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38th Infantry Division Puglie
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 Conegliano
Nickname(s) Puglie
Engagements World War II
Invasion of Yugoslavia
General Alberto D’Aponte
File:38 div collar insignia.jpg
Puglie Division collar inignia

The 38th Infantry Division Puglie was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Puglie Division took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia and spent the rest of the war until the Italian surrender in September 1943, as an occupying force in Montenegro and then Albania.

The division filled its ranks with men drafted in eastern Veneto and Friuli, with a majority of soldiers hailing from the towns of Sacile and Vittorio Veneto.

Invasion of Yugoslavia

The Puglie Division took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia as part of the Italian XIV Corps and invaded from the Albanian front. The Division had only one Infantry regiment attached as the 72 Puglie Infantry Regiment was assigned to the Italian XVII Corps[1]


General Alberto D’Aponte

Order of battle

  • 71.Puglie Infantry Regiment
  • 72. Puglie Infantry Regiment
  • 15. Montenero Artillery Regiment
  • 115. CCNN Legion (Blackshirts)
  • 38. Mortar Battalion
  • 38. Anti-Tank Company
  • 38. Signal Company
  • 43. Pioneer Company
  • 56. Medical Section
  • 38. Field Bakery [nb 1][3]


  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 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.[2]
  1. "Invasion of Yugoslavia 6 April, 1941". Commando Supremo. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. Paoletti, p 170
  3. "Italian Army". Axis Histrory. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 

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