By Jeffrey W.S. Leser At the outbreak of the European war in September 1939, the Italian forces in Africa Settentrionale (A.S.) lacked major armored formations. The Italian Army had established three armored divisions the year before the war, but these were still equipped the small carri veloci (CV) type light tanks that had been found […]
Italian losses had been quite heavy, but that was only the beginning. For along another chain of low hills, 500 meters south of the just seized position, a more solid and better organized American defense line greeted the already worn out Italians with a withering fire. The worst was still to come.
Contrary to popular belief, the “Giovani Fascisti” (Young Fascists, or GGFF) were not part of the MVSN (Fascist Militia), but were instead a Regular Army unit whose members had been recruited from the GUF (Gioventu’ Universitaria Fascista) – which was however, a Fascist Party sponsored organization however.
The Italian invasion force was built of ad hoc assembled units. It took the name of “Expeditionary Corps OMT” under command of General Guzzoni.