Italian 8th Alpini Regiment Cappello -WWII Alpine Troop
Very interesting Italian mountain troop cap from the 8th Alpini regiment. As is often the case with Italian insignia, the gold bullion eagle is just a beautiful example. There is one snag to bullion that could easily be glued or tucked in. The 8th Alpini Feltre Battalion enamel pin on the side is a great item and of some solid value on its own. Because this cap is so well made it has a high wool content which unfortunately makes it a favored target of moths. There are two spots of nips (Shown in photos) which are not too disfiguring but there nonetheless. The sweatband has a chip and a few tears being fragile from age. Still looks good, though. Maker marked Canova. The Alpini units were certainly one of Italy's more solid military contributions to the war effort and fought with great skill and courage except for some instances on the Eastern Front where they were unwisely thrown in against tanks on flat ground. Lovely cap with a great look.