"Arditi - The Daring Ones".
With grenades in hand and daggers in their teeth, the ferocious men of the Royal Italian Army's "Arditi" Corps hold a special place in Italian military historyrRight alongside Caesar's Legions, and Garibaldi's Legions
Formed in 1917 as contemporaries of the infamous German "sturmtruppen" ("stormtroopers") of the First World War, the Arditi served as the Kingdom of Italy's elite shock troops. Unlike their heavily armed trench raiding contemporaries, they were primarily utilized a light assortment of grenades and daggers for maximum speed and aggression. The tactics proved extremely effective in the confined quarters of trench warfare, and gained the corps a legendary status in Italian military history. The Arditi would be again remobilized, fighting on both sides of the splintered Italian Army after 1943 during the Second World War. In memory of these early shock troops, operators of the modern Italian Army's 9th Paratroopers Assault Regiment ("Colonel Moschin") and the Italian Commando Frogmen carry Arditi colours and battle honours.
Patch features the Ariditi motto "O la vittoria, o tutti accoppati", which translates to "We either win, or we all die", in addition to a stylized representation of the Arditi crest.
Produced in the standard 3x2" size with hook velcro backing, similar in specification to milspec unit patches.
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