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WWII Italian Army Coat ?


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I found this in a large collection I am sorting.

 

Is this WWII Hungarian army?

 

If so, or if not, what is it?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Bob

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I think it is Italian.  Based on the collar insignia if you look on the attached chart it is listed under their Infantry of the Line, Training Brigade for Infantry "Acqui".  

 

 

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I found this on the Internet.  If the above listed Inf "Acqui" is this particular unit called the 33rd Mountain Infantry Division "Acqui" it has an interesting history which was made into a movie staring Nicolas Cage due to the murder of over half of the division after their defeat and capture by the Nazis.   

 

World War II

Main articles: 33rd Mountain Infantry Division "Acqui" and Massacre of the Acqui Division

In 1939 the name "Acqui" was given to the newly formed 33rd Mountain Infantry Division. After the entry of Italy into the war on 20 June 1940 the division entered France in the area of Argentera.

After the Italian invasion of Greece in October 1940 bogged down under stiff Greek resistance the "Acqui" Division was dispatched in December 1940 to Albania to augment the Italian forces under pressure by the Greek counteroffensive. The division saw heavy combat near Himarë and Vuno when the Greek army managed to break through the Italian lines after the Battle of Himara. The division participated in the Italian Spring Offensive in 1941 and in marched into Greece following the German invasion of Greece.

In May 1943 the division transferred for garrison duties to the Greek island of Cefalonia. After Italy's surrender to the Allies on 3 September 1943 the divisions commanding general Antonio Gandin was left without clear orders from his superiors. Therefore, Gandin decided to let his soldiers vote on 13 September 1943 as to what to do to next. The troops voted overwhelmingly to fight their former allies the Germans, thus the Acqui became one of the very few Italian units to actively resist the Germans. After defeating the Acqui's resistance the Germans summarily executed over half of the divisions soldiers and all of its officers during the Massacre of the Acqui Division.

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