222nd Coastal Division (Italy)

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222nd Coastal Division
Invasionofitaly1943.jpg
The Allied invasion of Italy, September 1943, landings at Salerno
Country  Italy
Branch Infantry
Type Coastal Division
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Salerno, Italy
Engagements World War II

The 222nd Coastal Division was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The division was located in the Salerno coastal region of Italy. Coastal divisions, were second line divisions, usually formed from men in there 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.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

  • 74th Coastal Infantry Regiment
  • 89th Coastal Infantry Regiment[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.