Battle of Korytsa

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Battle of Korytsa
Part of the Greco-Italian War
Date 16–22 November 1940
Location Korcë, Albania
Result Greek victory:
  • Italian defensive line at Korcë is broken through
  • Defeat of the Italian 9th Army
Belligerents
 Fascist Italy
Italian 9th Army
 Kingdom of Greece
III Army Corps
Commanders and leaders
Ubaldo Soddu
Casualties and losses
Unknown killed, 2,000 captured, 135 field guns and 600 machine guns captured [1] Light

The Battle of Korytsa was fought during the Greco-Italian War of 1940–41 in the town of Korcë (Korytsa) in southern Albania between the defending Italian 9th Army and the attacking III Greek Army Corps.

After the initial Italian invasion, which began on 28 October, had been stopped the Greek forces launched an counteroffensive from early November. The battle for the capture of Korytsa formed the first part of the Greek counter-offensive against the Italians and marked the final stage of the Greek penetration in the Battle of Morava–Ivan heights sector.

The Italian 9th Army was entrenched around Korcë, but fierce fighting over two days led to the break-through of the Italian defensive line by the Greeks and the capture of Korcë. The remnants of the 9th Army was salvaged from possible capture as the opposing Greek forces were poorly motorized and unable to pursue the retreating Italians.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Οκτώβριος 1940: Η επίθεση εναντίον της Ελλάδας όπως την είδαν οι Ιταλοί, Συλλογικό έργο, Εκδόσεις Παπαδήμα, Αθήνα 2008, page 86; (Greek translation of Italian original: Ottobre 1940: La campagna di Grecia, Italia Editrice, Campobasso 1995/Foggia 2007)