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The Italians have mainly supplied the Axis forces in
Libya with infantry and motorized units, but they have
also employed two armored divisions.
b. Armored, or "Corazzata", Division
The Italian armored division at war strength is
composed of 4,858 officers and men using 1,534 motor
vehicles, 138 medium tanks. The organization is—
1 Bersaglieri regiment (2 motorcycle battalions).5
1 antitank battery of 47/32-mm AT guns (Mtz).
1 tank regiment of—
4 battalions of light tanks (eventually medium);
1 battalion of medium tanks (eventually heavy).
1 artillery regiment of—
2 battalions of 75/27-guns, tractor-drawn.
2 20-mm antiaircraft batteries (Mtz).
1 mixed engineer company (engineers and signals).
1 medical company,
1 commissary company,
1 gasoline and oil supply platoon.
c. Artillery Regiment
The artillery regiment in the Italian armored, or corazzata,
division consists of—
2 battalions of 75/27-mm guns (tractor-drawn) each
with 12 guns and 6 machine guns.
Each battalion is composed of a headquarters, headquarters
battery, three firing batteries, and a combat train.
The war strength of the regiment is 55 officers and 1,180