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61st Infantry Division Sirte
Active 1939 – 1941
Country  Italy
Branch Flag of Italy (1860).svg Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Sirte
Engagements World War II
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Vincenzo della Mura

The 61st Infantry Division Sirte was an Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Sirte Division was sent to Libya in October 1939 . In September 1940, it was part of the Italian XXII Corps that took part in the Italian invasion of Egypt and was destroyed at Tobruk during the British counterattack in January 1941.[1]

Commander[edit | edit source]

Brigadier-General Vincenzo della Mura

Order of battle[edit | edit source]

  • 69. Ancona Infantry Regiment
  • 70. Ancona Infantry Regiment
  • 43. Sirte Artillery Regiment [nb 1][1]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  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.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=9926. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. Paoletti, p. 170.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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

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