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Royal Hellenic Army Order of Battle – October 1940

by Jeff Leser

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hellenic army order of battle for Greek offensive in November 1940.

The Greek counter-offensive during the Greco-Italian War (13 Nov 1940 – 7 April 1941)

1st Army Corps:

II Infantry Division (Atena)

1st, 3rd, 34th Infantry Regiments – each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
2nd Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

III Infantry Division (Patra)

6th, 12th, Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
39th Evzone Regiment
3rd Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

See also: Invasion of Greece: 28 October 1940

IV Infantry Division (Nafplion)

8th, 9th, 11th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
4rd Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

Corps Reconnaissance Group
2 Mounted Squadrons
1 MG bty with 12 guns and 2 81mm mortars.

Corps Field Artillery Regiment
-3 groups 7.5cm (3 btty of 4 guns each)

Corps artillery
2 bttys 8.5cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 10.5cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 15.5cm (4 guns each)

Corps Anti-aircraft group
1 bty 8.8cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 3.7cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 20mm (6 guns each, 1 bty truck-mounted, 1 bty truck towed, 1 bty horse-drawn)
2 btys MG with 16 St. Etienne MGs each.

Corps Engineers
Engineer Battalion
2 Signal Companies

Western Macedonian Field Army Section (WMFAS)

2nd Army Corps:

1st Infantry Division

2nd, 4th, 35th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
42nd Evzoni regiment
1st Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

infantry regiment/III Infantry Brigade

9th Infantry Division

27th, 33rd Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
9th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
1 20mm bty of 6 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

V Infantry Brigade

1 Signal Company

IXa Frontier Sector

Corps Reconnaissance Group
2 Mounted Squadrons
1 MG bty with 12 guns and 2 81mm mortars.

Corps Anti-tank Group
1 bty 3.7cm A/T guns (4 guns)
1 plt 3.7cm A/T guns (2 guns)
1 bty 13.2mm A/T guns (4 guns)

Corps Field Artillery Regiment
-3 groups 7.5cm (3 btty of 4 guns each)

Corps artillery
2 bttys 8.5cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 10.5cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 15.5cm (4 guns each)

Corps Anti-aircraft group
1 bty 8.8cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 3.7cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 20mm (6 guns each, 1 bty truck-mounted, 1 bty truck towed, 1 bty horse-drawn)
1 bty MG with 16 St. Etienne MGs each.

Corps Engineers
Engineer Battalion
2 Signal Companies

3rd Army Corps:

6th Infantry Division

19th, 21st Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
6th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

10th Infantry Division

16th, 30th, 65th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
10th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

11th Infantry Division

31st, 50th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
11th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

IV Infantry Brigade

28th, 33rd Infantry Regiments
1 Signal Company

IX, X, XI Frontier Sectors

Pindos Detachment

51st Infantry Regiment
Pack battery 7.5cm
Plt 6.5cm guns

Corps Reconnaissance Group
2 Mounted Squadrons
1 MG bty with 12 guns and 2 81mm mortars.

Corps Anti-tank Group
1 bty 13.2mm A/T guns (4 guns)

Corps Field Artillery Regiment
-3 groups 7.5cm (3 btty of 4 guns each)

Corps artillery
2 bttys 8.5cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 10.5cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 15.5cm (4 guns each)

Corps Anti-aircraft group
3 btys 8.8cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 3.7cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 20mm (6 guns each, 1 bty truck-mounted, 1 bty truck towed, 1 bty horse-drawn)
2 btys MG with 16 St. Etienne MGs each.

Corps Engineers
Engineer Battalion
2 Signal Companies

4th Army Corps:

7th Infantry Division

25th, 26th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
7th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

14th Infantry Division

37th Infantry Regiment- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
14th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

Corps Reconnaissance Group
2 Mounted Squadrons
1 MG bty with 12 guns and 2 81mm mortars.

