Italian 1940 Mobile (Celere) Division
|Div HQ||Comd in Fiat staff car (C3), Signals Vehicle (C3), AA (S3) in truck, or towed
| Cavalry Regt x 2
||Comd + MMG (CS2), 4 Cavalry (F4)|
|Bersaglieri RHQ||Comd + 47mm Atk + 81mm Mortar (CS3)|
|Bersaglieri Bn x up to 3||Comd + MMG + Truck (CS3), 3 Rifles (F3) everyone fits in the truck!
|Light Tank Gp||HQ tank (C3), 3-5 CV33 or M11 Carro Armati (@F3)|
|Bersaglieri M/C Coy
||2 Motorcycles (@R1), HMG Motorcycle (R1)|
|Anti-Tank Company||47mm Anti-tank gun may be Semovente L/40 da 47/32 (S3) + Limber (L3)|
|Arty Regt||Comd (C1), FOO (O1), 100mm Howitzer (S3) + limber (L3), 75mm Howitzer (S3) + limber (L3)|
| Engineer Coy
||2 Engineers (@E1), Truck (L3) with optional Bridging Trailer (L3)
Celere Divisions were assentially cavalry divisions that had been mechanised. The Bersaglieri were some of Italy’s best troops, and would rate as being regular or veteran. They are in the foreground of the picture above. From somewhere, the armoured group has been able to acquire a Semovente SP artillery piece for the artillery regiment. Perhaps in compensation, the cavalry regiment is nowhere to be seen.
J. Ellis cites in Russia : 3rd (Principe Amedeo Duca d’Aosta)(Jul’41-Jan’43) Celere Division. Perhaps that accounts for the rather splendid coachwork on the Signals Van in the Divisional HQ.
It fought in Army Group South (Later Army Group B) as part of 8th Italian Army. Mostly being destroyed and withdrawn to Italy after the battles that cut off Stalingrad.
Wickipedia gives the following Celere divisions:
- 1 Cavalry Division Eugenio di Savoia (Yugoslavia, Yugoslavian occupation)
- 2 Cavalry Division Emanuele Filiberto (Yugoslavia, Yugoslavian occupation)
- 3 Cavalry Division Amedeo Duca d’Aosta (Yugoslavia, USSR)
Command Fiat staff car, 1 Signals Vehicle, AA (truck, or towed), 1 HMG Motorcycle, 6-7 Command stands (of which, 1 may be cavalry), 1 FOO, 14-20 Rifle stands (of which, 4 may be cavalry), 4-5 MMGs (of which, 2 may be cavalry), 2 47mm Atk guns, 1 81mm Mortar, 2 Motorcycles, 1 HMG Motorcycle, 4-8 Trucks, 1 Ammo Truck, 1 Workshop Truck, 1 Fuel bowser, 1 HQ tank , 2-5 Tanks (CV33 or M11 Carro Armati), 1 100mm Howitzer, 1 75mm Howitzer, 3 Artillery Limbers, 2 Engineer stands, 0-1 Trailer.