Alpini

Alpini

The elite group of Italian soldiers known as Alpini (Alpines in English) formed in 1872 and are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world.  Their mission was to protect Italy’s northern mountain border with Austria and France. Africa was their first mission abroad (which ...

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Alpini Badge

A new badge  was introduced in 1880 to replace the five-pointed star.  This badge, still made of metal, was now to be a low flying eagle upon a horn with the soldiers’ regiment number on it. The horn sat atop two ...

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Alpini Nappina

As well as the new style badge, the  “nappina” was also introduced in 1880.  This wool pompom (initially red in colour) was attached to the side of the hat with the Battalion number embroidered on it. The Officers had a silver ...

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Alpini Hat

You can distnguish the Alpini soldiers due to their hats which are called “a la calabrese” (an English businessman style hat). The hat is the shape of an iscoceles triangle on its side and is made of felt. There are ...

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