Colonial POWs

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bertamingo
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Re: Colonial POWs

Post by bertamingo » 24 Jul 2018 13:34

Sid Guttridge wrote:
22 Jul 2018 11:02
There were, I believe, never any Libyan troops deployed in AOI.

However, the reverse was true in the 1920s and 1930s, when Eritrean troops played an important role in conquering Libya. They were also important in conquering Somaliland in the early 1920s. I believe all the Eritreans in Libya may already have been withdrawn home by the outbreak of WWII.

The senior Eritrean units were the only Italian colonial troops of any real substance, having been in existence for some 50+ years and campaigned successfully in Somaliland, Libya and Ethiopia. However, the Somalis, Libyans and Ethiopians had only been raised in the 1920s and 1930s and were not very reliable.

Cheers,

Sid.
Thank you for the story Sid, the Eritreans were indeed the backbone of the Italian colonial corps. Like above mentioned, some of them were still serving in Libya when ww2 broke out there!

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Re: Colonial POWs

Post by bertamingo » 24 Jul 2018 13:34

zaptiè wrote:
23 Jul 2018 10:48
The indian Btg not deserted ,but was disarmated and ex POW returned POW.The few non POW where turned on propaganda office and , later , goes to Germany.
Thank you for the correction!

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Re: Colonial POWs

Post by Sid Guttridge » 24 Jul 2018 19:15

Hi Bertamingo,

What specific units did the Eritreans in Libya in 1940 belong to?

There seem to have been no Eritrean units in the Ragruppamento Maletti in 1940. Were they in a different formation?

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Colonial POWs

Post by bertamingo » 25 Jul 2018 01:05

Sid Guttridge wrote:
24 Jul 2018 19:15
Hi Bertamingo,

What specific units did the Eritreans in Libya in 1940 belong to?

There seem to have been no Eritrean units in the Ragruppamento Maletti in 1940. Were they in a different formation?

Cheers,

Sid.
Hi Sid,
According to Berto, possibly some Eritreans were still in Ragruppamento Maletti in 1940. Since you said no Eritrean units were inside that formation, I'd presume those serving were on an individual basis?

Rgs
Bertamingo

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