces frogmen. Italy pioneered the use of frogmen to attack shipping scoring several outstanding successes against the British in the Mediteranean. So impressed were the British that they formed their own, now famous, SBS in emulation of them and soon other countries followed. Credit where it's due - these men were a real menace and greatly admired by all the services that followed their example. http://www.comandosupremo.com/Decima.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decima_Flottiglia_MAS The war crimes against partisans takes the shine off their reputation a bit though.