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fredleander 

Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

View PostAcqui, on 13 May 2010 - 04:24 PM, said:

Hello Milice
Italian Army didn't supply socks to his soldiers, these where substituted, from the mid XIX cent., by the "pezze da piedi", squarded pieces of cotton to wrap up the bare foot and kept in place introducing the foot in the boot!!! Socks as we know them where privatly provided by the soldeir himself!! the only one that the REI supplied where the long, and without foot, grey green socks given to some troops as Alpini, Nco and Officers ( Officers had to buy their own privatly).
This is it!
Ciao
Remo

I incidentally bumped into this posting and would like to elaborate a little on it. While going through recruit school in the Norwegian army many years ago we were issued this item - "foot cloths". This was the classic infantry foot wear and I am not sure from where they originated, the earlier Norwegian army or the British one. Anyway, this wasn't as crazy as it can sound but they took a little practice to use correctly. If used wrongly the result could be disastrous, with enormous blisters. We were also issued socks which could be used to increase the "hold" on the foot cloths, or even two sets of foot cloths used together. Anyway, these, correctly adapted, served both as a sort of shock absorbers and were cooler during summer than socks were. They were thicker, and more solidly made, than the socks themselves. Originally, I suspect there was also a cost issue involved. With experience we found that the boot itself could make the difference if they worked or not. Too large boots invariably resulted in the cloth losing its form and grip on the foot. To put them on was a whole little ceremony.

They are long gone now....:)/>/>/> ..


Fred

Saetta 

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

Viva L'Italia!

Saetta 

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:17 AM

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Jeff Leser 

Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

Frederico

Thanks for posting the pictures of Equipe Sartoria uniform package.

I must say I am at a loss on why reenactors still look for a Chinese supplier when Remo offers a great package. For the price of a high-end German tunic and pants, SE gives you a high-end uniform set with giacca, pantaloni, camicia, fasce molletieri, cravatta, and bustina, all with insignia of your choice.

He offers everything. A good investment for years of Italian renacting.

Pista!

Jeff

Frederico Aquini 

Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:15 AM

I have finally gotten around to posting some photos of the uniform package I ordered from Remo last year. I got the wool uniform package plus some other goodies. I must say I was, and still am, quite pleased with it! The cut of the puttees make them much easier to wrap and the pantaloons are baggy and long enough that they reach the ankle.

Hereís a photo showing the uniform with Bersaglieri fiamme sewn on. Iíve worn it a few times since I got it last year, so the shirt is a bit faded:
http://i229.photobuc...TTO_GM40_SE.jpg

The uniform package comes with your choice of mostrine and bustina fregio, however I had difficulty deciding and ending up ordering a few different ones. Hereís a photo showing the selection of distintivi I purchased:
http://i229.photobuc...i_e_bustina.jpg

Iíve got to say, the coastal artillery fregio is probably my favorite:
http://i229.photobuc...ds/07CosArt.jpg

Besides the basic uniform package, I also got the tropical M42 Bustina, to which I made one modification. When I received it, the chin strap was sewn to the cap without buttons. Whilst this is authentic, I wanted the other style, so I sewed button holes and added original wood buttons. Iím sure Remo can and does make both kind, but I didnít specify. Here is a photo showing the modification I made:
http://i229.photobuc.../03HPIM1639.jpg

And hereís a couple photos from my last event:
http://i229.photobuc...glieri_me02.jpg
http://i229.photobuc...glieri_me01.jpg

Frederico

Jeff Leser 

Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:13 PM

Frederico

Color and cotton instead of wool and Yes, Remo sells them.

Pista!

Jeff

Frederico Aquini 

Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

View PostJeff Leser, on 23 February 2010 - 02:21 PM, said:

I would add a set of A.S. mollettiere to the purchase. While it is quite acceptable to use the g-v mottettiere, a pre-war or earily war unit would likely have the A.S. verison.


Jeff,

Do the A.S. mollettiere differ only in colour and does Remo offer them?

Frederico

Jeff Leser 

Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

Tony

We can discuss uniforms in detail off-line. I have a M40 and a M42 colonial uniforms, so I can outfit you. We have options.

Pista!

Jeff

Tony 

Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:35 PM

Jeff,

Please, feel free to wear you A.S. impression around St Joe! You wont be hurting my feelings. Still job hunting but if I land one here, sooner than later I hope, I will look into getting an A.S. deal from Remo. End of June is still far off. If not, since it will be summer, I can stick it out with the basic wools. I don't think any of us will be wearing our cont. tunics, should be hot out there. I just need a bustina to complete my uniform. If you and Chris go with the A.S., perhaps I could borrow one of your bustinas? That may give us a nice mix of uniforms for display purposes for the public. Show the different types of uniforms the Italians wore for summer months?? Or desert wear, I guess.

For the beach landing as Livornio, I do feel we should all try to be in same uniform though. And after our battle on Sunday, it's pretty much pack up and go home.

Pista!

Tony

Riccardo 

Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

Being blessed with a smaller swede would make it easier to find period headgear that fits, to be sure.

If I may quote Sean Connery in 'The Man Who Would Be King': "him there with the 'five-and-a-half' hat-size has the makings of a bloody hero!" :D

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