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    "Liberated Florence 1944" Souvenir

    Showing here a non-magnetic, metal tag which appears to be a souvenir item produced in Italy after WWII. It measures approximately 40cm. across and 50cm. high. One side appears to depict a church with wording below (partially illegible) that reads: "Souvenir of Florence". The opposite side reads (around the outer edge): "Keep Me Always I Will Bring You Good Luck". In the centre portion is wording: "LIBERATED FLORENCE 1944" surmounted by a crest.

    I hope that members will enjoy seeing this item. If anyone knows more about it, any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks for looking,

    John
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    #2
    I think a souvenir of private purchase ... in Florence there were many medal counters ... usually of high quality and with enamels....




    https://www.google.it/search?q=liber...3bJDBjk7zrFoPM
    looking for Wehrpäße (and Soldbücher if in good conditions) around Rimini (Adriatic Gothic Line, Italy Sept-Oct 1944)

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      #3
      Originally posted by jwburchell View Post
      It measures approximately 40cm. across and 50cm. high.
      40 x 50 cm or mm?

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        #4
        Originally posted by jwburchell View Post
        One side appears to depict a church with wording below (partially illegible) that reads: "Souvenir of Florence".

        The church is Florence Cathedral [the Duomo di Firenze or, formally, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore].

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          #5
          Originally posted by kanister View Post
          40 x 50 cm or mm?
          Yes...my apologies, it is mm...or 4 cm. x 5 cm. Thanks for the head's-up on that.

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            #6
            Interestingly I have something similar in my collection.
            This one belonged to a US 5th Army veteran.
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            Supporting the italian recovery mission in Kirov...

            http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=911775

            http://www.napv.it/missione-kirov/

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              #7
              I would say that the good luck charms original owner was from the British 8th Army by the Shield with Cross Div sign !...they were involved in 1944 in Florences liberation !
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              sigpicBetter a Lion for a Day..than a Sheep for a Hundred Years!

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                #8
                I have this Commorative medal also for 8th Army troops but given a year before in 43 for landings on Italys mainland !
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                sigpicBetter a Lion for a Day..than a Sheep for a Hundred Years!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Ironcrown View Post
                  Interestingly I have something similar in my collection.
                  This one belonged to a US 5th Army veteran.
                  Nice find Ironcrown.

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                    #10
                    Thanks Simon!
                    This souvenir is part of a gruping I got on the E-stand many years ago.
                    It belonged to a so-called "Kraut-killer", a member of the 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th "Blue Devils" Division. This guy was a truck driver and fought on the Gothic line, earning the CIB.
                    Supporting the italian recovery mission in Kirov...

                    http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=911775

                    http://www.napv.it/missione-kirov/

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