Order of Battle of the Italian 55th Infantry Division Savona – November 1941

The Savona division had been in North Africa since the start of the war. It was brought forward to help defend Tripolitania after Operation COMPASS, and then placed in the border defense position during late summer 1941. There it stayed until it had to surrender to 2nd South African Division on 17 January 1942, when it had run out of food and water. Its commander, General Fedele de Giorgis, was awarded the Ritterkreuz for the defense according to German records, but I have not been able to verify this. He survived the war and later became commander of the Corps of Carabinieri in Italy.

I would be interested in comments and corrections, and also further information on the coastal defense guns.
This order of battle is based on German records, and is likely to not be 100% accurate.

55th Infantry Division Savona (A.S. 40 Type)

Divisional Command

Vehicle Company

Infantry Command

Three platoons 4.7cm anti-tank guns

1 platoon 2cm anti-aircraft machine guns

15th Infantry Regiment

Staff

One 81mm mortar company (6 mortars)

Three battalions (2nd battalion in Bardia)

Each battalion staff, three rifle companies with 12 light MGs each, and one support company with 18 4.5cm mortars and 8 anti-tank rifles.

16th Infantry Regiment

As 15th Regiment, 2nd battalion also in Bardia.

Additionally one 6.5cm infantry gun company with 5 guns.

Armour

Light tank company with 13 L33 tanks (sunk on transport)

Artillery Command

12th Artillery Regiment

1st battalion (10cm howitzers) 1st and 2nd batteries (4/5 howitzers, respectively) sunk; 3rd battery of 4 howitzers in Naples.

2nd battalion (10.5cm guns), 3 batteries of four guns each 3rd battery in Naples

3rd battalion (7.5cm guns), 1st battery 6 guns, 2nd and 3rd 4 guns.

8th independent battery with 2 coastal defense guns of unknown calibre

27th independent battery with 6 coastal defense guns of unknown calibre

503rd and 504th independent battery with 8 coastal defense guns each of unknown calibre

55th Field Replacement Battalion with two companies (in Naples)

255th anti-tank battalion with 8 3.7cm and 4 4.7cm anti-tank guns

Pioneer and Signals Troops

127th Mixed Radio and Telephone Company

55th Specialist Engineers

Further signals troops in Naples

Administration Services

27th Bakery Detachment (motorised)

Motorised V.A. Detachment

Supply Columns

155th Mixed Supply Column (motorised)

Medical Services

45th Field Medical Detachment

Military Police

75th Carabinieri Detachment (motorised)

Field Postal Service

55th Field Postal Detachment (motorised)