Deployment of Axis Minors forces 1942

Italian infantry with the old pith helmet

Italian infantry with the old pith helmet advances during the fighting in 1942 in the Western desert.

Deployment of the armed forces of the Axis Minors (Italy, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia) by theaters of war in summer 1942.

Italian, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Slovakian distribution of forces after theaters of war in summer (June-July) 1942 according to nominal (paper) strengths.

Kingdom Italy FlagITALY

Italian Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry, Mountain, Airborne and Black Shirt divisions Motorized Infantry, Mobile and partly motorized African divisions Armoured
Commando Supremo Africa 1 6 2
8th Army (Expeditionary Forces in Russia) 6 -
in transfer to 8th Army in Russia 3 1
Northern Italy c.19 1
Central and Southern Italy c.23 -
Sardinia, Corsica c.9 -
Balkans, Croatia, Greece c.29 1 1
TOTAL 90 9 3
Italian Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
Commando Supremo Africa 28,729 124+ ? 1,668 96 ?
8th Army (Expeditionary Forces in Russia) 49,506 ? ? 1,656 1,044 ?
in transfer to 8th Army in Russia 29,414 ? ? 960 582 ?
Northern Italy 162,693 ? ? 5,316 3,250 ?
Central and Southern Italy 189,773 ? ? 6,348 4,002 ?
Sardinia, Corsica 74,259 ? ? 2,484 1,566 ?
Balkans, Croatia, Greece 247,030 ? ? 8,208 4,999 ?
TOTAL 781,404 124+ ? 26,640 15,539 ?
Italian Motor Vehicles and Artillery
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Field guns AT guns AA guns
Commando Supremo Africa 310 182 ? 4,200 (?) 280 646 144
8th Army (Expeditionary Forces in Russia) - - ? 516 216 144 48
in transfer to 8th Army in Russia 46 - ? 476 144 88 32
Northern Italy 46 - ? 1,766 708 448 152
Central and Southern Italy - - ? 1,978 828 552 184
Sardinia, Corsica - - ? 774 324 216 72
Balkans, Croatia, Greece 190 41 ? 2,844 1,118 691 258
TOTAL 592 223 ? 12,554 3,618 2,785 890

flag finlandFINLAND

Finnish Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry Motorized Infantry, Cavalry Armoured
South-Eastern Army 7 -
Karelian Army 5 1
Lapland (German AOK Norway) 2 -
Reserves 2 -
TOTAL 16 1
Finnish Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
South-Eastern Army c.70,000 ? 1,750 812 126 ?
Karelian Army c.60,000 ? 1,500 736 114 ?
Lapland (German AOK Norway) c.20,000 ? 500 232 36 ?
Reserves c.20,000 ? 500 232 36 ?
TOTAL 170,000 ? 4,250 2,012 312 ?
Finnish Motor Vehicles and Artillery
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Feld guns AT guns AA guns
South-Eastern Army - ? - 252 70
Karelian Army c.150 - ? c.400 204 c.60
Lapland (German AOK Norway) - - ? - 72 20
Reserves - - ? - 72 20
TOTAL 150 - ? 400 600 170

flag Romania WW2ROMANIA

Romanian Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry, Mountain Motorized Infantry, Cavalry Armoured
with German Army-Group South, Russia 9 3
in transfer to Army Group South 9 4 1
inside Romania 15 -
TOTAL 33 7 1
Romanian Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
with German Army-Group South, Russia c.84,000 ? - c.1,050 c.210 ?
in transfer to Army Group South c.92,000 ? - c.1,150 c.230 ?
inside Romania c.120,000 ? - c.1,500 c.300 ?
TOTAL 296,000 ? - 3,700 740 ?
Romanian Motor Vehicles and Artillery
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Feld guns AT guns AA guns
with German Army-Group South, Russia - - total c.400 Skoda c.100 350 261
in transfer to Army Group South c.150 - - - 386 318
inside Romania - - - - 360 450
TOTAL 150 - 400 100 1,096 1,029

