WWII 59th Mountain Infantry Division Cagliari Medal
WWII 59th Mountain Infantry Division CagliariMedal - Bronze, very crisp detail, 32 mm, five-sided tri-colour folded ribbon, dark residue on the reverse, very fine. Footnote: The 59 Mountain Infantry Division Cagliari was an infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. As part of the Italian I Corps, the Cagliari participated in the Italian invasion of France in June 1940. It remained in France until September, when it returned home to Italy. In January 1941, it was sent to Albania and then joined the Italian Corps for the Greco-Italian War. It remained in Greece as an occupation force until the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943. Mountain divisions are not to be confused with the "Alpini" specialized mountain troops. The mountain divisions had pack horse artillery instead of the usual towed type. Garrisoned in Vercelli, the division was made up almost entirely of men from northern Piedmont, especially from Vercelli and Ivrea.