Corps Anti-tank Group
1 bty 13.2mm A/T guns (4 guns)

Corps Field Artillery Regiment
-3 groups 7.5cm (3 btty of 4 guns each)

Corps artillery
2 bttys 8.5cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 10.5cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 15.5cm (4 guns each)

Corps Anti-aircraft group
2 bty 8.8cm (4 guns each)
2 bttys 3.7cm (4 guns each)
3 bttys 20mm (6 guns each, 1 bty truck-mounted, 1 bty truck towed, 1 bty horse-drawn)
1 bty MG with 16 St. Etienne MGs each.

Corps Engineers
Engineer Battalion
2 Signal Companies

E Army Corps:

12th Infantry Division

29th, 81st Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
12th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each – Dangli model)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

13th Infantry Division

18th, 22nd, 23rd Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
13th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each – Dangli model)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

Corps Reconnaissance Group
2 Mounted Squadrons
1 MG bty with 12 guns and 2 81mm mortars.

Corps Anti-tank Group
2 btys 13.2mm A/T guns (4 guns each)

Corps artillery
1 bty 8.5cm (4 guns)
1 bty 10.5cm (4 guns)
1 bty 6” static (4 guns)

Corps Anti-aircraft group
1 bty 3.7cm (4 guns each)
1 bty 20mm (6 guns each)
1 mixed bty (2 – 3.7cm and 2 – 20mm guns)

Corps Engineers
Engineer Battalion
2 Signal Companies

Cavalry Division

1st, 2nd Cavalry Regiments each with 4 squadrons, MG battery of 12 guns, and an 81mm mortar squadron with 4 tubes.
Mechanized Regiment with a reconnaissance squadron, 3 mechanized infantry squadrons, 1 MG bty of 12 guns, and a mortar squadron with 4 tubes.
Mounted MG unit with 3 MG btys of 12 guns each.
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Artillery Regiment
-1 motorized btty 7.5cm (Skoda model)
-1 gr horse artillery (2 btty of 4 guns each)
Antiaircraft Group
-1 bty 3.7cm
-2 btys 20mm, one truck-mounted, one truck towed.
-1 bty packhorse 20mm with 4 guns
Divisional Engineers
-1 sqd Engineers
-2 sqd Signals

Separate Divisions

V Infantry Division

14th, 43rd, 44th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
5th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies

VIII Infantry Division

10th, 15th, 24th Infantry Regiments- each with 3 battalions, mortar company (4 mortars), and a section of 6.5cm (3 guns)
42nd Evzone Regiment
8th Mountain Artillery Regiment
-2 groups 7.5cm (2 btty of 4 guns each – Skoda model)
-1 group 10.5cm (2 btty of 4 howitzers each – Skoda model)
Divisional Reconnaissance Group
-2 Mounted squadrons
-MG Plt of 4 guns
Anti-tank Group
-1 bty 3.7cm A/T guns (4 guns)
-1 bty 13.2mm A/T guns (4 guns)
Sapper Company
2 Signal Companies
Mixed Antiaircraft bty of 2 – 3.7cm and 4 20mm guns truck-mounted.

III Infantry Brigade

-HQ
– infantry regiment

Held at Hellenic Army

Heavy Artillery Regiment

1 gr 8.5cm guns (3 btys of 4 guns)
1 gr. 10.5cm guns (3 btys of 4 guns)
1 gr 15.5cm (3 btys of 4 guns)

Motorized Heavy Artillery Group

3 btys of Skoda 15cm guns (4 guns each)

Engineers

Engineer Battalion
Signal Battalion
EMFAS Signal Company
WFAS Signal Company
Group Divisions Signal Company
4 Brigade Companies – 3 with a Glavani bridge, 1 with an old Bulgarian bridge.

Sources:
Hellenic General Staff An Abridged History of the Greek-Italian and Greek-German War 1940-1941 (Land Operations) Athens 1997
Papagos, Alexander The Battle of Greece 1940-1941 Athens 1949
USSME La campagna de Grecia Roma 1980

Additional contributions by Dimitrios Papadopoulos

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