One of the truly great Italian WW2 planes. This was the Fiat Centauro(Centaur) It was a great plane; thanks to the German Diamler Benz DB 605. Like all other Axis planes, there were only a handful produced.
Rommel thought well of the Italian soldiers he fought with in North Africa, and they fought hard against the Soviets. Most of the later Italian fighters: Fiat, Reggiane and Macchi, used the Daimler-Benz 601 V-12 built by Alfa-Romeo.
I really don't know about Rommel, but I do know they were crushed when Stalingrad was surrounded (they were protecting one of the flanks), and besides, they failed in all their objectives when the war with France was declared (I believe it was Rommel himself who came and rescued them), and their performance in the war with Greece was so pathetic that once again the Germans had to come and save their asses, which cost them precious time for Barbarossa. Plus lets not forget what army actually defended Italy during the allied invasion.
Wow, that engine screams quality! Too bad those planes were so misused...
THE PROBLEM WITH MOST ITALIAN PLANES WAS; LIKE THE JAPANESE; THEY FOCUSED ON SPEED & MANUEVERABILITY; THAN FIREPOWER. ONLY IN SOME MODELS; LIKE THE REGGIANE 2005 AND THE M.C. 205 VELTRO, DID THEY FINALLY PUT SOME HARDER HITTING GUNS IN THEIR FIGHTERS!!
IT'S ABOUT FUCKIN TIME I SEE SOME PICTURES OF WWII ITALIAN PLANES!!! THE ITALINIANS; LIKE THE GERMANS, MADE SOME BEAUTIFUL PLANES!! THE REGGIANE 2005 SAGITARIO, WAS DUBBED THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FIGHTER OF WWII!!! CRYING ASS SHAME I DON'T SEE ANY PICTURES OF IT ON HERE!! IT'S ALSO A CRYING ASS SHAME THAT NON OF THEM MADE IT THROUGH THE WAR. AFTER ITALY SURRENDERED TO THE ALLIES; THE REST OF THE SAGITARIOS WERE DESTROYED SOME THEY WOULDN'T FALL INTO GERMAN HANDS; WHOM WERE STILL FIGHTING IN ITALY AT THE TIME!!