Allied invasion of Italy order of battle

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Allied Invasion of Italy Order of Battle is a listing of the significant Allied and Axis formations that were involved during the Allied Invasion of Italy (the landings at Salerno, Reggio and Taranto) 3 September – 16 September 1943.

Allied Forces[edit]

Allied 15th Army Group[edit]

Under the command of General Sir Harold Alexander.

Under direct Army Group command (Operation Slapstick at Taranto)[edit]

U.S. 5th Army (Operation Avalanche at Salerno)[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant General Mark Clark.

Army troops[edit]
U.S. VI Corps[edit]

Commanded by Major General Ernest J. Dawley

British X Corps[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant-General Richard McCreery.

Army Group Reserve available to 5th Army[edit]

British Eighth Army[edit]

Commanded by General Bernard Montgomery

British XIII Corps (Operation Baytown at Reggio di Calabria)[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey

  • Corps artillery
    • 6th Army Group, R.A.
    • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade
  • Corps troops
    • 1st Special Reconnaissance Squadron
    • 3rd Commando
    • 40th Royal Marine Commando
  • Also supporting XIII Corps

German Forces[edit]

Army Command South[edit]

Commanded by Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Albert Kesselring

German Tenth Army[edit]

Commanded by General (Generaloberst) Heinrich von Vietinghoff

XIV Panzer Corps[edit]

Commanded by Major-General (Generalleutnant) Hermann Balck (acting commander).

LXXVI Panzer Corps[edit]

Commanded by Lieutenant-General (General der Panzertruppe) Traugott Herr.

  • 1st Parachute Division
    Commanded by Major-General (Generalleutnant) Richard Heidrich
    • 1st Parachute Regiment - (less 3rd Battalion detached to Hermann Göring Division)[10]
    • 3rd Parachute Regiment - (detached to 26th Panzer Division[10] and then to 29th Panzer Grenadier Division[11])
    • 4th Parachute Regiment - (detached to 26th Panzer Division)[10]

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
Citations
  1. ^ Secret Document 161, Location of units in the Royal Air Force, 34th issue, July 1943, Royal Air Force Museum accession number PR02859.
  2. ^ Molony, pp. 242, 244 & 245.
  3. ^ a b Molony, p. 278n.
  4. ^ Molony, p. 277n.
  5. ^ Molony, p. 337n.
  6. ^ Molony, p. 276n.
  7. ^ a b Molony, p. 234n.
  8. ^ Molony, pp. 117 & 234.
  9. ^ a b Molony, p. 239.
  10. ^ a b c Molony, p. 243n.
  11. ^ Molony, p. 231n.

References[edit]

  • Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "World War II unit histories and officers". Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  • Molony, Brigadier C.J.C.; with Flynn, Captain F.C. (R.N.); Davies, Major-General H.L. & Gleave, Group Captain T.P. (2004) [1st. pub. HMSO:1973]. Butler, Sir James, ed. The Mediterranean and Middle East, Volume V: The Campaign in Sicily 1943 and The Campaign in Italy 3rd September 1943 to 31st March 1944. History of the Second World War, United Kingdom Military Series. Uckfield, UK: Naval & Military Press. ISBN 1-84574-069-6. 
  • "Orders of Battle.com". Retrieved 2010-07-27.