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01 May 2013 - 01:57 PMHas anyone experienced slow load times of the site? For me, many times the first post of thread loads quickly, then it is the elevator music for an extented period of time. I have also experienced long delays when uploading pictures (the last one was only 24kb). Thanks!
30 April 2013 - 02:02 PMThe members of the Monte Cervino received their giubba a venti from Sartoria Equipe yesterday. All I can say is WOW!
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Remo of SE has made an excellent copy of this desirable item. The first things you notice are the color and the weight of the material. This isn’t some put-together jacket using what is available. You know this giubba will keep out wind and rain. The material is a tightly woven canvas that will repel water with ease. I gave my giubba a wash in the washing machine to start the breaking-in process. It was pretty much dry when I took it out of the machine and only let it hang out for a few minutes. No need at all to put it in the dryer.
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The color is a close match to the g-v colors I see on the originals.
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The construction is top notch. The eyelets for the thigh gussets cord are strong and fully set-in the fabric. The buttons are the correct g-v Bakelite and sewn with strong thread. The cuff gussets are present and the neck bib has the button that fastens it closed after the alpino puts it on. The collar is large and has the neck closure tie underneath. The rolled cord underneath the shoulder reinforcement to keep equipment straps from slipping off the shoulders is faithfully reproduced.
Unlike their uniforms which are sized to order, SE makes the giuba a vento in the original three sizes as issued by the R.E. No measurements needed, but one must remember that the sizes are what they are. Sizes are by chest measurement. I ordered a size 2 which fit my 70” 180lb frame well. Plenty of room for layers underneath, shoulders and sleeve length were good.
What can I say, there is no doubt that this giubba will be my favorite uniform item for wear. With a g-v camicia underneath in the summer, or my g-v sweater in the winter, it is a sharp looking and functional part of the alpino’s uniform. I can even see wearing this for civilian attire.
16 April 2013 - 02:44 PMThe WW2 Weekend at Jeff Barracks is scheduled for 27-28 Apr. This is a display event with public battles. It is always a good time and a chance to see a wide variety of impressions.
The Monte Cervino will be attending with our display. We should have four members present.
02 February 2013 - 03:25 PMThis is LUCE footage dated & August 1942. The footage covers the Italian troops in Russia. Starting at 5:30 minutes the narrator begins talking about the Alpini. The film then shows Alpini wearing the white ski ammunition belts. The weapons show include the moschetti per cavalleria, the Breda 37, and the M47/32.
The Monte Cervino arrived in Russia in February 1942. it wsa th eonly Alpini unit in Russia until the Corpo d'armata Alpini arrived in July-August. It is also the only unit I am aware of that was issued the white ski belts. The weapons seen in the film were the correct weapons for this battalion. So it is very likely that unit depicted is in fact the Monte Cervino.
Italians in Russia
As always any different thoughts are welcome.
21 January 2013 - 10:38 PMPosts moved from the Monte Cervino reenactment unit thread to this location.
Thanks for the positive comments. Yes we try to be uniform, but are still working on it.
I see I misspelled the term pogey bait, so it is now corrected. I have used that word since I first joined the Army but never had to spell it before today.
The giubba a vento is one I bought off Ebay awhile ago. I believe it was one of the Chinese vendors selling off stock. Right size and very cheap, so I took a risk.
It is not technically correct. One of our members was still missing some items, so we had to outfit him with what we had available. As we were short a giacca, I pressed this vento into service. The correct vento is the one Hunter and Remo have previously posted pictures of here on CS. While I have seen drawings of this style in khaki (see Osprey's Italian Army (1) and the Concord's Italy Army at War), I have never found a picture of this style except in white. Viotti doesn't mention a variation except the white one. So I have my doubts and plan to retire this one once my correct vento arrives.
Yes, we are wearing a mix of M40 pantaloni and M41 pantaloni per paracadutisti. The Monte Cervino was authorized the M41s in Oct 41. I am hoping all members will have a pair of both styles so we can be correct for any period.
Yes we are carrying our water in the zaini. None of the pictures of the battalion show the alpini with borracce visible. Skiing with a canteen flopping around is distracting.
If you have other questions, please ask.