The 17. Semi-Motorized Division Pavia was formed in October 1939 and was in Libya when the war broke out. After initial reverses against the British forces in the Pavia division fought well in North Africa. It suffered heavy losses at El Alamein where it was almost completly destroyed.

Order of battle (1941)

27. Pavia Infantry Regiment
28. Pavia Infantry Regiment
26. Rubicone Artillery Regiment
77. AA Battalion
17. Mixed Engineer Battalion
21. Medical Section
207. Motor Transport Section
71. Field Bakery
679. Carabinieri Section
54. Field Post Office

Erwin Rommel visiting the Pavia division in January 1942
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Sources used

George F. Nafziger - Italian Order of Battle: An organizational history of the Italian Army in World War II (3 vol)
Rex Tyre - Mussolini's Afrika Korps: The Italian Army in North Africa 1940-1943

Reference material on this unit

Mario Berdondini - La Divisione Pavia in Africa settentrionale

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