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GGFF (Giovani Fascisti) 1941-1943

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136th INFANTRY DIVISION GGFF – Giovani Fascisti (Mareth Line 15 March 1943)

DIVISIONAL HQ
136th GGFF REGIMENT

REGIMENTAL HQ (100 men)
1st GGFF BATTALION

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

COY HQ
1 RIFLE PLATOON (6 x LMG)
1 MG PLATOON (3 x MMG)
1 ATk PLATOON (3 x 20mm Breda L/65)
1 ATk PLATOON (3 x 47mm ATG)

2nd GGFF BATTALION

Identical to 1st GGFF Battalion

? GaF BATTALION

Organization not known (as above)

10th VOGHERA CCNN “M” BATTALION

BTN HQ
RECON PLATOON
3 ASSAULT COMPANIES, each with:

COY HQ
3 RIFLE PLATOONS

1 MMG COMPANY

COY HQ
3 MMG PLATOONS (each 4 x MMG)

8th BERSAGLIERI REGIMENT

7th Bersaglieri Battalion
10th Bersaglieri Battalion
57th Bersaglieri ATk Battalion

9th INDEPENDENT INFANTRY BATTALION

Presumably the same as 1st GGFF Battalion.

? MG BATTALION (details not known)
? MG BATTALION (details not known)
136th ARTILLERY REGIMENT

XIV AUTOPORTATI GRUPPO: 3 Bty (each 4 x Cm 6517), 1 Section (2 x Cm 20/65)
XV AUTOPORTATI GRUPPO: 3 Bty (each 4 x Cm 65/17), 1 Section (2 x Cm 20/65)
XVI AUTOPORTATI GRUPPO: 3 Bty (each 4 x Cm 75/27)
XVII AUTOPORTATI GRUPPO: 3 Bty (each 4 x Cm 100/17)
13th AUTOPORTATI AA BATTERY (4 x Cm 20/65)

3 MISCELLANEOUS ARTILLERY GRUPPOS

each with 75/27 Guns (12 each in theory) – Exact numbers not known

48th AA/ATk ARTILLERY BATTALION (Italian 75/46 AA Guns)
88th ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERY (8 x 20mm AA)
25th ENGINEER BATTALION

BTN HQ
62nd ENGINEER COMPANY
25th SIGNALS COMPANY

Cm 65/17 is the 65mm Infantry Gun mounted on a captured British Morris CS6 Truck. Cm 20/65 is Breda 20mm AA mounted on a captured British Ford F15 Truck. Cm 75/27 is Italian 75mm Gun mounted on Italian TL37 Light Truck/Artillery Tractor. Cm 100/17 is Italian 100mm Howitzer mounted on Italian Lancia 3RO Truck.

On The 19th March, the Division was holding the Northern (Coastal) section of the Mareth Line and had a strength of 5000 men.

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