16th Motorised Division Pistoia

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16th Motorised Division Pistoia
Active 1940 - 1943
Country Italy Regno d'Italia
Kingdom of Italy
Branch Flag of Italy (1860).svgRegio Esercito
Royal Italian Army
Role Motorised Infantry
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Bologna
Nickname Pistoia
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Giuseppe Falugi
Insignia
Identification
symbol
16 Motorised Division Pistoia collar insignia.svg
Identification
symbol
Pistoia Division collar insignia

The 16th Motorised Division Pistoia was an motorised infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. It was mobilized in June 1940 as an infantry division and was sent to the French border and held in reserve for the Italian First Army.[1] In October 1941, it was motorised and sent to Libya in July 1942. It was destroyed defending the Mareth Line May 1943.[2]
It was reforming in northern Italy in September 1943 when it was disbanded by the Germans.[2]

Commander[edit]

Order of battle[edit]

  • 35. Pistoia Infantry Regiment
  • 36. Pistoia Infantry Regiment
  • 3. Fossalta Artillery Regiment (mot)
  • 16. Mortar Battalion
  • 16. Anti-Tank Company
  • 51. Engineer Battalion
  • 111. Medical Section
  • 210. Motor Transport Section
  • 120. Supply Section
  • 50. Bakery Section [2][nb 1]

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 (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.[3]
Citations
  1. ^ Mulholland, John. "Axis Order of Battle 10 June 1940 - The Italian Invasion of France". Axis History. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b c endel, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.