135. Armored Division Ariete II (135. Divisione Corazzata Ariete II) was formed in Italy after 132. Armored Division Ariete was destroyed in Africa. After the armistice in September 1943 it fought the German forces, primarily 3. Panzergrenadier-Division, near Rome as part of the Corpo d'Armata Motocorazzato (CAM) before surrendering.


General Raffaele Cadorna

Order of battle

10. Vittorio Emanuele II Armored Regiment
-  Motorized HQ Company
-  7. Armored Battalion (M15 tanks)
-  8. Armored Battalion (M15 tanks)
-  Self Propelled Artillery Battalion
16. Cavalleggeri di Lucca Motorized Cavalry Regiment
-  2 x Motorized Infantry Battalion
-  Motorcycle Battalion
-  Self Propelled Artillery Battalion
8. Reparto Explorante Corazzato Armored Car Regiment
-   2 x Self Propelled Artillery Battalion
-  Armored Car Battalion
134. Motorized Engineer Battalion
235. Motorized Artillery Regiment
-  Motorized Artillery Battalion
-  2 x Self Propelled Artillery Battalion
135. Motorized Artillery Regiment
-  4 x Motorized Artillery Battalion
138. Self Propelled Artillery Battalion

Sources used

George F. Nafziger - Italian Order of Battle: An organizational history of the Italian Army in World War II (3 vol)
John Joseph Timothy Sweet - Iron Arm: The Mechanization of Mussolini's Army, 1920-1940

Reference material on this unit

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