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5th Infantry Division Cosseria
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Active January 1, 1935 - September 12, 1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Imperia
Engagements World War II

The 5th Infantry Division Cosseria was an Infantry Division of the Italian Army during the Second World War. The 5th Division "Cosseria" participated in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War and was reorganized as a binary division prior to the start of the Second World War. It was made up almost totally of Ligurians and Montferratians.

Order of Battle October 1935

5th Infantry Division "Cosseria"

  • 41st Infantry Regiment "Modena"
  • 42nd Infantry Regiment "Modena"
  • 29th Artillery Regiment (2 x 75L13 bns)
  • 505th MMG Battalion
  • 5th Engineers Company
  • 5th Replacements Battalion


  • Each Army Division in the Ethiopian Campaign had a Pack-Mules unit of 3000 mules and three Regimental Trucks units (20 light trucks each).
  • Cosseria Division was organized in Ethiopia as a Binary Division (2 Infantry Rgts only)

Order of Battle June 1940

5th Infantry Division "Cosseria"

  • 89th Infantry Regiment "Salerno"
  • 90th Infantry Regiment "Salerno"
  • 5th 81mm Mortar Battalion
  • 10th 81mm Mortar Battalion
  • Antitank Gun Battalion
    • 135th Antitank Gun Company (47/32)
    • 335th Antitank Gun Company (47/32)
    • Semoventi da 47/32 Company
  • 37th Artillery Regiment
  • 23rd Engineer Company[nb 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 (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]
  1. Paoletti, p 170
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 

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