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5th Division "Cosseria" participated in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War and was reorganized as a binary division prior to the start of World War II.


Order of Battle Oct. 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 0275985059.  

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