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Medal of the 63rd Infantry Division ‘Cirene’ (Medaglia 63ª Divisione di Fanteria ‘Cirene’), 1937-1941
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Medal of the 63rd Infantry Division ‘Cirene’ (Medaglia 63ª Divisione di Fanteria ‘Cirene’), 1937-1941
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Circular bronze medal with integral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a camel on a sand dune facing right, his driver seated on the dune, palm trees to the left, two military trucks traversing to the right, hills beyond; the reverse with an eagle perched on a fasces, wings outstretched, imposed on a map of the Libyan coast with Bengasi marked centrally, circumscribed above ‘DIVISIONE CIRENE 63A’ and ‘FATTI E NON PAROLE’ (Facts not Words); on an old incorrect ribbon (the correct ribbon is red and blue halves).

The 63rd Infantry Division was formed on 1 October 1937 at Bengazi.  When Italy entered into World War II on 10 June 1940 it was at al Adam in the east of Libya and moved to the Egyptian border that August, invading Egypt on 9 September and advancing to Sidi Barrani where it dug in.  It withdrew in December 1940 under British and Australian attack which continued, ending in Italian defeat and surrender on 5 January 1941 at the Battle of Bardia.

See: Casolari SD200.

 
Medal of the 63rd Infantry Division ‘Cirene’ (Medaglia 63ª Divisione di Fanteria ‘Cirene’), 1937-1941
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Medal of the 63rd Infantry Division ‘Cirene’ (Medaglia 63ª Divisione di Fanteria ‘Cirene’), 1937-1941
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Medal of the 63rd Infantry Division ‘Cirene’ (Medaglia 63ª Divisione di Fanteria ‘Cirene’), 1937-1941
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