Italian Air Force - Observer

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Below you will find pictured several variations of the Italian Observer wing. The first wings shown will be the 1923-1935 pattern wings. Next will be the 1935-1943 pattern wings. Italy surrendered in September, 1943. The Germans set up a puppet government in the North, the RSI (Republica Sociale Italiana). Those pilots which went south and flew with the Americans converted their badges by cutting off the fasces. This is a bundle of rods having among them an axe with a blade. It was historically a symbol of Roman authority and had become a symbol of the fascist state. The symbol in the middle of the wing is called a "Scepter". A Scepter is an ornamental staff signifying authority, an imperial symbol of sovereignty. In Italian the word is "Scettro". Some collectors call this a baton.
1923-1935 Observer Badge
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Rudy A. D'Angelo Collection
3/7/2002
1935-1943 Observer Badge
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Rudy A. D'Angelo Collection
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69.8 mm
30.8 mm
10.8 grams

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7/8/2002
Post 1943 Observer Badge - South Wing - Allied
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Warren Carroll Collection

Please see Mr. Carroll's wonderful book on British Commonwealth wings in the Resources section.
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70 mm
23 mm
Breccia, Roma
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6/18/2002
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Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars