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Italian Flag

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Large Italian flag with green, white and red vertical panels of equal size defaced with the Savoyan coat of arms, a red shield with white cross bordered with blue. Three two-piece hoist ties on the green side. Panels are sewn together from separate pieces of fabric. The shield appears to have been printed directly onto the white panel. The edges are hemmed.
Size
160.5 x 103.5 cm
Object Registration
312
Keywords
italian flag, italy, el alamein, 24th battalion, wangaratta, battle of el alamein, 2/24th battalion
Historical information
This was the official state flag of Italy used by Italian armed forces during WWII. The tri-colour flag with the emblem of the former Royal House of Savoy was the first national flag and lasted for 85 years until the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946.
Soldiers' inscriptions on the flag suggest that it was capture from Italian troops during the Battle of El Alamein on 9 July 1942. The service
numbers tell us that these soldiers served in the 2/24th Battalion from Wangaratta.

Walter Edward PARKER VX34529
Lancelot HALL VX32047 DOB 25/10/1904 Mildura
Greville Egerton DENNYS Capt. NX4731 DOB 4/3/1917 Enl 27/10/1939
GC GREEN VX21968
When Made
pre 1942
Significance
This was the official state flag of Italy used by Italian armed forces during WWII. The tri-colour flag with the emblem of the former Royal House of Savoy was the first national flag and lasted for 85 years until the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. Soldiers' inscriptions on the flag suggest that it was capture from Italian troops during the Battle of El Alamein on 9 July 1942. The service numbers tell us that these soldiers served in the 2/24th Battalion from Wangaratta. Recognising the cultural and historical significance of the flag to both Italy and Australia, the Wangaratta RSL received grant money to have the flag professionally restored and framed in 2017.
Inscriptions & Markings
There are several handwritten inscriptions on the coat of arms in red and blue/black ink detailing the name and service numbers of different soldiers.
Not all of the writing is legible.
Legible texts reads: "VX32047 / L HALL / ALAMEINE / 9.7.42"
"VX21968 / G Green"
"VX?45?? / W PARKER / ALAMEIN" -
"NX4731 Greville Denys"
Last updated
29 Nov 2018 at 3:58PM