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Insignia of the Venezia Division prior to joining the Partisans.

The 19th Infantry Division Venezia was an Italian infantry division that served within the Italian Army and later the Yugoslav Partisans during World War II, after which it was disbanded. Formed originally as the 19th Infantry Division Gavinana, it served in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War and was reorganized as the 19th Infantry Division Venezia prior to the start of World War II. The Venezia was mobilized in May 1939, for the invasion of Albania and later took part in the Battle of Greece. It was stationed in Yugoslavia for the remainder of the war as an occupation force. When Italy capitulated in September 1943, the division was included in the Yugoslav Partisans and went on to fight against the Axis as the Garibaldi Division.

Order of battle

19th Infantry Division "Gavninana"

  • 70th Infantry Regiment "Ancona"
  • 83rd Infantry Regiment "Venezia"
  • 84th Infantry Regiment "Venezia"
  • 19th Artillery Regiment
  • 519th MMG Bn
  • 19th Replacements Bn
  • 19th Engineers Coy[nb 1]


  1. An Italian Infantry Division normally consisted of two Infantry Regiments (three Battalions each), a Artillery Regiment, a Mortar Battalion (two companies), a Anti Tank Company, a Blackshirt Legion (Regiment of two Battalions). 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]
  1. Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 


  • Each Army Division in the Ethiopian Campaign had a Pack-Mules unit of 3000 mules and three Regimental Trucks units (20 light trucks each).

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