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Order of Battle R.E. Sep. 1943

jwsleser

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Maurizio

Agreed that we will never fully reconstruct the status of the R.E. on 8 September. We can reconstruct what we can and ensure that anyone using this research understands what is verified and what is conjecture. The original author put significant effort into building this OB. So far, it is mainly based on Le operazioni della unità italiane nel september-ottobre 1943. One problem is that the author tried to fil-in the gaps using structural/organizational norms without stating where he was doing this. For example, he labeled any infantry and artillery in the divisioni costiera. I know that there are many cases where regular units were assigned to the d. cos., so that isn't a good methodology. I don't know where he found the T.M. data, but he has a lot of it and it is unlikely that it is all made up. The trick will be to sort through what is fact and what is conjecture.

I have also discovered that at times he mixed the OB with tactical organizations (i.e. units temporarily attached for a specific task). I am trying to sort that out as well.

The USSME has published quite a few new books in th exact 20 years, some that touch directly on the topic of the T.M. and costal artillery. These will not have all the information, but we can slowly build the OB with these sources.

Contribute if you will. Sit back and enjoy if you wish. All I can ask is while conducting your own research you read a interesting bit that can help piece together the puzzle, share it here.

Pista! Jeff
 
Jeff
.....I have also discovered that at times he mixed the OB with tactical organizations (i.e. units temporarily attached for a specific task). I am trying to sort that out as well.......absolutely right......
All the best
Maurizio
 

DrG

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This map shows the high commands of the Regio Esercito on 8 Sept. 1943. Its quality is poor, especially if compared to the excellent maps provided by Jeff, but I think it can be useful for a general view. It comes from "Il Regio Esercito alla vigilia dell'8 settembre 1943" by Filippo Cappellano and Nicola Pignato.

Italia-Balcani 8-IX-1943.jpg
 
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