14th Infantry Division Isonzo

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This article is about the historic Italian 14th Infantry Division Isonzo. For the historic Italian Army brigade, see Isonzo Mechanized Brigade.
14th Infantry Division Isonzo
Active 1937–1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname Isonzo
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General Federico Romero
Insignia
Identification
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Identification
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Isonzo Division collar insignia

The 14th Infantry Division Isonzo was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Division was formed 24 May 1939. It surrendered to the German forces 11 September 1943.[1]

Actions[edit]

10 June 1940, the Isonzo division was deployed at Postojna, performing security duties from Kalce, Logatec to Javornik Hills. It held the same position until April, 1941. At the beginning of Invasion of Yugoslavia, the Isonzo division has crossed the border in Gorizia and advanced toward Municipality of Brezovica. 11 April 1940, the Isonzo division was deployed in Golovec District.[2] Later, the division was tasked with mopping-up of the area and road patrols. In January, 1942, the division has participated in large battle against Yugoslav partisans in Bosnia. In 1943, the Isonzo division has fought a series of battles against increasing number of Yugoslav partisans in Slovenia, abandoning gradually much of the countryside and concentrating only on the defence of the main roads. In particular, 22 September 1942, Yugoslav partisans has ambushed one of the division companies, resulting in 60 killed and 24 missing. 8 September 1943, the division Isonzo was ordered to move from Novo Mesto to Rijeka, but was dissolved en route near Kočevje 11 September 1943

Italian XI Corps[edit]

Commander[edit]

General Federico Romero

Order of battle (1940)[edit]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ 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 of two Battalions was sometimes attached. 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.[4]
Citations
  1. ^ a b Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.regioesercito.it/reparti/fanteria/rediv14.htm
  3. ^ "Invasion of Yugoslavia (6 April 1941)". Commando Supremo. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  4. ^ Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.