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I've just translated an Italian WWII postcard (cancelled January 1941) which states, Giovani fascisti eroi di-el-Gobi or Young fascists at Bir-El-Gobi. An image of the card has also been supplied for everyone's inspection. Does anyone know where this combat action took place, what Italian units were involved and what happened? I'm assuming it was during the failed 1940-41 advance into Egypt, but was it Ethiopia? It's a Geno Boccasile card and the image is dramatic and fantastic (typical of Italian artists).
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In the second battle (I don't remember exact date, sorry) the Reggimento Giovani Fascisti substained and rejected the clash of a British armored force.
The Giovani Fascisti (GG.FF.) Regiment was formed in 1940 by two battalions of university student volunteers chosen between fascist universitary organization. It was anyway a unit of Regular Army and not of MVSN.
The regiment was committed to North Africa in summer 1941 and included into the Manouver Corps Recon Group with which fought in Crusader.
In 1942, it should have been organized to upgrade to an Armored Division but never received one tank. Anyway GGFF division continued to fight unitl last surrender in Tunisia
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