Hello, for past days, I've been trying to figure out what was the *official* name of the Italian Army during Napoleonic Wars. Sources such as Wikipedia says it was called Esercito del Regno d'Italia (Eng. Army of the Kingdom of Italy). However, few people tried to tell me it was not official name and it was made up by modern historians to not confuse it with French Army in Italy.
I will appreciate possible help and explanation of what was actual name of the Italian Army.
Actually, the army of the "Kingdom of Italy" (official name as found in documents, on coins: "Regno d'Italia") appears to have always included not only Italian but also substantial numbers of French troops (as can be gleaned e.g. from the 1809 OOBs). The whole may well have been called "Esercito del Regno d'Italia", among others, but I haven't found that expression in contemporary documents so far. However, what I have found is the expression "L'Armata d'Italia", a literal translation of the conventional French "L'Armée d'Italie" (used in this official document dated 1809): https://www.ebay.it/itm/352649026771