|41st Infantry Division Firenze|
World War II|
Italian invasion of France
Invasion of Yugoslavia
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The 41st Infantry Division Firenze was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Firenze Division took part in the Italian invasion of France and later the Greco-Italian War as part of the Army Group Reserve. It also took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia. It remained in Yugoslavia as an occupation force in Montenegro until July 1941. It was then transferred to Albania where it remained until the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943. Following the surrender a number of men from the division joined the Yugoslav Partisans and the Albanian Partisans. The 92. CCNN Legion continued to serve with the German forces.
The division was made up of Tuscans, and especially Florentines (a rare case of Italian Infantry Division whose name coincides with the ethnicity or place of residence of its members).
Order of battle
- 127. Firenze Infantry Regiment
- 128. Firenzi Infantry Regiment
- 41. Artillery Regiment
- 92. CCNN Legion (Blackshirts)
- 41. Mortar Battalion
- 241. Anti-Tank Company
- 41. Signal Company
- 53. Pioneer Company
- 37. Medical Section
- 36. Supply Section
- 12. Field Bakery
- 194. Motor Transport Section [nb 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.
- Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.
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