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65 Infantry Division Granatieri di Savoia
Active 1939–1941
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname Granatieri di Savoia
Engagements World War II
General Amedeo Liberati

The 65 Infantry Division "Grenadiers of Savoy" (Italian: Granatieri di Savoia) was an infantry division of the Italian Royal Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) during World War II.


East African Campaign

The Granatieri di Savoia Division was created and stationed in Italian East Africa (Africa Orientale Italiana, or AOI). It took part in the Italian conquest of British Somaliland and the Battle of Keren. The division was destroyed by the British and Commonwealth counter-offensive into AOI wich started in January 1941. The last elements of the Granatieri di Savoia Division surrendered in May.

The Granatieri di Savoia was one of two Italian infantry divisions involved in the East African Campaign, the other being the 40 Infantry Division "Hunters of Africa" (Cacciatori d'Africa).[1]


General Amedeo Liberati

Order of battle

  • 10. Infantry Regiment
  • 11. Infantry Regiment
  • 60. Artillery Regiment
  • 11. CCNN Battalion
  • Negelli Cavalry Battalion
  • Heavy Machine Gun Battalion
  • Engineer Company [nb 1][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 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]
  1. ^ a b Wendal, Marcus. "Italian Army". Axis History. Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  2. ^ Paoletti, p 170

  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0275985059.  



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