Military Uniforms and History

Today I would like to direct you to a terrific website which is in English, and tells the story of the Italian military from 1861 when the Italian army was first formed to today.

http://www.esercito.difesa.it/en/History/

It has stories and photos of the birth of the Italian Army and of major battles fought in Africa, Italy and other parts of the world such as El Alemain and Monte Lungo.  It is an amazing source of information about a war seen from a different perspective than we usually see.

It shows uniforms, helmets, insignia, and patches that are no longer in use.  http://www.esercito.difesa.it/en/History/Pagine/Raggruppamento-Schede.aspx?categoria=9ee0766d-9ea7-442d-9c07-4d7fb6e66d8e&annoi=&annof=&mode=detail

I have also received many requests recently for copies of ‘foglio matricolare’ (military record sheets) for your Italian ancestors.  For ancestors born after 1877 in the Province of Frosinone they are usually available.  Other archives may have different ‘start’ dates.  Here is the link to the on line list of ‘foglio matricolare’ available in Frosinone.

http://www.archiviodistatofrosinone.beniculturali.it/index.php?it/176/anni-registri-matricolari 

 

I have also seen many message board postings from persons trying to identify military uniforms from old family photos. The adjacent photos are of WW1 uniforms.

http://www.esercito.difesa.it/en/History/Pagine/Uniforms-no-longer-in-use.aspx

I hope you will be able to add content and depth to your family tree using this resource.

 

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One Response to “Military Uniforms and History”
  1. jillzrz says:

    Fantastic post – thank you!!
    Still going to get round to messaging you for genealogy
    Very best wishes
    Jill

    Sent from my iPhone

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