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15th Infantry Division Bergamo

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Active  1939–1943
Size  Division
Type  Infantry
Nickname(s)  Bergamo
15th Infantry Division Bergamo
Country  Regno d'Italia Kingdom of Italy
Branch  Regio Esercito Royal Italian Army

The 15th Infantry Division Bergamo was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. It was formed 24 May 1939 in Opatija.


Initial deployment

From the 10 June 1940, the Bergamo division was assigned to border guard duty in Rijeka-Brešca(near Matulji)-Klana sector. The Bergamo division was part of the Italian V Corps that took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia. 6 April 1941, Bergamo division has received orders to advance. By 11 April 1941, it broken through Yugoslavian defences at Veli Vrh summit near Drenova, Rijeka, and captured the Kastav the same day. By 12 April 1941 it has reached the Bakar, continuing to advance to the south. 16 April 1941, the Bergamo division has captured Žuta Lokva village. After the invasion it was stationed in Dalmatia, in particular in city of Makarska, towns of Livno, Sinj, Ljubuški, Imotski and on the Brač island.

Fighting the partisans

From the 22 July 1941 to 25 July 1941, the Bergamo division has fought the Yugoslavian partisans near the town of Drvar. Another large surge of fighting with partisans trying to infiltrate Croatia has happened from the 9 October 1941 to 9 November 1941, across Croatian-Yugoslavian border. Afterward, the main duties of Bergamo has become the coastal defence, protection of roads and peacekeeping between the Yugoslavian and Croatian communities. In June,1942, it has suppressed a major revolt in Lika region. The Bergamo Division took part in Operation Alba which was an anti Partisan operations in Croatia carried out on the 12 August to the 2 September 1942, to destroy partisan groups in the Biokovo area 40 to 50 kilometres east of Split. Italian forces burned down 10 villages and killed and arrested several hundred people. In 1943, increasingly bloody skirmishes with partisans were fought until 8 September 1943.

The defeat

After the Italian surrender in September 1943, it resisted the German forces but was defeated and some of the division's officers were executed by order of the German XV Mountain Corps, others evaded capture and joined the Yugoslav Partisans.

XV Mountain Corps war diary

Daily Report from Commander in Chief Southeast (Army Group F)

9/27/1943, Banja Luka - 0700 hours SS Division and 92d Motorized Regiment approached Split. 0800 hours reached northern edge of Split. 0900 hours city and port of Split occupied against local resistance. 202 Italian officers and 9000 men captured. Italian officers are to be shot to death according to Fuehrer orders. Commanding General has caused investigation to ascertain guilty officers. 9/28/1943, :At Split 300 Italian officers and 9000 men of the "Bergamo" Division were taken prisoners. Treatment in compliance with Fuehrer order has been initiated. 9/30/1943, Banja Luka - Three generals in Split shot to death by virtue of summary court martial. 10/1/1943, Banja Luka - 45 additional guilty officers (Italian) shot to death by virtue of summary court martial in Split.


General Pietro Belletti

Order of battle

  • 25. Bergamo Infantry Regiment
  • 26. Bergamo Infantry Regiment
  • 4. Carnaro Artillery Regiment
  • 89. CCNN Legion (Blackshirts)
  • 15. Mortar Battalion
  • 15. Anti-Tank
  • 15. Signal Company
  • 36. Pioneer Company
  • 19. Medical Section
  • 131. Field Hospital
  • 132. Field Hospital
  • 116. Supply Section
  • 22. Motor Transport Section
  • References

    15th Infantry Division Bergamo Wikipedia