227th Coastal Division (Italy)

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The 227th Coastal Division was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The division was located in the Calabria coastal region of Italy. Coastal divisions were second line divisions, usually formed from men in their forties and fifties intended to perform labouring and secondary military duties. Recruited locally, they were often commanded by officers called out of retirement. Their equipment was also second rate. The Prime Minister of Italy, Benito Mussolini had hoped to obtain large quantities of arms and equipment from the disbanded Vichy French army, but this was often sabotaged or arrived with no ammunition.1

Order of battle

  • 141st Coastal Infantry Regiment
  • 145th Coastal Infantry Regiment 1

References

  1. ^ a b Jowett p 6
  • Jowett, Philip S. (2000). The Italian Army 1940–45 (1): Europe 1940–1943. Osprey, Oxford - New York. ISBN 978-1-85532-864-8. 









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