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Italian 1st Eritrean Division


Italian 1st Eritrean Division

The First Eritrean Division or I Division Indigeni (Native) was organized for service in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War in 1935. It was formed from the Eritrean askari of the Battalion indigeni (Native Battalions) who provided the regular colonial forces of Italian Eritrea.

Order of battle

1st Native Division - Gen. Salvatore di Pietro

  • 1st Mixed Brigade - Brig. Gen. Gallina
    • 1st Native Battalion Group
      • I "Turitto" Native Battalion
      • VI "Cossu" Native Battalion
      • XVI "Adi Caieh" Native Battalion
    • 5th Native Battalion Group
      • VII "Prestinari" Native Battalion
      • XV "Billia" Native Battalion
    • 1st Mountain Artillery Battalion (65L17)
  • 3rd Mixed Brigade - Brig. Gen. Cubeddu
    • 2nd Native Battalion Group
      • III "Galliano" Native Battalion
      • XI Native Battalion
    • VI Native Battalion Group
      • II "Hidalgo" Native Battalion
      • XIII "Roma" Native Battalion
      • XXIV Native Battalion
    • 3rd Mountain Artillery Battalion (65L17)
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