HUNGARY

Hungarian Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry, Mountain Motorized Infantry, Cavalry Armoured
with German Army-Group South, Russia 7 - 1
in transfer to Army Group South 2 -
with German Army-Group Center, Russia 1 -
inside Hungary 9 -
TOTAL 19 - 1
Hungarian Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
with German Army-Group South, Russia c.75,000 ? ? c.1,150 c.220 266
in transfer to Army Group South c.20,000 ? ? c.300 c.230 76
with German Army-Group Center, Russia c.10,000 ? ? c.150 c.30 38
inside Hungary c.90,000 ? ? c.1.350 c.270 342
TOTAL 195,000 ? - 2,950 750 722
Hungarian Motor Vehicles and Artillery
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Feld guns AT guns AA guns
with German Army-Group South, Russia 107 24 - ca. 200 168 c.300
in transfer to Army Group South - - - - 48 80
with German Army-Group Center, Russia - - - - 24 40
in Hungary - - - - 216 360
TOTAL 107 24 - 200 456 780

Flag BulgariaBULGARIA

Hungarian Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry, Mountain Motorized Infantry, Cavalry Armoured
5th Army at South-East Serbia 3 -
5th Army at Macedonia 3 1
I Occupation Corps 7 -
inside Bulgaria 8 1 1
TOTAL 21 2 1
Bulgarian Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
5th Army at South-East Serbia c.12,000 ? ? c.300 c.30 ?
5th Army at Macedonia c.16,000 ? ? c.350 c.35 ?
I Occupation Corps c.28.000 ? ? c.700 c.70 ?
inside Bulgaria c.36,000 ? ? c.900 c.90 ?
TOTAL 92,000 ? - 2,250 225 ?
Bulgarian Motor Vehicles and Artillery
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Feld guns AT guns AA guns
5th Army at South-East Serbia . - - - c.72 c.30
5th Army at Macedonia - - - - c.84 c.35
I Occupation Corps - - - - c.168 c.70
inside Bulgaria 121 - - c.100 c.216 c.90
TOTAL 121 - - 100 540 225

Flag Slovakia WW2SLOVAKIA

Slovak Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Infantry, Mountain Motorized Infantry, Cavalry Armoured
with German Army-Group South, Russia - 1
inside Slovakia 2 -
TOTAL 2 1
Slovak Infantry
Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
with German Army-Group South, Russia c.7,000 ? ? c.200 c.50 ?
inside Slovakia c.20,000 ? ? c.400 c.100 ?
TOTAL 27,000 ? ? 600 150 ?
Slovak Motor Vehicles and Artillery
with German Army-Group South, Russia c.20 - - 695 27 c.30
inside Slovakia - - - - 54 c.60
TOTAL 20 - - 695 81 90

Deployment of the Air Forces

The strength of the aircraft for the Regia Aeronautica dates from October-November 1942.

Strength of Regia Aeronautica
Theaters of War Fighters Fighter-bombers light Bombers Medium Bombers
Italian Mainland 264 - 20 209
Sicily 184 - - 84
Sardinia 33 - - 72
Libya c.210 c.150 c.25 c.60
Aegean 46 - - 41
Greece 81 - -
Albania 15 - - 17
Slovenia, Dalmatia - - - 17
Russia 40 - -
TOTAL 873 150 45 500
all other Axis Minor Air Forces
Theaters of War Fighters Fighter-bombers light Bombers Medium Bombers
Finland c.200 - c.50 c.50
Romanian, Eastern Front c.80 - c.25 c.70
inside Romania c.80 - - c.100
Hungary, Eastern Front c.50 - - c.50
inside Hungary c.40 - - c.60
Bulgaria c.150 - c.30 c.30
Slovakia, Eastern Front c.20 - c.10
TOTAL 620 - 115 360

Deployment of Navies

Strength of Axis Minors
Theaters of War Battleships Heavy Cruisers Light Cruisers Destroyers Torpedo boats MTBs Subs Merchant Fleet
Regia Navale (Italy, Mediterranean) 6 (+1 under long-time repair) 4 c.12 c.45 c.60 ? c.90 c.483 (c.1.481m t)
Finland (Baltic) - - 1 (armoured coastal defence vessel) - - c.7 5 432 (all sizes)
Romania (Black Sea) - - - 7 - c.6 3 35
Bulgaria (Black Sea) - - - - 4 c.10 - 14
TOTAL 7 (1 under repair) 4 c.13 c.52 c.64 23+ c.98 c.2 m t
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