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55 Truck-Moveable Division Savona
Active 1939–1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname Savona
Engagements World War II
Operation Crusader
Siege of Tobruk
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Generale di Divisione Fedele di Giorgis

The 55 Truck-Moveable Division Savona was a North African type Infantry Division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Savona Division was sent to Libya in September 1939. The division was not involved in the Italian invasion of Egypt as it was deployed facing French Tunisia. In the summer of 1941 it was deployed as part of the garrison of the fortified position of Sollum/Bardia/Halfaya under the command of Panzergroup Africa, which it defended during Operation Crusader. It was destroyed when it surrendered to 2nd South African Division at Sollum on 17 January 1942, and never reformed.[1]

Commander

Generale di Divisione Fedele di Giorgis[nb 1]

Order of battle

  • 15. Savona Infantry Regiment
  • 16. Savona Infantry Regiment
  • 12. Sila Artillery Regiment
  • 4. Genova Cavalleria Armored Car Battalion
  • 55. Engineer Battalion [nb 2]

Notes

Footnotes
  1. ^ Author Walther-Peer Fellgiebel lists Fedele di Giorgis as a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 9 January 1942 as Lieutenant General and commander of the Italian Division "Savona".[2] However there is no reference of Fedele di Giorgio in Veit Scherzer's book Ritterkreuzträger 1939 - 1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives.
  2. ^ An Italian North African Infantry Division of the 1940 structure normally consisted of two Infantry Regiments (three Battalions, one mortar, one 65mm gun company each), an Artillery Regiment with one heavy and two light battalions and an anti-aircraft battery, a light tank Battalion with 46 tankettes, an Anti Tank Company, a reserve and a machine-gun battalion. Each Division had 10,978 men if at full strength. In 1942 the North African divisions were reorganised on wa much smaller scale. [3]
Citations
  1. ^ Orpen "War in the Desert"
  2. ^ Fellgiebell 2000, p. 461.
  3. ^ http://niehorster.orbat.com/019_italy/40_organ/div_autotrans_40as.html


  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0275985059.  
  • Jowett, Phillip. The Italian Army 1040-45 (3): Italy 1943-45. Osprey Publishing, Westminster. ISBN 978-1-85532-866-2.  


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