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158th Infantry Division Zara
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158th Infantry Division Zara Insignia
Active 1942–1943
Country Italy
Branch Italian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Zara
Engagements World War II

The 158th Infantry Division Zara was a regular infantry division of the Italian Army during World War II. The Zara Division formed in March 1942, was a garrison division stationed on the Dalmatian coast. It surrendered to the Germans after the Italian surrender to the Allies in September 1943.[1]

Order of battle[edit]

  • 291. Zara Infantry Regiment
  • 282. Zara Infantry Regiment
  • 158. Artillery Regiment
  • 107. CCNN Legion
  • 320. Engineer Battalion
  • Medical Section
  • Supply Section
  • Carabinieri Section [nb 1][1]


The names of 5 men attached to the Zara Division can be found in the CROWCASS List established by the Anglo-American Allies of the individuals wanted by Yugoslavia for war crimes:

  • (Name) BADINI Andrea - (C.R. File Number) 255507 - (Rank, Occupation, Unit, Place and Date of Crime) Major, 291. Inf.Regt. Zara Div., Kistanje (Yugo.) 42 - (Reason wanted) Brutality - (Wanted by) Yugo. [3]
  • DAMIANI DE VERGADA Pietro (circa '13) - 259168 - Cmdt., 291 Regt. of the Zara Div., Kistanje, Piramatovci, Banja (Yugo.) 17.8.42, 3.43, 22.4.43 - Misc. Crimes - Yugo. [4]
  • FLAVONI Giulio - 255135 - Major, Army, Zara-Div., 291 Rgt., Kistanje (Yugo.) 42 - Brutality - Yugo. [5]
  • SENATORE Aldo - 191101 - Major, Ital. Army, Commander of Inf. Div. Zara, Sibenik (Yugo.) 41-43 - Murder - Yugo. [6]
  • VIALE Carlo - 191138 - General, Ital. Army, Com. of "Zara"-Div., Sibenik (Yugo.) 41-43 - Murder - Yugo. [7]


  1. ^ An Italian Infantry Division normally consisted of two Infantry Regiments (three Battalions each), an Artillery Regiment, a Mortar Battalion (two companies), an Anti Tank Company, a Blackshirt Legion of two Battalions was sometimes attached. Each Division had only about 7,000 men, The Infantry and Artillery Regiments contained 1,650 men, the Blackshirt Legion 1,200, each company 150 men.[2]
  1. ^ a b Marcus Wendal. "Italian Army". Axis History. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ Paoletti, p 170
  3. ^ The Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects, Consolidated Wanted Lists (1947), Naval & University Press, Uckfield 2005; Part 2 - Non-Germans only, p. 57 (facsimile of the original document at the National Archives in Kew/London).
  4. ^ Ibid., p. 61
  5. ^ Ibid., p. 63
  6. ^ Ibid., p. 72
  7. ^ Ibid., p. 74
  • Paoletti, Ciro (2008). A Military History of Italy. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-275-98505-9. 
  • Jowett, Phillip. The Italian Army 1040-45 (3): Italy 1943-45. Osprey Publishing, Westminster. ISBN 978-1-85532-866-2. 


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