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Old 06-15-2019, 04:27 AM   #1
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Hello Gents ...some time ago i picked up this nice example of the Fiume expeditions medal with correct original ribbon awarded for the legionares who were in the March on Ronchi !..recently i read a article on the expedition of 2,500 men lead by the poet soldier Gabriele d ' Annunzio to the city port of Fiume on the 22 /9/ 1919 and fought on till the 28/12/20..known as the Christmas of Blood !!..50 of the rebals were killed !..not many of these medals were issued so reasonable rare now & there is i read also a second type issued ? (If any one has info on that !? )...Semovente
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:32 AM   #2
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Postcard showing D' Annunzio stood with Fiume in the background !
Brilliant pic of d' Annunzio posed with his men (note the Arditi posed with daggers between teeth !!)
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:57 AM   #3
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Dear Semovente,
it is not a rare medal but very desiderable for its history and unfortunately well reproduced.
The originals exist in three production times with different medal weight.
IMHO in photo your medal appear to me an original.



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36 /41.5 grams (first annual distribution 1919/20),
34/35 grams (second distribution around 1920/1936),
30/33 grams (third distribution after 1935 and up to 1945),



The repros sometimes wit the original stamp coin the weight that is less than 29 grams.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:02 AM   #4
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Dear Semovente,
it is not a rare medal but very desiderable for its history and unfortunately well reproduced.
The originals exist in three production times with different medal weight.
IMHO in photo your medal appear to me an original.



Weight
36 /41.5 grams (first annual distribution 1919/20),
34/35 grams (second distribution around 1920/1936),
30/33 grams (third distribution after 1935 and up to 1945),



The repros sometimes wit the original stamp coin the weight that is less than 29 grams.
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Hello Raffaello & thanks......i weighed my medal & it appears to be 36/41.5 grams on the scales !..so from that i conclude its a first issue which is nice !..when i say rare ..i read about 2,500 were known to be issued !..so yes not rare then.. but still not a huge number ! Although Raff as you say the history attatched is conciderable ..i have also seen a miniature version issue medal with suspension ring fitting !..the medals design is by A .de Carolis of S.Johnson manufacter who did the March on Rome medals !.....Semovente
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:42 AM   #5
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Dear Semovente,


I am an collector photos ww1 and ww2 era. This scan is for your passion.
Private photo of an blackshirt (March 1923) with the rare miniature version of medal.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:54 PM   #6
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Ciao Raffaello many thanks for the fantastic photo !..
I will have to look out for the miniature to go with my other one...
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:06 AM   #7
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Years ago I had in my collection Fiume medal along with its named document, all period framed…....and by family indirect purchase

I traded it with something else in my focus, but I still miss that piece of history.

Btw, nice photo Raf

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Years ago I had in my collection Fiume medal along with its named document, all period framed…....and by family indirect purchase

I traded it with something else in my focus, but I still miss that piece of history.

Btw, nice photo Raf

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Wow ! ( Sorry Ric ) but that would have been a very nice item i can understand your regret !
It was a very revolutionary move by D' Annunnzio because of the London agreement & clearly caused ripples on the polictical world stage back then with revolution in Russia & the whole world recovering from WW1, as of course Mussolini was very impressed by him , he is oftern regarded by many as the God father of the Fascist idear !..but in the end of course his own government turned on him & had the battleship Andrea Dora shell his H.Q. in Fiume to oust him !!...Semovente
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Old 06-16-2019, 02:54 PM   #9
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very nice topic! nostalgia for this beautiful medal (I had one unfortunately traded with some postcards!)

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very nice topic! nostalgia for this beautiful medal (I had one unfortunately traded with some postcards!)

ciao Oriano
Thank you Mufasa ...
Yes It would seem your not the only one to regret it !..but thats collecting for you my friend !
Here's some more interesting photo postcards etc of those distant events in Fiume !
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More pics.. & a nice veiw of Fiume harbour with a early battle ship smokin away in the port !
Also some sort of parade of military cyclist takin place & orders given !
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Found some more pics of Fiume fighters & rebels & i just love the three young Arditi posed in this brillant photo , grenades ready to be thrown ! (note the cockeral plumes on the Adrian helmets )...with scorn in their hearts !..while their fightin kniives are clenched between the teeth !..the postcard has written the classic Arditi motto ' Fiume o morte ! '
The bottom pic shows a good mix of types of men from army to naval personnel etc involved in the expedition of 1919..also the mix of uniforms from closed neck tunics to the more modern open lapel jackets !?...Semovente
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Wonderful medal and history Semovente, also there are some nice Fiume postage stamps relating to the event.


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Wonderful medal and history Semovente, also there are some nice Fiume postage stamps relating to the event.


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Thank you Rene indeed ...
I have oftern thought to look deeper into this medal & the very interesting history it has , also the maverick nationalist reactionary personality of Gabriele D' Annunzio who rocked the world still reeling from WW1 with his expedition to help his stranded countrymen in Fiume after the treaty of London ceeded it to yugoslavia !...this nationalist fervour etc did'nt go unnoticed by such similar thinkers such as one Benitio Mussolini !
The stamps sound interesting Rene i would like to see them !?...Semovente..
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Hi Semovente this set shown below were issued by the Italian Royal Republic in 1934 to commemorate the 40th anniversary.


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