103rd Motorised Division Piacenza

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103rd Motorised Division Piacenza
Active 1942–1943
Country Italy Regno d'Italia
Kingdom of Italy
Branch Flag of Italy (1860).svgRegio Esercito
Royal Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname Piacenza
Engagements World War II
Insignia
Identification
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103 Motorised Division Piacenza.svg
Identification
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Piacenza Division collar insignia

The 103rd Motorised Division Piacenza was a Motorised Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II. [nb 1] The Division was formed in 1942, and was in the Italian IV Army, Italian XXII Corps that was part of the occupying Italian army in France, located in the Toulon area. At the end of August 1943, the Italian High Command decided to move the 4th Army from southern France back to Italy, where it was destroyed fighting the Germans after the Italian Surrender in September 1943.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

  • 111. Piacenza Infantry Regiment
  • 112. Piacenza Infantry Regiment
  • 37. Artillery Regiment
  • 8. Mixed Carabinieri Section
  • 149. Mixed Carabinieri Section
  • 103. Mortar Battalion
  • 303. Anti-Tank Company [1][nb 2]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ The division never has the required amount of Motor Transport to move all its units at the same time and is sometimes referred to as a Semi Motorized Division
  2. ^ An Italian Infantry Division normally consisted of two Infantry Regiments (three Battalions each), an Artillery Regiment, a Mortar Battalion (two companies), an Anti Tank Company, a Blackshirt Legion (Regiment of two Battalions). Each Division had only about 7,000 men, The Infantry and Artillery Regiments contained 1,650 men, the Blackshirt Legion 1,200, each company 150 men.[2]
Citations
  1. ^ a b Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  2. ^ Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.