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Giovani Fascisti at Point 174: The Stand in the Sand

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The Giovani Fascisti arrived in Libya just a few months earlier in July of 1941, and up to that point were yet untested in true battle.

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Field Marshal Ettore Bastico

Field Marshal Ettore Bastico

On July 19, 1941, he was named governor of Libya and commander of all troops on the North African Theater. He also had nominal command over Rommels troops.

Libyan and National paratrooper units 1940-41

In contrast to the Tonini paratroopers, a large portion of the National Paratrooper Battalion did manage to escape or evade capture by running the gauntlet of enemy artillery along the coastline.