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Great find, Maurizio
I would go for the 202nd at Derna. That is what tells me the Allegato for Diario Storico Militare del Giorno 6/1/41 (USSME N-2/390) of Comando Superiore FF.AA. AS
That is where Schizzo 17 Prima Offensiva Britannica takes its data.
I know that it is not much but I can locate two platoons of 202nd at Derna on 6 JAN (Scacchiere libico - egiziano. Situazione al 6-1-1941 from CS FF.AA. AS files).
I keep digging
I agree that the Battle for Derna lasted longer than just on 25 JAN. And yes, I have read the whole WD. And I found that the OOB presented by Annex A to Op Inst No 7 from 25 JAN (which I inserted just as an example), was valid until 30 JAN when 2/8 Fld Coy returned under the control of...
Don't have the files listed, but in my notes, I marked Roll 36 as "seen", but no copies. Apparently, nothing interesting, for me at least. Maybe something from 1942 - 1943? Cannot recall...
You are right, that how this portion was called:
Unfortunately, I don't have the full roll. I was going one by one through those that looked interesting to me.
The other doc from that roll that I was going through are: Formazioni ed Organici di Guerra for CCNN from April 1940.
Maurizio and Jeff,
The files come from NARA (T-821, Roll 35). It covers different types of units designed for service in the A.S., including artillery.
Yes, you are right. Here is the summary for the artillery regiment:
Just doing a quick check in my AS files, I can tell that according to "Formozioni Provissorie di Guerra di alcune unita metropolitane per l'A.S." issued May 1940 it is three batteries in gruppo.
According to T. Vendramme and A. Bondesan (Ruote nel deserto. Teatri operativi, mobilita e logistica del RE in AS) the road between Sollum and Sidi Barrani was ready and was called Via della Vittoria. Out of 80 km of the road 40 km was already covered with asphalt.
I also reviewed my resources, and I believe the most relevant for El Alamein would be "Formazioni Provvisorie di Guerra dei Comandi, Reparti e Servizi in A.S. Fascicolo D - Truppe Corazzate" dated June 1942. It still says that Batalions M were organized in three companies, of three platoons...
I don't think so. He was wounded twice at El Mechili, the second time in the head. His colonna was still in the OOB during the assaults on Tobruk, but I don't believe he could recover so quickly.
Not sure if that fits your timeframe but one man comes to my mind: maggiore (later tenente colonnello) Camillo Nicolini Santamaria. A highly decorated officer, in his service (both world wars, Abisynia and Spain) awarded one gold, five silver, and one bronze Medaglia al Valor Militare, four...
Great find, Jeff.
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