Giovanni Franchini’s Military Career (Pt.2)

Giovanni Franchini atop his beloved horse – Fulmine.

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Giovanni Franchini’s Military Career (Pt.1)

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3 Responses to Giovanni Franchini’s Military Career (Pt.2)

  1. Susie Gribble says:

    From the picture of his grandfather Giovanni posing with sword, it looks like his collar patches are from the Italian army cavalry regiment – which would correspond with your info (take a look at file of Italian Army collar patches). His boots probably had spurs on them as well. I am trying to verify info on my uncle who was in the cavalry regiment of Italian Army at beginning of 20th century – has same collar patches and emblem on hat. Do you know what hat emblem signifies or is a picture of…? And also what is the turret or metal-looking part on top of hat and what does it mean???

    • Bill Franchini says:

      Hi Susie
      tThank you for your interest in my grandfather.
      To answer your questions the hat badge on the Shako (fur hat) was a Hunter Horn with the regimental number in the center. In his case the regiment was the 16th Regiment of Cavalry also known as Cavalleggeri di Lucca, or Lucca Light Horse. cavalry regiments were often named after the city were they were originally raised, in this case Lucca just north of Florence. the collar patches are called “fiamme” or flames. Three flames usually denoted a cavalry unit and each regiment had its own; in this case black. The picture on the horse is usually known as the “undress uniform” or basically a work uniform, the one with the sword was the Dress Uniform and, until 1911, it was still used in the field with the saber and spurs because you usually wore your best when fighting especially if you were Italian!! even in the heat of the Libyan desert.
      I am not sure what you mean by the turret looking thing on his hat but I presume you mean the gold lace button on his Shako. It was just an ornament used to hold the black feather, it’s quite common in the shakos worn by West-point cadets and marching bands.
      I hope to have answered your questions, I would really like to see the picture of your uncle, I may be able to determine his unit, though I was lucky because my grandfathers flames were black, a little harder if they were yellow on a sepia photo :-)

      • Susie Gribble says:

        Would like your input. How can I send you the picture??? Can’t get it in this…

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