214th Coastal Division (Italy)
|214th Coastal Division|
|Active||World War II|
The 214th Coastal Division was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The division was located in the Taranto coastal region of Italy. Coastal divisions, were second line divisions, usually formed from men in their forties and fifties intended to perform labouring and second lined duties. Recruited locally they were often commanded by officers called out of retirement. Their equipment was also second rate. The Prime Minister of Italy, Benito Mussolini had hoped to obtain large quantities of arms and equipment from the disbanded Vichy French army, but this had often been sabotaged of arrived with no ammunition.
Order of battle
- 103rd Coastal Infantry Regiment
- 148th Coastal Infantry Regiment 
- Jowett p. 6
- Jowett, Philip S. (2000). The Italian Army 1940-45 (1): Europe 1940-1943. Osprey, Oxford - New York. ISBN 978-1-85532-864-8.