The elite Alpini mountain warfare units of the modern Italian army trace their lineage back to 1872, certainly the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. During World War I, the Italian Front became infamously known as the "War of Cold and Ice" as Austrian Kaiserjagers and German Alpenkorps both clashed with Italian Alpini in fierce tunnel warfare along the Dolomite mountains. Today units of Alpini are still seen operating during defensive training along the northern border of Italy as well as ongoing peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.
Top-quality Italian army insignia.
These badges are designed for placement on the shoulder boards of an Italian Army Alpini Troop Medic. Red and green, with silver stars. Each is metal with a tough enamel inlay for long-wearing durability. A cool collectible for eye-catching display, seldom seen outside of Italy military circles. Gently used in the field, so each pair is sure to have a uniqueness all its own.
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