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57th Infantry Division Lombardial
Active 1939–1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Casale
Engagements World War II
Battle of the Neretva
Commanders
Notable
commanders
General Giovanni Esposito

The 57th Infantry Division Lombardia was a regular infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Lombardia Division took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia as part of the Italian V Corps. It remained in the Balkans as an occupation force, first in Slovenia and then Croatia. It also took part in the Battle of the Neretva. After the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943 it was disbanded by the Germans.[1][2]

Commander[edit | edit source]

General Giovanni Esposito[3]

Order of battle[edit | edit source]

  • 73. Lombardia Infantry Regiment
  • 74. Lombardia Infantry Regiment
  • 57. Artillery Regiment
  • 137. CCNN Legion
  • 57. Mortar Battalion
  • 57. Anti-Tank Company
  • 57. Signal Company
  • 37. Pioneer Company
  • 57. Medical Section
  • 40. Supply Section
  • 40. Field Bakery
  • 134. Field Hospital
  • 135. Field Hospital [nb 1][1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Footnotes
  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.[4]
Citations
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  4. Paoletti, p 170

References[edit | edit source]

  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Jowett, Phillip. The Italian Army 1040–45 (3): Italy 1943–45. Osprey Publishing, Westminster. ISBN 978-1-85532-866-2. 

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