The 5. Alpini Division Pusteria was mobilized in June 1940 and took part in the invasion of France before being sent to Albania. It remained in Albania and Greece until July 1941 when it was moved to Montenegro. In August it was back in Italy and took part in the invasion of Vichy France in November. It was stationed in Grenoble until the surrender in September 1943.

This unit took part in anti-partisan operations in Croatia.

Order of battle (1943)

7. Alpini Infantry Regiment
-  Feltre Alpini Battalion
-  Pieve di Cadore Battalion
-  Belluno Battalion
11. Alpini Infantry Regiment
-  Trento Battalion
-  Bolzano Battalion
-  Bassano Battalion
5. Alpini Artillery Regiment
-  Lanzo Artillery Battalion
-  Belluno Artillery Battalion
5. Engineer Battalion
304. Medical Section
208. Motor Transport Section
11. Supply Section
106. Bakery Section

Cap of a warrant officer of the 11. Alpini Infantry Regiment
cap-it-alpini-11-warrant
(Courtesy of John Jury)

Sources used

George F. Nafziger - Italian Order of Battle: An organizational history of the Italian Army in World War II (3 vol)

Reference material on this unit

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