2nd Blackshirt Division (28 October)

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The 2nd Blackshirt Division 28 Ottobre was an Italian Camicie Nere (Blackshirt) militia unit formed for the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.

It was named 28 ottobre (Italian for "28 October") in honor of the Fascist March on Rome (28 October 1922).

Order of Battle (1935-36)[edit]

"28 Ottobre" Blackshirts Division (Gen. Somma) with :

  • 114th Blackshirts Legion "Garibaldina"
    • 114th "Garibaldino" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 115th "Leonessa" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 114th MMG company
    • 114th pack-artillery battery
  • 116th Blackshirts Legion "Alpina"
    • 116th "Alpino" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 125th "Ferreo" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 116th MMG company
    • 116th pack-artillery battery
  • 180th Blackshirts Legion "Alessandro Farnese"
    • 174th "Taro" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 180th "Alessandro Farnese" Blackshirts Battalion
    • 180th MMG company
    • 180th pack-artillery battery
  • 2nd Blackshirts MMG Battalion
  • 2nd Artillery Battalion (65L17 – Army)
  • 2nd Special Engineers Company (mixed Blackshirts and Army)
  • 2 x Replacements Battalions

Notes:

  • Additionally the Division had a Medical Section, Logistics Section, and transport of a Pack-Mules unit (1600 mules), and a Mixed Trucks unit (80 light trucks).

Order of Battle (1940)[edit]

"28 Ottobre" Blackshirts Division (Gen. Francesco) with :

  • 231. CCNN Legion
    • 131. CCNN Battalion
    • 132. CCNN Battalion
    • 135. CCNN Battalion
  • 238. CCNN Legion
    • 138. CCNN Battalion
    • 140. CCNN Battalion
    • 145. CCNN Battalion
  • 2. CCNN Anti-tank Company
  • 202. MG Battalion
  • 202. Artillery Regiment
  • 202. Mixed Engineer Battalion

Notes:

  • Took part in the invasion of Egypt and was destroyed at Bardia Jan 1941.

Sources[edit]

  • Lucas, Ettore; Giorgio de Vecchi (1976). Storia delle Unità Combattenti della MVSN 1923-1943. Giovanni Volpe Editore. pp. 63–116 plus errata. 
  • Madej, W.,V., Italian Army Order of Battle, 1939-1943,1981,Allentown, PA.
  • Madej, W.,V., Italian Army Order of Battle: 1940-44, 1990, Allentown, PA.