Russian Front - Fronte Russo
Various objects that belonged to the Regio Esercito, found in Russia. The helmet on the right probably belonged to the 54th Infantry Regiment of the Sforzesca Division, the one on the left is the infantry of the Alpini, found in the positions where the Alpina Division Julia was. The ice axes and mountain tools were found in Divisione Julia's positions, One is of Italian origin, used since the First World War. The ice ax is Italian or German, the pick, probably was Austro-Hungarian, a military or commercial alpine tool. This latter could have been material captured by the Italians during the First War and reused; Or it could also have been used in Russia by the Hungarian troops, since they shared with the Italians the same front of the Don River. The huge Italian mess-kit has a name, and the search is on for the veteran's relatives to give it to them
Eastern Front WWII Italian Alpini m33 Helmet Feather Holder, (Nappina Metallica) Relic found in Russia.
Italian religious medals found in Russia. These medals are from "The Madoninna del Duomo from Milano". This virgin was the protector of the Italian armed forces during WWII. These medals were given by chaplains to the soldiers. They were either used next to the dog tags or as a bracelet. The medals were returned to the soldier's family in Italy along with the dog tag.
Recognition tag, commonly known as "Military Dog Tag". It had belonged to an Alpino soldier, born in 1921, and dead at 21 years old, in the Popovka combat between December 1942 and January 1943. He had belonged to the "Aquila Battalion",the same one from Julia Division that had already survived in Greece. The piastrina, as it is said in Italian, has been returned by the webmaster of this website to his relatives in Castelvecchio, province of L'Aquila together with the religious medals.
3rd Alpine Division Julia; Metal Arm Badge found in Russia.
Alpini stellette (Collar Officer and Troops stars) found in Russia.
Regio Esercito pair of collar stars for officers in relic state, found in Russia.
Autocarreta OM Logo.
Piccozze; Alpini mountain tools found in Russia.
Italian Alpini, Mule Front Steel horseshoe. (Eastern Front)
Italian radio station plaque "Centralino telefonico a chavia commutazione circolare a 6 lienee" and Motocarro (Motocycle + wagon), Benelli battlefield relics fron East Front, Divisione Celere Positions.
54th Regiment (Divisione Sforzesca) and Alpini M33 (Divisione Julia) Helmets. East Front Relics.
M33 feather holder in relic state. probably belonged to the 6th Bersaglieri Regiment (Div Celere)
This is an M33 that has remnants of the stencil, 54th Regiment (Divisione Sforzesca) , but has a bersaglieri leather holder. It is mysterious as to why it is there. The rust has it fused to the helmet.
M33 helmet belonging to Alpini Infantry Regiment 9, Julia Division. The identification tag belonged to an NCO, head of mortar section. He was injured in the Christmas battle against the Don River and was able to return to Italy. The identification tag was delivered to the family through the Alpini Vaccarelli del L'Aquila Group.
Food container "Cassa di Cottura". Found in Russia where the Divisione Julia was positioned, in front of the Don River (Voronezh).
WW2 Italian Mess Kit Gavetta di Rancio. 2nd Alpine Division Tridentina (Divisione Tridentina). Battle of Nikolayevka January 1943, (Battaglia di Nikolaevka). This item was returned to the grandson of the soldier in Italy by this page's Webmaster.