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GGFF (Giovani Fascisti) 1941-1943

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136th INFANTRY DIVISION GGFF – Giovani Fascisti (Enfidaville 17 April 1943)

DIVISIONAL HQ
1st GGFF BATTALION

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

Presumably the same as the previous organization, although Companies were well below strength and short of equipment, and therefore unlikely to have all the platoon complements listed!

11th BERSAGLIERI BATTALION

Organized same as 1st GGFF Battalion

9th INDEPENDENT INFANTRY BATTALION

Presumably the same as 1st GGFF Battalion.

III BATTALION, 47th (German) GRENADIER REGIMENT
361st (German) PANZER GRENADIER REGIMENT, with:

REGIMENTAL HQ & HEAVY WEAPONS
I BATTALION
II BATTALION

5 MISCELLANEOUS ARTILLERY GRUPPOS (with a total of 41 assorted Guns*)

* Probably the remnants of the 4 Autoportati Gruppos plus attached 75/27 Gruppos.

NOTE: The 2nd GGFF Battalion at this time was attached to the German 90th Light Division. It would have been organized the same as the 1st GGFF Battalion.

Bibliography

I highly recommend Victor Madeja’s “Italian Army Order of Battle” for anyone starting out on researching units of the Italian Army in WWII, while Rex Trye’s book provides an excellent starting point for the Italians in general. Finally special thanks to Rex Trye (New Plymouth, New Zealand) and Arturo Lorioli (Rome, Italy) who have helped me with my Italian research and especially Arturo who has been a great source of information himself!

Italian Army Order of Battle 1940-44 – Victor W Madeja
Italian Army Handbook – Victor W Madeja
Italian Order of Battle WWII (3 Volumes) – George F Nafziger
Mussolini’s Soldiers – Rex Trye
Rommel’s North African Campaign – Greene & Massignani
Miscellaneous other publications & Articles

Article by John Moher

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