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56th Infantry Division Casale
Active 1939–1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Forlì
Nickname(s) Casale
Engagements World War II
General Enea Navarrini

The 56th Infantry Division Casale was a regular Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Casale Division was sent to Albania in March 1941. Following the Battle of Greece it was used as an occupation force in Greece, until it was disbanded after the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943.[1] Its men hailed from Romagna.


General Enea Navarrini[2]

Order of battle

  • 11. Casale Infantry Regiment
  • 12. Casale Infantry Regiment
  • 311. Infantry Regiment
  • 56. Artillery Regiment
  • 23. CCNN Legion
  • 56. Mortar Battalion
  • 156. Anti-Tank Company
  • 56. Signal Company
  • 47. Pioneer Company
  • 60. Medical Section
  • 5. Supply Section
  • 41. Field Bakery
  • 48. Carabinieri Section
  • 49. Carabinieri Section [nb 1][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 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. 1.0 1.1 Marcus Wendal. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. Enrico Tagliazucchi and Franco Agostini. "Royal Italian Army". World War II Armed Forces – Orders of Battle and Organizations. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  3. Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 
  • Jowett, Phillip. The Italian Army 1040-45 (3): Italy 1943-45. Osprey Publishing, Westminster. ISBN 978-1-85532-866-2. 

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