MaPen wrote:There were no such Italian units that have offered to continue the fight against partisans after Sep/8/43. It is difficult to say for platoon levels (maybe some Blackshirts) though but I doubt it anyway.
1B article of Armistice Treaty demanded that "Italian participation in the war in all Theaters will cease immediately. There will be no opposition to landings, movements or other operations of the Land, Sea and Air Forces of the United Nations. Accordingly, the Italian Supreme Command will order the immediate cessation of hostilities of any kind against the Forces of the United Nations and will direct the Italian Navy, Military and Air Force authorities in all Theaters to issue forthwith the appropriate instructions to those under their Command."
Well, guys, about italian formations in German service after 8/9/43 seems to exist a bit of confusion
Theory was a thing, reality was another thing.
When armistice was declared in Italy mostly units simply disbanded for autonomous choice and many thousand men were captured by germans.
Outside Italy, situation was a bit different, expecially in Balcania.
Surrounded by all kind of “enemies” (fm communist partisans, to croatian ustasha – yes, ustasha too!) italian units tended to remain on foot, (and not simply disbanded) for logical, logistical, political etc reasons.
Naturally a lot of men deserted to partisans, many others became civilians; a lot choose to fight with germans against communists: this was the case, particularly, of the Battaglioni Camicie Nere (Blackshirts Bataillons) - the fascist militia.
I have sure infos about the following Blackshirts Btn’s (more btn’s to check)
Following bataillons remained in Balcania for few weeks only, but not disbanded and remained allied with Germans.
Located in Corfù, then Prevesa. Co. Primo Seniore Gilberto Fabris. Become part of Geb-Jag-Rgt 98 till November 43. On December returned to Italy. Then part of 29 SS
LXXXIX and XCVII
Last one Co. By Primo Seniore Carlo Degli Oddi. Both in Drnis, become part of 114 Jager Division.
They formed Miliz-Regiment “De Maria” part of Orpo. Knin and Bihac. On october Salisburgo.
Then to 29 SS
Following bataillons remained in Balcania till the end of war. Unfortunately lack of infos, but they remained organized as “closed” units, not auxiliaries (hiwis, bau, arbeit etc). For italians, they remained officially titled “Blackshirts Bataillons” and this seems to be indicate that they not becomed (formally) part of GNR (Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana*) when RSI was formed, but maintained a “particular status”. (Probably possible to find more infos fm my sources.....).
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 310 men and 18 Schw-Mg. Co. Cap. Lazzaroni
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 310 men 12 Schw-Mg, some le. and mortars. Co. illegible (Ten.Col.Zattoni??)
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 350 men 15 Schw-Mg, </> 22 le., 8 mortars. Co. Cap. Giunchi
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 290 men 20 Schw-Mg, some le., 8 mortars. Co. illegible (Cap. ??)
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 280 men 23 Schw-Mg, some le., 10 mortars. Co. Ten.Col. Cortesi
Remained in Balcania. Situation January/February 45: 300 men 11 100/17 and 76/2. Co. Cap. Vanni
Remained in Creta. Situation January/February 45: 570 men.
Above mentioned Btn’s were combat units. I don’t mention more and more italian troops considered “workers” (i.e. “Construction-Bataillons).
*GNR was formed under RSI with men coming fm disbanded Carabinieri, Camicie Nere and (theorically only) PAI units, for internal security purposes.