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Italian Divisional Organizations tipo Africa Settentrionale (A.S.)

In Libya, the Italian military forces were organized under the Comando Superiore Forze Armate Africa Settentrionale (A.S).

Italian Folgore at El Alamein: Unbreakable

Folgore on patrol

The Folgore has often received praise and admiration for the bravery they displayed during the fighting at El Alamein.

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Guide to NARA Italian Microfilm Records Series T-821

These NARA files contain a wide variety of documents covering the Italian Armed Force from 1939-43.

The Battle of Mersa Matruh

Illustration depicting Bersaglieri capturing British soldiers in a cave

The 90th Light Division had by this time been reinforced by Bersaglieri troops of Xth and XXIst Infantry Corps, and groups of the 10th Indian Division at the head of Wadi Nagamish came under heavy tank and machine gun fire from the Littorio Armored Division.

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Graziani vs. Rommel

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Graziani and Rommel led two very different armies in the North Africa front, and in turn, the options they had were not the same. To base any comparison between the success of Erwin Rommel and the failure of Graziani’s Italian forces prior to the German involvement is simply flawed.