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Camicie Nere (The MVSN & CCNN Combat Units)

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CCNN Units in the A.O.I.

Meanwhile CCNN units were also operational in the A.O.I. (Africa Orientale Italiana – Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea). In the theater Divisions did not operate as such, instead they served only as administrative organizations. The Brigade (or Regiment/Legion) was the operational unit in the A.O.I., the bulk of the troops being Colonial units of Ethiopians, Somalis, and Eritreans. However several units of metropolitan (European) and Colonial (Settlers) Italian troops fought in this theater (In the case of the CCNN the latter are marked with the d’Africa notation).

CCNN d’Africa Division
As previously mentioned a holding and Administrative unit – Its component units operated independently.

Cacciatori d’AfricaDivision
Again this unit did not operate as a fully integrated Division. It was a regular army formation. Black shirt formations attached to it:

10th CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
3rd CCNN BATTALION
15th CCNN BATTALION

This Division’s name was later resurrected for a short period in 1942 as the cover name for the Folgore Parachute Division during its deployment to North Africa.

65th Savoy Grenadier Division
Again a regular army formation with the following Black shirt attachments:

11th CCNN BATTALION

Various Independent Units
The following is a list units that operated independently in the A.O.I. (including units nominally under the command of the CCNN d’Africa Division):

11th CCNN LEGION:
LEGION HQ
1st CCNN d’Africa BATTALION
2nd CCNN d’Africa BATTALION
3rd CCNN d’Africa BATTALION

44th CCNN d’Africa BATTALION

150th CCNN d’Africa BATTALION

170th CCNN d’Africa BATTALION

CCNN units in Greece and Yugoslavia

CCNN Galbiati Raggruppamento
RAGGRUPPAMENTO HQ
8th Cacciatori delle Alpi CCNN BATTALION
12th Monte Bianco CCNN BATTALION
16th Alpina CCNN BATTALION
29th Chinotti CCNN BATTALION

This formation served in the Greek campaign and was disbanded at its conclusion.

CCNN Diamanti Raggruppamento
RAGGRUPPAMENTO HQ
28th Randaccio CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
79th CCNN MG COMPANY
11th Monteferato CCNN BATTALION
28th Randaccio CCNN BATTALION
108th Stamira CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
108th CCNN MG COMPANY
102nd Cacciatori di Tevere CCNN BATTALION
108th Stamura CCNN BATTALION
115th Cimino CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
121st CCNN MG COMPANY
115th Del Cimino CCNN BATTALION
121st Coriolano CCNN BATTALION
136th TreMonti CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
130th CCNN MG COMPANY
130th L‘Acquila (or Monte Sirente) CCNN BATTALION
136th TreMonti CCNN BATTALION
152nd Acciaiata CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
152nd CCNN MG COMPANY
152nd Acciasta CCNN BATTALION
155th Val Bradano CCNN BATTALION

This formation was assigned to the XVII Corps and operated in Yugoslavia. It was disbanded at the conclusion of the Greek & Yugoslavian Campaigns.

Zara Garrison
107th F. Rismondo CCNN COMPANY

CCNN Biscaccianti Raggruppamento
RAGGRUPPAMENTO HQ
80th Alessandro Farnese CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
80th CCNN MG COMPANY
26th Alberto da Guissano CCNN BATTALION
67th Volontari del Reno CCNN BATTALION
109th Corridoni CCNN LEGION
LEGION HQ
109th CCNN MG COMPANY
109th Fillipo Corridoni CCNN BATTALION
116th Sabina CCNN BATTALION
93rd Giglio Rosso CCNN BATTALION

This unit served in Yugoslavia in the Librazhd sector.

Later both The 10th Voghera and 29th Arona Battalions would serve in this theater on anti partisan duties. They would later be joined by the Raggruppamento 21 April CCNN. For more information on all these units, see the separate article on CCNN M Battalions.

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Comments

  1. Hi!
    I have a Round Copper Pendant that I think was from the Black Shirts. It is about 1″ Diameter with a Chain Hole at the Top. On one Side it has a Palm Tree, a Knife “X” on the handel on Top of (3)-Spears, and the Words “270 LEGIONC CCNN LIBICA INVINCIBILC”. On the other Side, it has a Map with (3) Places called “TRAPANI”, “AGRIGENTO” & “CNNA”. Around the Perimeter it has “VAMPA”FRECCE” & “LPVI”. The Map has (2) Arrows to the Right Side and (2) what looks like to me, “Long Dog Heads with their Mouths Open”.
    I have been trying to find out what this is since I have had it. It was in with some things that my Father had and was past down to me when he Past. My Dad was in WWII so, if that helps please let me know!
    Thanks!

  2. In the text about the “M” battalions it reads; “For further reading on the M units see the separate article on this website.”

    But I can’t find this article anywhere?

    Thanks in advance,
    Glenning

    • Glenning – This was John Moher’s article and it probably pertained to his website. I no longer have his email address to assist you. The text has now been deleted.

  3. Dan Montagano says:

    I would like to note that there is an omission in the list of CCNN units that served in Yugoslavia. The 81st CCNN battalion was active there and took part in battles fought against the Udarne Brigade at Dolnij Poloj during October of 1942. Incidentally, this was also the setting for the last Cavalry charge ever mounted by the Italian Army. And finally, the 81st battalion was designated a “M” battalion shortly before being sent to Yugoslavia.

    • I have discussed this RedShirt issue here before.The wife says that this is the name that the M Battalion soldiers identified themselves as.They were proud of it.