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The 29th Infantry Division Peloritana was an infantry division of the Italian Royal Army (Regio Esercito). The division fought in Ethiopia during the interwar period. The division was reorganized as the binary 29th Infantry Division Piemonte prior to World War II and fought in Greece.

Garrisoned in Messina, Sicily, the division was made up entirely of Sicilians.

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Piemonte Division insignia

Ethiopia

The division fought on the "southern front" during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.

Greece

The division fought during the Greco-Italian War, the Battle of Greece, and the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II.

Order of battle Oct. 1935

29th Division (Peloritana)

  • 3rd Infantry Regiment
  • 4th Infantry Regiment
  • 75th Infantry Regiment
  • 24th Artillery Regiment
  • 529th MMG Bn
  • 29th Replacements Bn
  • 29th Engineers Coy

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

Order of battle 1940

29th Division (Piemonte)

  • 3rd Infantry Regiment
  • 4th Infantry Regiment
  • 29th Mortar Battalion
  • 29th Antitank Company
  • 24th Artillery Regiment
  • 29th Engineer Battalion
  • 29th Medical Services
  • 29th Supply Services[nb 1]

Notes

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 (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]
Citations
  1. Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 

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