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Giuseppe Pafundi: Generale Designato d’armata

by Valdis Kursietis

The following information provides a snapshot of the career of Generale Designato d’armata Giuseppe Pafundi.

Generale Designato d’armata Giuseppe Pafundi.

Generale Designato d’armata Giuseppe Pafundi.

Born: 4 December 1883.
Died:

Promotions

Sottotenente: 5 September 1904
Tenente: 5 September 1907
Capitano:
Maggiore:
Tenente colonnello: 1 November 1917
Colonnello: 13 June 1926
Generale di brigata: 6 September 1934
Generale di divisione: October 1937
Generale di corpo d’armata: 1 January 1940
Generale designato d’armata:

Assignments

6 September 1934 – 16 September 1934: assigned to Army Corps of Firenze for Special Duties
16 September 1934 – 30 November 1935: Commanding Officer, 20th Infantry Brigade
30 November 1935 – 1 Oct 1936: Chief of Staff, Designated Army of Bologna
1 Oct 1936 – 9 September 1937: assigned to Ministry of War (General Staff Headquarters) for Special Duties
9 September 1937 – 27 April 1939: General Officer Commanding, 25th Infantry Divisione “Volturno”
27 April 1939 – 15 February 1940: General Officer Commanding, 25th Infantry Divisione “Bologna”
15 February 1940 – 1 March 1940: assigned to Ministry of War for Special Duties
1 March 1940 – 15 October 1940: General Officer Commanding, XVII Army Corps
15 October 1940 – 1 March 1941: General Officer Commanding, Armoured Corps
1 March 1941 – 21 October 1942: General Officer Commanding, VIII Army Corps
24 October 1942 – 15 December 1942: at disposition of Ministry of War for Special Duties
15 December 1942: Transferred to the reserve

Awards & Decorations

Ufficiale dell’Ordine Militare di Savoia: 1 August 1941
Commendatore dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 19 December 1940
Commendatore dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 19 December 1940
Ufficiale dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 14 January 1938
Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 5 September 1923
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dei SS. Maurizio e Lazzaro: 29 January 1922
Cavaliere dell’Ordine Coloniale della Stella d’Italia: 16 July 1936
Medaglia d’argento al valor militare
Medaglia di bronzo al valor militare

Additional Notes

Giuseppe Pafundi graduated from the Military Academy of Modena on 5 September 1904. Pafundi was relieved of his command of the VIII Army Corps on 24 October 1942 after a heated conversation with the Chief of the General Staff, Marshal Ugo Cavallero, in which he refused to go to Egypt to take command of the X Army Corps after the death of General Ferrari Orsi.

Sources:
Bollettino ufficiale delle nomine, promozioni e destinazioni negli ufficiali e sottufficiali del R. esercito italiano
e nel personale dell’amministrazione militare
Annuario militare del Regno d’Italia
Automazione Gazzeta Ufficiale Storica
La Stampa
Wikipedia
Gli Ordini Militare e Civile di Savoia

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