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23rd Infantry Division Ferrara
Active 1939–1943
Country Italy Regno d'Italia
Kingdom of Italy
Branch Flag of Italy (1860).svgRegio Esercito
Royal Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Bari
Nickname(s) Ferrara
Engagements World War II
General Licurgo Zannini

The 23rd Infantry Division Ferrara was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Ferrara was mobilized for war in June 1939 and took part in the invasions of Albania and the Greco-Italian War with the Italian 11th Army, XXV Corps.[1] It was then stationed in Albania and Montenegro. After the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943. the Division surrendered to the Germans.[2]

Its men were drafted in Bari and in the Murge.


General Licurgo Zannini

Order of battle

  • 47. Ferrara Infantry Regiment
  • 48. Ferrara Infantry Regiment
  • 14. Murge Artillery Regiment
  • 82. CCNN Legion (Blackshirts)
  • 23. Mortar Battalion
  • 23. Anti-Tank Company
  • 23. Signal Company
  • 58. Pioneer Company
  • 127. Medical Section
  • 9 Supply Section
  • 3 Field Bakery[2][nb 1]


  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.[3]
  1. "Italian Invasion of Greece". Commando Supremo. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 

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