Hello to all
; here goes another history dealing with the Axis offensive during the summer of 1942..........
On the road to disaster - to the Don and beyond. July to November 1942.
Serafimovich - August 1942.
The Armir (Armata Italiana in Russia) or 8º Italian Army was created by direct order of Mussolini against the advice of General Messe, who because of his experience gained from the CSIR told otherwise at the meeting of June 2, 1942. Messe thought the pains and difficulties experienced with 60,000 men (CSIR) was multiplied to infinity with 200,000 men (Armir), mainly due to insufficient and outdated weapons, poverty in tanks, vehicles and lack of transportation.
But the Duce replied: Dear Messe on the table of peace it weigh more these 200,000 of Armir that those 60,000 from the CSIR. The decision had been made.
The Italian Army in Russia was comprised of:
. Alpine Corps of three divisions: Julia, Trento and Cuneense
. The II Army Corps with Infantry Divisions Ravenna, Cosseria, Sforzesca, later the Vicenza
. The XXXV Army Corps (formerly CSIR) with divisions Torino, Pasubio and 3 Celere (*).
(*) 3 º Division Celere (Fast) "Principe Amedeo Duca d'Aosta".
The Commanding Officer was General Italo Gariboldi, who on June 29 at Nikolaiewka will decorate the Savoy Cavalry Regiment’s flag with the bronze medal.
The use of ARMIR in the context of the second great German offensive in the summer of 1942, known as Unternehmen “Blau” was provided for in Directive No. 41 issued by the Führer on April 5, 1942 which stated in Point II Execution of the Operations; Item C. Main Operations on the Eastern Front: To meet the ever more extensive frontage on the River Don will be engaged units of the allied countries, while German troops were concentrated between Orel and Don and to Stalingrad, maintaining German troops behind the Don Front as reserves for the attack. Allied troops will be used as follows: north Hungarians, then the Italians and Romanians to the southern sector.
Fuentes: Legione Croata Autotransportabile http://www.battlefront.co.nz/Article.asp?SectionID=2
IL BERSAGLIERE DEL 6° REGGIMENTO http://nuke.gmtmodellismo.it/Default.aspx
LA CAVALLERIA ITALIANA IN RUSSIA: SCIABOLE CONTRO MITRAGLIATRICI http://www.storiain.net/arret/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/italianis ... artic6.asphttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/italianisti/message/6248
La Milizia Volontaria Sicurezza Nazionale. La Campagna di Russia 1941-1943 (*)http://www.regioesercito.it/index.htm
Die 305. Infanterie-Division. Hauck
BERSAGLIERI SUL DON. Umberto Salvatores.
Cheers. Raúl M
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.