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|81° Meeting 2008_5_11 Bassano del Grappa (Vi)|
The Alpini, meaning "the Alpines", are the elite mountain warfare soldiers of the Italian Army. They are currently organised in two main operational brigades, which are subordinated to the Alpini Corps Command. The singular is an Alpino (an "Alpine").
Originally formed in 1872, their mission was to protect Italy's northern mountainous borders. In 1888 the Alpini were sent to their first mission abroad, in Africa, during the First Italo–Ethiopian War. They distinguished themselves during World War I when they fought against Austro-Hungarian soldiers in what has since been called the "War in snow and ice". During World War II, the Alpini fought together with Axis forces mostly on the Eastern Front being tasked to hold the front in the Don river plains.
In the 1990s, after the end of the Cold War, three of the five Alpini brigades and many support units were disbanded due to the reorganization process of the Italian Army. Currently, despite having some of the best trained and best equipped mountain troops in the world, the military role of Alpines is seen in terms of peacekeeping missions and minor disputes interventions.
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Ciao renzo !
very good POV!
they have great dresses!
I like it. It is interesting that all the men are looking in different directions. Very good colours and details.
- [2008-05-14 13:06]
Piacevole colpo d'occhio sul gruppo: l'uniformità dell'abbigliamento contrasta bene con il totale disallineamento delle teste e la diversità delle espressioni, niente a che fare con le parate militari! Ottimi nitidezza e colori.
Thanks for the interesting note! I never knew they existed. I think the photo is interesting with the unusual alpine hat and the check shirts. I only wish that more faces would not have been obstructed in view.
...nonetheless, I appreciate their different expressions, ages, etc... Lisa
Hahaha! That just looks funny.
The Italian army! Wow. I was thinking that I was looking at a school reunion in Bayern, Germany :-))). I just can't really understand the dress code, since it does not at all look warm. Or at least not like protecting against -20 degrees...
But a nicely tight composition it is. I like it!