"In the Name of Rome" -- Mussolini, furious at not having been told of Barbarossa's launch ahead of time, wanted his share of glory in the "anti-Bolshevik crusade". He sent the 3-division CSIR (Corpo Spedizione Italiano in Russia) to join the fray. Early in August, Pasubio Division was order to advance along the Boug River in order to cutoff retreating Soviet forces. On the 11th, contact was made with the enemy. The next afternoon, the point battalion met heavy resistance at the village of Jasnaya Polyana. The situation became urgent and the remainder of the supporting company was sent forward and artillery support was requested.