|36th Mountain Infantry Division Forlì|
Regno d'Italia |
Kingdom of Italy
Regio Esercito |
Royal Italian Army
|Engagements||World War II|
|File:36 division forli.jpg|
|Forlì Division collar insignia|
The 36th Mountain Infantry Division Forlì was a Mountain Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II. The division was formed in October 1939 and in June 1940, was part of the First Army (Italy) and took part in the Italian invasion of France. Afterwards it was moved to Albania for the Greco-Italian War. After the Greek surrender the division remained in Greece as an occupying force based around Athens. The Division surrendered to the German forces in Greece after the Italian surrender in September 1943. Mountain Divisions are not to be confused with the "Alpini" specialized mountain troops. The Mountain divisions had pack horse artillery instead of the usual towed type.
The men that formed this division were drafted in the Langhe, a geographical region in southern Piedmont.
Commander[edit | edit source]
Order of battle[edit | edit source]
- 43. Forlì Infantry Regiment
- 44. Forlì Infantry Regiment
- 343. Infantry Regiment
- 36. Artillery Regiment
- 36. Mortar Battalion
- 36. Anti-Tank Company
- 36. Signal Company
- 66. Pioneer Company
- 23. Medical Section
- 19. Field Bakery 
Notes[edit | edit source]
- An Italian Infantry Division 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.
- Mulholland, John. "Axis Order of Battle 10 June 1940 - The Italian Invasion of France". Axis History. http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=6466. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=8551. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Paoletti, p 170
- Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9.
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