65th Infantry Division Granatieri di Savoia

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65th Infantry Division Granatieri di Savoia
Active 26 December 1939 – 19 May 1941
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname Granatieri di Savoia
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General Amedeo Liberati

The 65th Infantry Division "Grenadiers of Savoy" (Italian: Granatieri di Savoia) was an infantry division of the Italian Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) during World War II.

East African Campaign[edit]

The Granatieri di Savoia was active on 26 December 1939. The Granatieri di Savoia and 40 Infantry Division "Hunters of Africa" (Cacciatori d'Africa) came under overall command of Amedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta, who was Viceroy and Governor-General of AOI.

The Granatieri di Savoia took part in the Italian conquest of Kassala in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan on 4 July 1940, Italian conquest of British Somaliland and the Battle of Keren. The last elements of the Granatieri di Savoia Division surrendered on 19 May 1941.

Commander[edit]

Order of Battle[edit]

  • 10. Granatieri di Savoia Grenadier Regiment
  • 11. Granatieri di Savoia Grenadier Regiment
  • 60. Field Artillery Regiment
  • 11. Monteferato Blackshirt CCNN Battalion
  • Negelli Cavalry Battalion
  • 65. Heavy Machine Gun Battalion
  • 65. Combat Engineer Company [nb 1][2]

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.[1]
Citations
  1. ^ Paoletti, p 170
  2. ^ Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 

References[edit]

  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.