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GGFF (Giovani Fascisti) 1941-1943

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Raggruppamento GGFF – Giovani Fascisti (Gazala – 24 May 1942)

GGFF REGIMENT

REGIMENTAL HQ (100 men, including M/cycle Section, etc.)
1st GGFF BATTALION

BTN HQ (68 men)
3 COMPANIES, each with: (141 men total)

COY HQ
3 RIFLE PLATOONS (each 4 x LMG)
1 MG PLATOON (3 x MMG)

2nd GGFF BATTALION

The same as 1st GGFF Battalion

IV GRENADIERS OF SARDINIA ATk BATTALION

HQ (68 men)
3 ATk COMPANIES, each with: (121 men total)

COY HQ (3 x Trucks)
4 ATk PLATOONS (each 2 x Trucks, 2 x 47mm ATG)

9th INDEPENDENT INFANTRY BATTALION

BTN HQ
3 COMPANIES, each with:

COY HQ
3 RIFLE PLATOONS

3rd PROVISIONAL “AS” BATTALION, SAN MARCO MARINE REGIMENT

BTN HQ
4 RIFLE COMPANIES
1 MORTAR COMPANY (81mm)
1 ATk COMPANY (47mm)

291st GaF ARTILLERY BATTALION (3 Batteries, each 4 x 77/28 Guns)
332nd GaF ARTILLERY BATTALION (3 Batteries, each 4 x 100/17 Howitzers)
RAGGRUPPAMENTO CELERE “AS” (Miscellaneous Cavalry Detachments*)
12th AUTODRAPPELLO BATTALION (Transport/Trucks).

(* I have no accurate information, Probably a mix of AB40 & AB41 Armoured Cars and some Motorcycle Troops)

20mm Solothurn ATRs were distributed amongst Infantry units as previously. (Note that GaF = Frontier Guards, the Italian Military equivalent of Customs or the modern US Border Patrol.)

In June 1942, the Italian Army instituted the A.S. (Africa Settentrionale) Reorganization. This involved a major re-arrangement of units, turning companies into self-contained combat groups with an equal share of the battalion’s support weapons. At the same time the GGFF were placed in army reserve and continued their reorganization.

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