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The Bologna Division: 19 November – 10 December, 1941

A Breda 20mm MG crew taking combat position under enemy fire. Photo Credit:

The Bologna Division had taken such losses in its attempt to contain the Tobruk garrison that a lesser commander might have called it quits.

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The Dismantling of the ltalian East African Empire

Sellassie's return to Ethiopia on a Vickers Valentia.  Image: Imperial War museum

The Battle of Agordat lasted three days from 28th January and was fought by both sides with vigor and was in the end won by the 4th Indian Division after the timely arrival of four Matilda infantry tanks which the Italians could not counter.

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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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