El Alamein

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diciassette2000
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Re: El Alamein

Post by diciassette2000 » 12 Jan 2021 20:06

During all the three battles of Alamein the Bersaglieri regiments of CA (which the 9th was for the 10th CA) took on the AS42 type staff, ie on two battalions of three homogeneous companies each. In August 1942 the 9th Bersaglieri Regiment was composed and ordered as follows:
--9.o Bersaglieri regiment with: (royal force as of August 22, 1942 22 officers and 511 non-commissioned officers and troops)
---Command
--- 28th Bersaglieri Battalion (on three companies with a real strength as of August 22, 1942 of 8 47/32, 2 anti-tank rifles, 2 heavy machine guns and 15 light guns)
--- 30th Bersaglieri Battalion (on three companies with a real force as of August 22, 1942 of 9 47/32, 9 anti-tank rifles, 9 heavy machine guns and 18 light guns) (detached)
All the best
Maurizio

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Re: El Alamein

Post by valentine III » 13 Jan 2021 16:49

Many thanks Maurizio,

So in August there were two battalions although with very few men between them: 533 men in total !! They looked like reinforced companies.

The XXX'th Battalion seem to be fully refurbished with weapons. Do you know were was it placed on october??

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Re: El Alamein

Post by valentine III » 15 Jan 2021 19:30

By the way, a common error in many italian orbats for the operations around Gazzala, Tobruk and Alamein in 1942 is to give to the italian infantry division Brescia 1st articelere a Vº Gruppo equipped with the german 88 Flak gun.
While it's true that this gruppo existed, it was assigned to Brescia only for a brief period before May 1942. From then on it was assigned to Ariete and fought with distinction during the Gazzala-Tobruk battles, losing some guns. The remainder guns but one were lost at Deep Well on 3rd july when most of the Ariete's available artillery was destroyed by the New zelanders.
After that, Ariete was rebuilt and assigned a new 88 mm Flak group in August...

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